Lex Delles says the government recognises the “essential role” independents play in the economy. But the new emergency aid is limited to €2,500 and only if certain criteria are met
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Help subject to certain conditions. Application forms will be made available next week.
The government on Wednesday approved a proposal from the minister of small and medium-size enterprises, Lex Delles (DP), to introduce certified emergency allowance of €2,500 for independents and the self-employed.
A communiqué from the ministry explained that the emergency grant will be paid to enterprises that can prove they have “encountered temporary financial difficulties due to the consequences of Covid-19”. They must also employ fewer than 10 staff and basic income--used to calculate social contributions--must not exceed 2.5 times the minimum social wage.
In a statement, Delles said that the government recognises the “essential role” independents play and that it wants to support all actors in the economy. “This benefit will help the self-employed overcome this period of crisis,” Delles said.
Detailed information about the new allowance will be available as of Thursday 9 April on Guichet.lu. Application will be made available on Guichet.lu early next week and can be submitted via the portal’s professional homepage by using a Luxtrust product--token, smartcard or signing stick--or an electronic identity card.