Economy & Politics

Fayot makes amends in the Fage case

Put in the public place in a special report of the Court of Auditors, the practices of the Ministry of the Economy are set to change with “better harmonization” and “a deepening of analyzes”, assures Wednesday the Ministry of the Economy. And therefore turn the page on the Schneider era.

Jean-Michel HENNEBERT

Jean-Michel HENNEBERT

Put in the public place in a special report of the Court of Auditors, the practices of the Ministry of the Economy are set to change with “better harmonization” and “a deepening of analyzes”, assures Wednesday the Ministry of the Economy. And therefore turn the page on the Schneider era.

Literally pilloried by the Court of Auditors for its management of the Fage file, the Ministry of the Economy seeks to make amends. In a position paper sent on Wednesday, the services of Franz Fayot (LSAP) indicate not only “take note of the detailed work carried out” in the special report, but also ensure that they have “broadly followed certain recommendations contained therein in a forward -law Project”.


Ministry of Middle Classes, Economy, Luxembourg, February 27, 2017. Photo: Chris Karaba

The negotiations between the officials of the Boulevard Royal and the industrialists of the Greek group took place informally, since the associated documents are not kept, notes the Court of Auditors in its special report, published on Monday. A document that scratches certain practices.


And thus to respond to the strong criticisms emitted by the Court of Auditors on the way in which the ministry of the Boulevard Royal managed the installation of the Greek group specialized in the manufacture of yogurt. A file announced with great fanfare in July 2016 and completed by an outright departure in September 2020. Clearly, the current Minister of the Economy seeks to draw a line on the practices in force under Etienne Schneider (LSAP), tenant of the Ministry of Boulevard Royal between 2012 and 2020.

To do this, the text provides for “further formalizing the exchanges between the stakeholders” concerning a desire to set up, to put in place “a better harmonization of the content of the files”, “a deepening of the analyzes” and “More extensive archiving of decision-making processes”. A formal way of responding to one of the scathing conclusions of the Court of Auditors which pointed out that the files “do not contain a detailed industrial project (…) nor well-founded economic analyzes making it possible to assess the impact of an industry on the national economy. ”


Wirtschaft, FEDIL President Michèle Detaille Foto: Anouk Antony / Luxemburger Wort

Following the failure of the Fage project, Michèle Detaille learns the lessons and wishes to avoid further dysfunctions. The president of the Fedil calls for “an ambitious industrial policy supported by all the players”.


In his draft law, Franz Fayot therefore seeks to rectify the situation by setting up an admissions committee “which includes representatives of other ministries concerned” which will give its opinion “on all admission requests”. The decision will therefore be taken in consultation with representatives of the Ministry of Finance, the Environment, Regional Planning and the Middle Classes.

Questioned by our colleagues from Luxemburger Wort on the conclusions of the Court of Auditors, Diane Adhem (CSV), evokes “a scandal” while assuring that the government “was very lucky”. Because according to the president of the Budgetary Control Committee, no conditions had been set in the case of Fage’s departure and the need for the State to have to buy back the land acquired by the Greek group. “It is therefore only thanks to the good will of Fage that the plots are returned to the hands of the State at the sale price”. Or an area of ​​30 hectares acquired for 30 million euros, which would be “25% lower than the market value”, according to the opposition MP.


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