On Tuesday early evening, ING Luxembourg celebrated the inauguration of its new headquarters in Luxembourg city, opposite Luxembourg-gare, entitled “ING Lux House”.
Colette Dierick, CEO at ING Luxembourg, welcomed an invited audience of business representatives, politicians and community leaders, and spoke in English, Dutch and French, recalling the story of the origins of the building project known as Orange Bricks.
She explained that the bank’s motto is to empower people to stay ahead in life and in business. She recalled that ING Luxembourg has won on a number of occasions awards for being a great place to work, and she said that the new building is very much a great place to work.
She revealed that the building will be used to exhibit and show a number of art works in the bank and its foyer.
Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, addressed the audience first in Dutch before continuing in French. He talked about the re-urbanisation of the city and, in particular, the station area.
Continuing in English, he talked about the development of new construction projects in the Cloche d’Or and recently opening other new buildings in Kirchberg. Luxembourg is continuing to change and grow. Luxembourg welcomes the challenges of tomorrow and is not just a financial centre. Luxembourg is now a smart nation; it is ready for the FinTechs of tomorrow – the next big thing.
He said he wants to be the Prime Minister of a start-up nation; being proud not only of the past but also the future – to become the Silicon Valley of tomorrow.
Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg’s Minister of Finance, talked in French and English about the financial service sector in Luxembourg and credit cards, an initiative at which ING had been at the forefront. He also referred to last Saturday’s ING Night Marathon, as well as other areas in which Luxembourg is at the forefront, including Green Bonds and the Green Stock Exchange.
He referred to ING as innovative, and the Luxembourg House of FinTech (LHoFT). He concluded by thanking ING to put their trust in Luxembourg and investing in a new headquarters.
Lydie Polfer, Mayor of Luxembourg city, spoke in French and thanked ING Luxembourg for its investment as well as its corporate social responsibility programme which included title sponsorship of last Saturday’s city marathon.
The official speeches were followed by the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon by the dignitaries; those guests who were interested could then participate in a 20-minute guided tour of the new building which comprises 6 overground floors and the courtyard – where the opening ceremony took place -, etc., on level -1. The bank also has a state-of-the-art 120-seat multi-media auditorium.