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Lex Delles wants to revise the right of establishment

During a meeting at the Chamber of Trades, the Minister for Middle Classes announced that the opening of certain craft businesses would no longer be subject to the need for a master’s certificate. Just as the government intends to offer a “second chance” to entrepreneurs who have suffered bankruptcy.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

Patrick JACQUEMOT

During a meeting at the Chamber of Trades, the Minister for Middle Classes announced that the opening of certain craft businesses would no longer be subject to the need for a master’s certificate. Just as the government intends to offer a “second chance” to entrepreneurs who have suffered bankruptcy.

Currently, 121 craft activities require at least a master’s degree for anyone who wants to exercise one of these craft trades. A guarantee on the training of professionals, of course, but also a brake on the spirit of initiative. And it is on this point that Lex Delles (DP) now intends to act: “We must remove certain constraints that slow down entrepreneurship in Luxembourg”, thus released the Minister for Middle Classes at the end of a meeting at the Chamber of Trades. The liberal minister thus announcing that the government intended to reform the ancestral right of establishment.


Office staff respecting social distancing during a meeting. Group of business men and women having a meeting in office during corona virus pandemic.

Already shy in the field, Luxembourg has experienced an even deeper crisis in vocations to create or take over a company in recent months. At issue: the uncertainties linked to the covid crisis.


Florist, butcher, scaffolder, glazier: what activity will be affected by this change? Too early to say it in detail, but the Minister was clear on the expected grooming of the right of establishment: “We must adapt our rules to the new realities of certain professional skills”.

Example, while for decades a master’s patent was asked of photographers who wanted to open their business, is it still as useful today. “Before, he treated dandruff with chemicals and the diploma recognized this expertise. Today, digital technology has changed the situation ”.

So, in a country where entrepreneurial courage is still very timid, we might as well try to make things easier. To see if it will have to be so for bakers, pedicures or vehicle rental companies … But Lex Delles knows that there are professions that can today do without this obligatory passage that is obtaining a master’s degree.

On Monday, to the craftsmen who invited him to express their desire for an end to the crisis, the Minister for the Middle Classes made another announcement. “Yes to the second chance” for the bosses who had to undergo bankruptcy. If until then it was difficult to bounce back from this type of mishap, the government intends to facilitate the resumption of activity for the most motivated. “In any case in the event that this bankruptcy is due to the “ bad luck ” (health problem, client who suddenly fails, etc.) or due to” a lack of management know-how. ” Access to this “second chance” is not open to individuals recognized for fraudulent bankruptcy, of course.


Dan Kersch, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Labor, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy

The Ministry of Labor will grant a voucher of 500 euros to all employees who have suffered a period of partial unemployment in the first quarter of 2021. A voucher redeemable for online training.


“Again, this aims to reassure entrepreneurship,” encourages Lex Delles. This requires less time between setting up a new activity and cleaning up debts from the previous bankruptcy, or providing compulsory training in business accounting.

Here again, it will also be necessary to define the exact contours of the reform. But after months of unexpected crisis, and a number of bankruptcies or judicial liquidations which will crescendo over the months, there is no doubt that the windfall will be seized by a number of bosses or independents that the covid has suddenly come to stop.


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