Luxembourg government declines to pay for the transport

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When Luxembourg decided that they would build a new European school Luxembourg 2 in the middle of nowhere, they promised to provide transport for students attending new school. But now they decline to pay for any transport (from last meeting on 28.6.2012).

According to law of 29 June 2004 on public transport, the Ministry of Transport assumes responsibility for all transport exceeding the limit of the territory of one municipality.

This is a copy from Session ordinaire 2007-2008:

“7. Infrastructures de transport
7.1. Transports publics et scolaires
Desserte future du site par les transports en commun

Conformément à une décision du Gouvernement, l’Etat assure une prise en charge des transports par autobus et par trains des élèves fréquentant la deuxième Ecole européenne à Bertrange/Maamer, sur base d’un programme à développer.

En vertu de la loi modifiée du 29 juin 2004 sur les transports publics, le Ministère des Transports assure la responsabilité pour tous les transports réguliers organisés par les soins de ses services et dépassant la limite du territoire d’une seule commune.

Quant aux modalités de l’organisation des transports spécifiques pour l’Ecole européenne à Bertrange/
Mamer, il y aura lieu d’en définir les besoins réels au niveau des horaires et des tracés à partir du moment où les détails y relatifs seront suffisamment connus.

Il est entendu que l’organisation des transports en commun sera préparée en étroite collaboration avec la Direction et avec l’Association des Parents d’Elèves de l’Ecole européenne. Il est également souhaitable que le fonctionnement de ce transport puisse s’intégrer dans le réseau actuel des lignes publiques nationales.”

You can read the whole document here.

1 COMMENT

  1. It’s not that they just don’t won’t to pay for the transport (even if they promised to do so): the ugliest thing is that despite all the promises about how good and efficient the transport plan would be, it turned out that the parents are obliged to accompany small children to school and pick them up in person!!!!!!!!

    Let me quote the reply I got from the CPE administration:
    “The Rules on admission to and operation of the CPE establishments stipulates that parents have to pick up their children in the class room of the CPE. This is normal practice for childcare organised after the school hours, it provides for the best security for children and allows a great flexibility to parents in terms of time.”
    I couldn’t agree more regarding the security of small kids but they should have thought about it earlier and left the small children (age 3 to 7) in Kirchberg, close to their parents. I really don’t see any flexibility for parents in terms of time, we work until 5.30 and Mamer is 40 min away.

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