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Fedil pins the Minister of the Environment

The Luxembourg Federation of Industrialists recalled the importance of “an ambitious policy supported by the whole government”. In particular, it fears “instrumentalised” and “too selective” environmental legislation.

Eddy RENAULD

Eddy RENAULD

The Luxembourg Federation of Industrialists recalled the importance of “an ambitious policy supported by the whole government”. In particular, it fears “instrumentalised” and “too selective” environmental legislation.

“The way out of the crisis requires an ambitious industrial policy.” This is the message that the Fedil wanted to convey this Friday following its start-to-school meeting. While the many measures taken by the political world in the context of the fight against the covid-19 pandemic have been welcomed by the economic and industrial sector, the Fedil does not, on the other hand, view the recent statements very favorably. policies on the investments projected in the Fage or even Google files.

While ArcelorMittal has just announced its intention to cut more than 570 jobs in the Grand Duchy, René Winkin reiterates his fear of seeing many jobs lost and a decrease in production over the coming months. “Its losses will have to be compensated if we want to preserve the industrial fabric and revitalize local productions.”


Minister Carole Dieschbourg - Foto: Pierre Matgé / Luxemburger Wort

After municipalities and individuals took part in the commodo / incommodo investigation into the possible establishment of the Greek yoghurt factory in Bettembourg, the Minister of the Environment takes control again.


The director of the Fedil particularly points out the attitude of the Minister of the Environment Carole Dieschbourg (Déi Gréng) who qualified as “problematic” the possible arrival of Fage on the Wolser Zone in Bettembourg. “The regulatory framework that the Minister wishes to put in place so that any new activity corresponding to a philosophy that I would qualify as reductive go too far and are based on unfounded prejudices,” he said.

For her part, Michèle Detaille is sounding the alarm. If the nature of an activity, the purchase of raw materials or the hiring of non-resident workers “become exclusion criteria, then hello damage”, recalls the president. For the Fedil, “environmental regulations must not be used” to implement a selective industrial policy.

Workers’ compensation challenged

In its back-to-school note, the Fedil also mentioned covid-19. While some companies have well-filled order books, most sectors are slow to regain their pre-crisis level of activity.

The voice of Luxembourg industry also insisted on the importance of ensuring the free movement of workers. “The restrictions imposed on Luxembourg by other European countries have caused disruptions and caused delays detrimental to businesses that depend on cross-border movements,” the statement said.


For four months, parents were allowed to take care of their child beyond the quota of days granted by the National Health Fund. For the start of the school year, there is no longer any question of applying this exemption. Except in the case of quarantine, that’s good.


Finally the Fedil hopes that the start of the school year “will not lead to a new wave of infections and quarantines which could slow down economic activity”. In particular, it highlights the compensation for quarantined workers, which is covered by employers up to 20%. “If this decision is upheld, compensation would cause significant additional costs to companies.”


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