“For me, it’s important to try new ideas and reinvent the Luxembourg economy,” Schneider told the US-based broadcaster.
“Minister, when you came up with this idea, they thought you were barking mad,” the CNN journalist said during the interview.
Schneider replied: “Absolutely, some still do... I’m a politician, you need a vision; you need a vision to bring your country forward.”
The deputy prime minister later pointed to SES, the homegrown satellite operator launched in the 1980s to widespread skepticism, which is now a world market leader. “I’m quite sure that we will as be as successful in space mining as well,” Schneider, of the LSAP, said in the TV segment.
Later he stated: “You need to dare; you need to be courageous if you want to develop the economy”.
The only country in the world that has a legal framework for space mining is--since last December--the US, Schneider noted. Luxembourg will soon be the second, he said. We “want to be in the driver’s seat, at least in the European Union” in developing the sector.