AMCHAM Luxembourg, in partnership with The British Chamber of Commerce, welcomed H. E. Mr. John Marshall, British Ambassador to Luxembourg, as the guest speaker for the February ABAL luncheon.
The seminar held on 2 February 2017 looked at the data protection and employment law rules with respect to the monitoring of employees at the workplace, including recent Luxembourg case law on the matter.
Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna joined us and our partner organizations on 7 December 2016 to preview the Luxembourg Government national budget for the new year and to visit with our members who make such an important contribution to the economic success of Luxembourg.
On 18 November 2016, the AMCHAM community gave thanks to our Luxembourg hosts, the Luxembourg Government and indeed the collective international community for the good life we live here in this beautiful and welcoming country in the heart of Europe. We were honored by the presence of the presence of guest speaker Mr. Claude Wiseler, H.E. Ambassador David McKean, H.E. John Marshall, H.E. Ambassador Thomas Antoine and Honorary Ambassador Guy de Muyser.
On 8 November 2016 at AUTOPOLIS Bertrange, Minister of Justice Félix Braz, explained the rules for setting up and managing the new 1.1.1. Company entity; Mr. Carlo Thelen, the General Director of the Chamber of Commerce introduced the House of Entrepreneurship - One-Stop Shop initiative and Mr. Karl Horsburgh, Director at B.U.R.O.S., continued with a presentation on taxation for micro and small companies.
On 13 October AMCHAM's Real Estate Committee organized their second 2016 event at PwC Luxembourg. We've heard about the latest real estate trends and developments for the Luxembourg market from the Minister for Housing Marc Hansen who gave the opening keynote address. His intervention was followed by a round table discussion having as participants Mario Di Stefano (Partner, DSM Di Stefano Moyse), Georges Berna (Partner, Property S.A.), Alexandre Jaumotte (Partner, PwC Luxembourg), Severine Moca (Director, PwC), Frédéric Wersand (Partner, PwC Luxembourg), John Ravoisin (Partner, PwC Luxembourg).
Christine Bovi (SIP) and Kasia Kolo (Social media expert) were our guest speakers on 11 October for the Twitter Workshop, moderated by Geoff Thompson, Editor of The Luxembourg Chronicle.
Art du Temps Gallery, in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg and BMW Bilia-Emond organized on 24 September an event around the exhibition of works of the American illustrator and artist E.B. Lewis, French painter Laurent Dauptain and French sculptor Frédéric Lange.
The Workshop took place on 13 July 2016 and looked at using Facebook to market one's organisation, products and services, showing how important it is to be clear on the story you want to tell. It addressed setting (realistic) goals, identifying what one wants to achieve, bearing in mind the resources available to invest in this marketing channel, and focusing on building brand recognition, driving sales, driving recruitment, etc.
On 26 June 2016 AMCHAM welcomed HR professionals and private individuals to a presentation on health care and private pensions in Luxembourg. We were honored to welcome as guest speakers: Paul Schmit and Jérôme Roux from the Caisse Nationale de Santé, Thomas Merten and Cécilia Gourlaouen from Foyer and Patrick Schomaker from Luxembourg Air Rescue.
The Ministry of Education, Children and Youth (MENJE) has reassessed the potential need for English schooling within the public education system in Luxembourg and after launching two questionnaires for the second time at the end of 2015: one aimed at HR divisions within companies and one for employees and parents in general.On 11 April 2016, our guest speaker, Ms. Louise Crosby, presented the results of these two surveys.
RiskMap is Control Risks' annual publication and provides organizations with an in-depth analysis on major risks that organizations may face in the year ahead. At AMCHAM’s ABAL Lunch on 14 March Control Risks’ Director, Jonathan Wood provided an overview of the key themes that are likely to dominate global politics and business throughout 2016.
Anti-terrorist expert Jean Labrique was AMCHAM’s guest speaker on 9 March. Mr. Labrique is currently Secretary General of Western Defense Studies Institute, a think tank organization based in Rome, focused on Homeland Security, Criminal Investigations, Counter-Terrorism, and Crisis-Management. Mr. Labrique talked about the impact of Terrorism on business.
On 3 March, Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna was the guest of honor and key note speaker for an AMCHAM Tax Committee event on EU and global tax harmonization and its impact on Luxembourg. With 140 guest in the Audience in the conference room at Banque de Luxembourg, AMCHAM Chairman, Paul Schonenberg praised the Minister for his world view, strategic thinking and ability to find fair and balanced solutions for Luxembourg, the citizens and the companies. Minister Gramegna responded by echoing these themes and additionally explaining the government proposals for tax reductions for both companies and individuals impacting all tax payers except those with the highest incomes. Next on the program were a specialist tax presentations and a panel discussion all moderated by Frank Muntendam the Chairman of the AMCHAM tax Committee followed by a networking cocktail.
