“The ball is now in Google’s court”

Questioned on the file of the installation of a datacenter in Bissen, Minister Franz Fayot indicated that all legal remedies were now exhausted against this project. From now on, the American giant has the free way to act.

Installation of a data center in Bissen

Thomas BERTHOL

Questioned on the file of the installation of a datacenter in Bissen, Minister Franz Fayot indicated that all legal remedies were now exhausted against this project. From now on, the American giant has the free way to act.

Where is the Google Data Center project in Bissen, on the cards since 2017? Deputy Laurent Mosar (CSV) questioned Franz Fayot (LSAP) on this subject this Wednesday during a public session in the Chamber.


Baugrundstück für Google Subsidiary in Bissen. Photo: Gerry Huberty/Luxemburger Wort

A Google data center has been expected in Bissen for several years. In a recent parliamentary response, Economy Minister Franz Fayot recalled that this file remained a priority for the government.


The Minister of the Economy noted that this was not the first time that a question had been addressed to him concerning this file in the Chamber. He lamented that attention was focused more on Google’s future data center which is taking time to see the light of day to the detriment of other projects which are being carried out such as that of Goodyear in Dudelange, whose opening is celebrated this Thursday in the presence of Prince William.

Franz Fayot recalled that the appeal of the Ecological Movement against the Google project was rejected at the beginning of April by the administrative court of second instance. The ASBL had in particular done everything it could to have the “Memorandum of Understanding” published. “Today, all legal remedies have been exhausted after three years of legal proceedings. The ball is now in Google’s court. I can’t tell you when the next steps will come,” said Franz Fayot. The latter assured that the government was behind the project and that the installation of a data center in Luxembourg corresponded to “the strategy of a strong digital economy”.

Will the giant Google reorganize its strategy?

The socialist minister also hinted that he would not be surprised if the American giant rethinks its installation strategy and that it no longer resembles the initial project. “Three years is a long time! Especially in the world of data.” According to Franz Fayot, Google could thus again reflect on its strategy and how to establish itself in Luxembourg with its recent investments in Wallonia.

The Minister of the Economy said he was confident that the project would succeed and assured “to work in this direction”. He added that nothing in the exchanges between his team and Google suggested that the installation would not materialize. “If ever the project is not carried out, the State will have a right of first refusal to acquire the land planned for the installation of the future data center at the initial purchase price.”

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