Déi Gréng's Claude Turmes is pictured being sworn in at the Grand Ducal palace by Grand Duke Henri
Photo: SIP/Jean-Christophe Verhaegen
Green politician Claude Turmes was officially sworn in on Wednesday by Grand Duke Henri, as new secretary of state for sustainable development and infrastructure.
Turmes succeeds Camille Gira, who died of a heart attack after collapsing while delivering a speech in parliament on 16 May. Prime minister Xavier Bettel, sustainable development minister François Bausch and environment minister Carole Dieschbourg were present during the swearing-in ceremony.
Claude Turmes is also co-lead candidate of Déi Gréng for the north constituency, alongside Stéphanie Empain, for the legislative elections on 14 October. He is replaced in the European Parliament (where he sat for twenty years) by Tilly Metz.
Turmes paid tribute to Gira in a blog post on 29 May, in which he said Gira had mentored him in “Green party politics” and encouraged him to run for the Greens in Luxembourg in the 1999 European elections.