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Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Our cultural, scientific and technical relations are rich and long-standing and our geographic and linguistic proximity favours close cultural ties, governed by an agreement that dates back to 1954. Nevertheless, the trends of recent years are changing cultural cooperation between France and Luxembourg significantly. Luxembourg’s desire to position itself as a European capital of culture as well as a financial hub has resulted in the opening five years ago of a large number of cultural infrastructures, sometimes built (the Philharmonic) or directed (the Centre Culturel de Rencontre de l’Abbaye de Neumünster, Museum of Modern Art, etc.) by French nationals. Scientific and university cooperation has also evolved following the opening of a full-time university based on the British-American model and the development of the Esch-Belval cross-border cooperation project focusing on research and technology. In 2007, Luxembourg was the first European capital to hold the title of European capital of culture for the second time in association with the Greater Sar/Lor/Lux region. The initiative that carries the bulk of the project today, which was presented to develop EU cross-border synergies, has its roots in Luxembourg.

The Pierre Werner Franco-German-Luxembourg Cultural Institute, situated in the Abbaye de Neumünster and inaugurated on 13 October 2003 by the three Foreign Affairs Ministers of the countries involved, became the Pierre Werner European Cultural Institute in June 2006. Having held its first international forum on the topic, “Experiences of cultural diversity”, in May 2004, it is now open to all EU countries, and focuses on research and reflection activities on European themes.

Updated on 28.06.10

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