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  1. At its sitting on 31 July 2015, the Government Council adopted a bill for the organisation of civil security and the creation of a Grand Ducal Fire and Rescue Corps. This dossier presents the details of the emergency service reform and recounts the individual landmarks of the reform.

  2. The Ministry of the Economy regularly goes on missions abroad to promote the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg as a great place for business. This dossier offers background information on the organisation of these missions.

  3. Luxembourg, a multilingual and multicultural country, recognises three official languages, notably Luxembourgish as the national language. This dossier focuses on the governenment strategy for the promotion of the Luxembourgish language and presents the specified objectives, the concrete commitments and the implementation tools.

  4. The Benelux Union brings together the kingdoms of Belgium and the Netherlands as well as the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The Union, founded in 1944, aims at a closer cooperation between the three countries. Predominantly economic at its beginnings, the Union now focuses on three key themes: internal market and economy, security and society as well as sustainable and digital cooperation.

  5. The aim of the 'Digital Lëtzebuerg' initiative is to strengthen and consolidate Luxembourg's position in the ICT field and to transform the country into a centre of excellence for new technologies. The initiative represents a coherent, bold, effective strategy generally applied to all government policies.

  6. At the European Council in June 2000, the member states reach agreement that the EU should work towards full implementation of the exchange of information between tax authorities. The 2008 economic and financial crisis hastens the move towards fiscal transparency. This dossier presents Luxembourg's efforts in order to bring its entire body of tax agreements in line with the international standard.

  7. Introduction   The protocol in Luxembourg distinguishes between working visits, official visits and state visits, with state visits being reserved for Heads of State at the formal invitation of HRH the Grand Duke. However, Heads of State can also come

  8. The Government's Open Data strategy aims to provide for the possibility of universal access to public data, thereby enabling individuals, businesses and the media to reuse, combine or share data for any appropriate purpose. The purpose of the strategy is thus to create social, economic or environmental added value, and to improve performance in public services.

  9. The Greater Region includes the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate, the Lorraine region, Wallonia and the German-speaking Community in Belgium. Counting some 11.5 million inhabitants, the Greater Region forms an institutional framework for cross-border cooperations in areas as diverse as mobility, education, culture, tourism, society, economy or environment.

  10. Since 1980, the development cooperation policy has been one of the central tenets of Luxembourg's foreign policy. Based on targeted partnerships and underpinned by the key principles of reliability, commitment and expertise, the policy is geared towards the eradication of poverty, especially in the least developed countries, and is consistent with the goal of sustainable development.

  11. In light of the current migration crisis, the government's reception and integration policy is based on three pillars: reception and accommodation, education and health. A responsible and supportive migration policy taking into account every aspect of the crisis aims to guarantee adequate support and assistance for each refugee arriving in Luxembourg.

  12. The general elections in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg took place on 20 October 2013. On 29 October, the LSAP, DP and déi gréng delegations gathered under the presidency of the formateur Xavier Bettel in order to initiate the coalition negotiations for the formation of the new government. On 29 November, the three parties signed the coalition agreement.