On February 25th 2016, AMCHAM's Real Estate Committee organized the event "Real Estate in Luxembourg: what you should know, what's new" with our guest speakers Mr. Jean Paul Scheuren, President of the CIGDL, Mr. Mario Di Stefano, Manager Partner of DSM Law, Mrs. Nicole Avez-Nana, Director at AB-Lux Relocation Services and Mrs. Camilla Cuppini, communications Director at Just Arrived. The event was held at the Hotel Sofitel Kirchberg.
On February 1st 2016, Mr. Raymond Lang and Mr. Martial Beguin from Vanbreda & Lang spoke about a false sense of security: CEO’s and director’s Liability. The ABAL Luncheon held at the Hotel Parc-Alvisse in Luxembourg-Dommeldange.
On January 26th, AMCHAM held "New year's Reception and Book Launch Party" at the Cercle Cité. More than 500 guests attended the event, among which were Luxembourg City Mayor Lydie Polfer, Luxembourg Employment Minister Nicolas Schmit and former Economy Minister Jeannot Krecké.
On December 2nd, Minister of Finance, Pierre Gramegna was AMCHAM's guest of honor for the Annual Christmas Lunch. He presented the Luxembourg budget for the coming year.
On November 25th, our guest speaker is Professor Doctor Jorge Vasconcellos. He was awarded the Jean Monnet Chair (by the Jean Monnet Foundation Brussels), is one of the word's authorities on Peter Drucker and his books has been translated into eleven languages.
On the 24th November, the AMCHAM New Business and Entrepreneur Committee, in cooperation with the IPIL talked about how the upcoming 1-1-1 company structure can be used to protect the intellectual property.
The Annual AMCHAM Thanksgiving Dinner took place at the Kikuoka Golf Club in Canach. The honourable Alice Walpole, British Ambassador and Mr. David Goldrake was our honoured guests speaker on this occasion. The evening offered great company, delicious food and live music with the famous Marco Boesen. Great tombola prices were given out at the end of the dinner.
Moral harassment is one of the most rapidly emerging workplace complaints. In view of this point, our seminar aimed to shed some light on situations when an employer is faced with this topic, covering some keys elements i.e. the employer's liability and obligations, coupled with case law.
On 20 October 2015, our guest speaker Mr. Pim van Ballekom, Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) talked about the Investment Plan for Europe (IPE, colloquially known as the "Juncker Plan") and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)
On 5 October 2015, our guest speaker Mr. Ivaylo Piskov took us on a journey through the existing business and startup support ecosystem in Luxembourg, showing us what works and what fails short. He also introduced the “Together Strong” concept for a new Luxembourg Startup Support and Advancement Center, explaining its win-win benefits for startups and partners alike.
On July 6th 2015, our speakers Mr. René Aerts from VOLVO, Mr. Gary Cywie from Allen & Overy and Mr. German Castignani from the University of Luxembourg talked about the current and upcoming trends in autonomous driving and the existing opportunities for Luxembourg and Local business.
On June 18th 2015, our guest speaker was Prime Minister Mr. Xavier Bettel, in his capacity as Minister for Communications and Media, spoke about the initiatives to turn Luxembourg into a "smart" nation and provided an outlook on Luxembourg’s forthcoming EU Council Presidency.
On June 1st 2015, our guest speaker was General Manager Mike LYDEN, from the NATO Support and Procurement Agency. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency has evolved to become the NATO Premier Logistics and Procurement Services provider and has been a long standing business and industry partner with Luxembourg based companies.
On May 21th 2015, EMCC and AMCHAM Luxembourg sailed round the world with Brendan Hall, the winner of the 2010 “The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race”. Brendan talked about the challenges of turning the team of 44 people that were allocated to him by the race organisers into a cohesive, disciplined and high-performing sailing unit. After the conference, Brendan signed his book, “Team Spirit”, which focused primarily on the challenges of managing and motivating a diverse crew in a high pressure, dangerous environment.
On May 11th 2015, Professor Earl Fry of Brigham Young University argued that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment initiative Program (TTIP) will create the biggest open market economy in the history of the world while at the same time creating more prosperity and jobs in Europe and America, lowering the costs to consumers and creating defacto global standard for consumer safety.
On May 4th 2015, Mrs. Patrizia Luchetta spoke about moving from private to public and from public to entrepreneurial independence. She argued that mobility and versatility are more than a simple element for personal growth; they are a key asset for a country’s competitiveness and economic performance. The event was jointly sponsored by The Network and MCMC.
On April 27th, the numerous participants at the 111 Company event received a detailed update of the progress made on the 111 company legislation, an insightful analysis of the economic impact and benefits that the 111 company is expected to create in Luxembourg, and a real example of how the 111 company will be immediately beneficial to a local initiative. The formal discussion was followed by a networking cocktail.
On April 7th, for the April edition of the American Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg’s ABAL Luncheon, Patrice Brun, Managing Director of Great Place to Work® in Luxembourg took the stage to tell the participants about the insights of the 100 Best Companies list edited by FORTUNE Magazine on the 5th of March 2015.