Economy & Politics

Events not really celebrating

Stopped for two months, and not perceiving a recovery before long months, the events sector has decided to federate. LEA thus intends to defend the interests of a sector which weighs almost half a billion euros in the Luxembourg economy.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

Stopped for two months, and not perceiving a recovery before long months, the events sector has decided to federate. LEA thus intends to defend the interests of a sector which weighs almost half a billion euros in the Luxembourg economy.

No wedding, no lounge, no congress, no birthday, no large meetings, no concert, no reception on the occasion of such a release of new products, no major sporting event, no event cultural … Do not look: everything that filled the schedules of the hundred Luxembourg companies of the events sector has disappeared. So many appointments and therefore missing orders. What plunge into a major crisis a sector which employs nearly 2,000 permanent workers and as much in occasional.

And it is good, initially, to make itself heard by political decision-makers that the profession has decided to come together in a federation. Thus was born LEA, the Luxembourg Event Association. “We were numerous in this sector of activity but not united,” notes its first president Charles Schroeder. Now we have to defend our interests. ” Interests that will allow caterers, lighting designers, furniture installers, receptionists, caterers, administrative staff, servers, decorators or other wedding planners not to come and inflate ADEM’s figures very soon.

The office of LEA (Luxembourg Event Association) is composed of Laure Elsen (Accentaigu), Marc Molitor (Apex), Ghislain Ludwig (FairFair), Patrick Risch (Codex), Rick Hotschnig (De Schnékert Traiteur), Tom Steffen (Steffen Traiteur) , Patrick Wittwer (Format), Paul Thyes (Lemon), Netty Thines (Mediation) and President Charles Schroeder (Partyrent).

The office of LEA (Luxembourg Event Association) is composed of Laure Elsen (Accentaigu), Marc Molitor (Apex), Ghislain Ludwig (FairFair), Patrick Risch (Codex), Rick Hotschnig (De Schnékert Traiteur), Tom Steffen (Steffen Traiteur) , Patrick Wittwer (Format), Paul Thyes (Lemon), Netty Thines (Mediation) and President Charles Schroeder (Partyrent).

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As a sign that the initiative was taken seriously, the Minister for the Middle Classes has already received LEA to discuss the consequences of the crisis. And proof that the message went well, a few days later when the plan to restart the economy was unveiled, the Minister of Economy spoke for the first time of assistance for events. Like HORESCA or tourism, it was rather reassuring. ”

And professionals in the sector to be satisfied with the extension until the end of 2020 of the partial unemployment scheme. “For our activity, the recovery will be slow, very slow, forecast Charles Schroeder. There will be nothing to eat before September, if not later. ” The time that lovers want to celebrate their union, that companies put down on parties to greet their employees or their customers, that institutions resume their pace of conferences, press conference, that LuxExpo finds its salons, etc. It was therefore important to maintain an income for employees deprived of work.

Not always complain

Just as the representatives of LEA are satisfied with the bonus of € 1,250 granted to employers through the Recovery and Solidarity Fund. Boost to which companies working in the event industry will be entitled, for six months, and for each employed employee or € 250 per partially unemployed employee of a company that has resumed its activity but has suffered a loss of at least 25 % of its turnover.

But, optimistic by nature, Charles Schroeder wants to think about tomorrow. And in the future of its federation which, under the guise of the Luxembourg Trade Confederation, “will not have the vocation to always complain”. The idea being that the association organizes training for its members, participates in the promotion of its actors with the Luxembourg market and always sticks together.


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