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Five stories you may have missed

2 min. 27.02.2021
In case you missed them, the Luxembourg Times has selected five of the best stories from the past week
The Kirchberg business district in Luxembourg City
The Kirchberg business district in Luxembourg City
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Luxembourg to use AstraZeneca vaccine quicker as cases rise

Luxembourg will save up fewer doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for a required second shot to speed up its inoculation campaign, Health Minister Paulette Lenert said on Thursday, handing out more first doses of the drug as infections with the coronavirus picked up speed again.

Speeding up first doses of the vaccine is all the more important as new variants of the virus are spreading, Lenert said at a press conference.

EIB loses suicide-related case against former employee

A Luxembourg court on Thursday acquitted a former employee of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in a fraud case in which the bank invoked its legal immunity to avoid the details of a suicide that took place on its premises from becoming public.

The Luxembourg-based EIB had filed the case against a former manager, Paul Van Houtte, it accused of insurance fraud, but had objected to the disclosure of a document that might have shed light on the circumstances of the incident.

More delays for European public prosecutor

The European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) will miss another deadline as a majority of countries have still not appointed the staff that would investigate EU budget fraud locally, the Luxembourg-based institution said on Wednesday.

So far, only eight countries ouf of 22 have sent candidates for the so-called delegated prosecutors, meaning the newly established institution will miss a provisional starting date of 1 March

SES turns in €86 million loss over 2020

Luxembourg satellite group SES turned in a €86 million loss in 2020, hit by restructuring costs and impairment expenses, posting a much worse result than market analysts had predicted.

The company made the loss after spending €360 million on restructuring the company, helping the US with its 5G network roll-out and impairment expenses. 

Parental leave available to workers hired long after child's birth, court rules

A company cannot refuse an employee's request for parental leave because the worker was not employed when a child was born or adopted, the EU’s highest court ruled on Thursday.

However, EU member states may require that a parent be employed continuously for a year immediately before starting a period of leave, the European Court of Justice said.

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