The disappearing commune trick
From January 1, Luxembourg will see a dramatic transformation in a handful of communes with ten local authorities disappearing altogether.
No, it is not a magic trick dreamed up by magician David Goldrake, but simply the implementation of Luxembourg's fusioning project, streamlining local authority functions.
Interior Minister Jean-Marie Halsdorf is spearheading the initiative, which will reduce the total number of communes in the country from 116 to 71 by 2017.
Six laws relating to the reorganisation were voted in on May 10 this year which are aimed at ensuring better distribution of finances and increasing transparency and objectivity.
The first effects of the reorganisation were felt in last October's communal elections when voters elected representatives to lead the newly created communes.
From next week (January 1), the changes will become a reality when Bascharage and Clemency local authorities will join to become Käerjéng.
Other communes affected include Esch-sur-Sûre with Heiderscheid and Neunhausen to be known as Esch-sur-Sûre, Ermsdorf and Medernach to become the commune of la vallée de l’Ernz, Burmerange, Schengen and Wellenstein to become Schengen, Consthum, Hoscheid and Hosingen to become Parc Hosingen and Clervaux, Heinerscheid and Munshausen to be managed under the commune of Clervaux.