Luxembourg’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, His Excellency, Mr Hubert Wurth, and his wife will be visiting the Island on Tuesday 12 July and Wednesday 13 July 2011. 

During the visit, the Ambassador will meet with Ministers to explore strengthening diplomatic, business and cultural ties with Luxembourg, and collaboration in financial services. They will also discuss forthcoming negotiations for a Double Taxation Agreement between Jersey and Luxembourg, as well as EU tax directives.  

Chief Minister, Senator Terry Le Sueur, said: “I am very much looking forward to welcoming the Ambassador. Like Jersey, Luxembourg is an important centre for wealth management and a number of Jersey-based companies have offices in Luxembourg. This is an excellent opportunity to strengthen existing links between the two jurisdictions.” 

Assistant Chief Minister, UK and International Relations, Senator Freddie Cohen, added: “I look forward to meeting Ambassador Wurth and to discussing many important areas of mutual relevance to Jersey and Luxembourg. This will include tourism, heritage and financial services.” 

During his visit, the Ambassador will also meet with the Deputy Bailiff and a number of representatives from the financial services industry. His wife, Mrs Francisca Wurth, will visit a number of Jersey attractions including Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Eric Young Orchid Foundation.

Notes to Editors:

1. For further information, please call Ana Charalambous on 440430 or Sam Le Quesne on 440429.

2. For further information about His Excellency, Mr Hubert Wurth, see: http://londres.mae.lu/en/The-Ambassador

3. Ambassador biography:
Hubert Wurth arrived in London on 26 August 2007 to take over as Ambassador to the Court of St James’s. He was born on 15 April 1952. In addition to holding various positions in the Foreign Ministry over the years, Mr Wurth was Deputy Permanent Representative of his country to the Council of Europe (1979), and Private Secretary to the Vice-President of the Government and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Economic Affairs and Justice (1981). In 1986 he was appointed as Director Delegate for Political Affairs with a special responsibility for security issues.

From 1988 to 1991, he served as Luxembourg’s Ambassador to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Poland, Finland and Mongolia, in residence in Moscow. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Wurth was Luxembourg’s Ambassador to the Netherlands. During that period, he also served as Luxembourg’s Ambassador on special mission for the former Yugoslavia (1996).

From 1998-2003, Hubert Wurth was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the United Nations, in New York. From 2003 to 2007 he was his country’s Ambassador to France, to OECD and to UNESCO. Ambassador Wurth presented his credentials in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 11 October 2007. On 11 December 2007 he presented his credentials to President Mary McAleese of Ireland and on 12 January 2008 he presented his letters of credence to Mr Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland.