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Mandatory transparency around the Google project

The Access to Documents Commission has decided. The government and the municipality of Bissen have one month to unveil the outline of the agreement signed with the American giant, in particular with regard to the future of the land in the event of the abandonment of the data center project.

The Access to Documents Commission has decided. The government and the municipality of Bissen have one month to unveil the outline of the agreement signed with the American giant, in particular with regard to the future of the land in the event of the abandonment of the data center project.

(DH) – Opposed to the Google project in Bissen, the ecological movement (Meco) has just won its first battle. Indeed, the Access to Documents Commission has just ruled in favor of the environmental protection association which, like the Christian Social Party, asked the authorities to take note of the terms of the “Memorandum of Understanding”. This agreement signed by the government, the American multinational digital and the municipality of Bissen decides in particular the fate of the land in case of abandonment of the project.

Last October, and by virtue of the right of access to administrative documents, Meco had requested the communication of the document in order to know the content of the commitments made by the various stakeholders in the data center project. In response, the Ministry of Economy then replied that “this document was of a confidential nature, preventing its communication”. For their part, the elected officials of Bissen took refuge behind the fact that the document was not subject to an obligation of publication, since prior to the entry into force of the law of 2018.


The saga of setting up a data center will experience new developments. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the American giant’s host municipality is expected to postpone its final decision until the fall. Recall of facts.


These arguments were not accepted by the members of the Access to Documents Commission. Unanimously, they decided, on May 4, that the agreement in question “is indeed a communicable document”, according to Meco.

As a reminder, still last fall, the Meco had already filed an appeal before the administrative court against the decision of the Ministry of the Interior to approve the reclassification by the municipality of Bissen of the land called to host the data center.

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Environmentalists, like part of the population, believe that the environmental impact assessment was insufficient and that the question of the water supply, necessary to cool the data center, remained unresolved. She also stressed that the project “did not correspond to the vision of a Luxembourg focusing on sustainable business sectors”.

The Google project thus continues to spread ink. It also caused the breakup of the majority CSV in the municipal council and the resignation of the mayor Jos Schummer. If the data center did not finally see the light of day, the government undertook to use the surface of the “Busbierg” as an area of ​​economic activity.


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