PM Bettel will meet with Cédric O in Paris on Monday and with Jean Castex in Matignon on Tuesday. / © SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen
A number of important issues are set to be discussed, including the Covid vaccination certificate, the situation of cross-border employees, and the fiscal system.
With vaccination numbers on the rise and a continuous decrease in new infections becoming more apparent by the day, the Covid-19 situation in the Grand Duchy is slowly stabilising. Although it is unlikely that all restrictions will be dropped in the near future, it looks like this year's summer might be more relaxed than the previous one.
Three landmark events are eagerly being awaited: the end of current restrictions on 12 June, the introduction of a smartphone app to certify vaccinations and tests, as well as the end of cross-border-worker accords with France and Belgium.
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna will be in Paris on Monday and Tuesday for a state visit, where they intend to discuss and coordinate further measures with our French neighbours.
Most notably the situation concerning cross-border employees, of which France has the greatest fraction (more than 105,000 at the moment). Only a few weeks ago, PM Better underlined the importance of their work and commitment to the Grand Duchy, without whom the country "would not have prevailed".
The DP politician also recently announced that he intended to meet with French digitalisation officials to discuss the quicker introduction of a "3G" certificate (the "G" representing "geimpft, getest, oder gesond", meaning "vaccinated, tested, or recovered"). The respective EU certificate is currently expected to arrive in July.
On Monday, PM Bettel will thus meet with Cédric O, Secretary of State for the Digital Economy in France. On Tuesday, Bettel will be in Matignon to see French Prime Minister Jean Castex.
In the meantime, Minister Gramegna will meet with the French Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire, as well as with Pascal Saint-Amans, who is the Head of the International Co-operation and Tax Competition Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Ministerial Council Meeting
Both Luxembourgish politicians will also participate in the OECD's 2021 Ministerial Council Meeting over the coming two days, which is the organisation's most important event of the year. A total of 37 countries have sent representatives to France for the meeting, which runs under the motto "Shared values: Building a Green and Inclusive Future."
PM Bettel will have the honour of presiding over the transition of power between Angel Gurria, outgoing secretary general, and his successor Mathias Cormann from Australia.