Luxembourg's General Directorate for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises has confirmed that more than 1,000 cases have been processed and paid under the most recent financial aid scheme for the self-employed.

In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, on 29 January 2021, the General Directorate introcuded a third non-repayable financial aid for the self-employed. As of today, Friday 5 February 2021, 2,050 requests have been received. In just eight days, more than 1,000 cases have already been paid, which is equivalent to a payment of around €3 million.

The amount of this financial aid varies according to the contributory income bracket in which the self-employed person is located, with the amounts set at €3,000, €3,500 and €4,000. The granting of this compensation is subject to several conditions: the applicant must have the status of an independent worker (as their main job), be affiliated as such to social security since at least 31 December 2020, find themselves in temporary financial difficulties that have a direct causal link with the COVID-19 pandemic and their professional income must be at least equal to or greater than one-third of the social minimum wage whilst not exceeding the amount of two-and-a-half times the social minimum wage.

Detailed information is available on the website.

Luxembourg's Minister for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Lex Delles, explained that “the General Directorate for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises treats each application quickly and carefully in order to guarantee effective support for the self-employed. I therefore invite all eligible self-employed to apply for assistance. This third non-repayable allowance is part of a multitude of support measures. The General Directorate for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises has paid more than €280 million to companies and the self-employed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic".