Recognition of a non-profit association's status as a public interest organisation

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Non-profit associations which fulfil certain conditions may apply to have their status as a public interest organisation formally recognised.

The application for recognition of public interest status must be submitted to the Minister of Justice. Recognition, if granted, is confirmed by way of a Grand-Ducal decree.

Who is concerned?

All non-profit associations operating in the public interest in general may apply.


An association may apply for recognition of public interest status if it engages in philanthropic, social, religious, scientific, cultural, artistic, educational, sporting or tourist activities in the general interest.

How to proceed

Filing an application

The application for recognition of public interest status:

The procedure on can be accessed with authentication using a LuxTrust product or an electronic identity card (eID).

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There are 2 possible scenarios:

  1. The person submitting the application is a new user of They must:
    • first register on; and
    • then create a business eSpace.
  2. The person submitting the application already has a private eSpace on They can directly create a business eSpace without having to register again.

Further information as well as tutorials in relation with the business eSpace are available in our dedicated help page.

In taking their decision, the Minister of Justice will be guided by the opinion of the Minister of Finance.

If the association fulfils the conditions, its public interest status will be recognised by way of a Grand-Ducal decree.

Supporting documents

The application for recognition of public interest status must include the following documents:

  • an official letter requesting that the non-profit association's public interest status be recognised;
  • a consolidated version of the articles of association;
  • the current composition of the non-profit association's board of directors;
  • a recent list of the non-profit association's members;
  • copies of the non-profit association's annual financial statements for each year since its establishment;
  • a report with a detailed description of:
    • all projects that have been undertaken by the association in the past 3 financial years in pursuit of its goals as defined in the articles of association.

The association must also submit proof that:

  • its articles of association;
  • the composition of its board of directors; and
  • its annual financial statements;

have been duly filed with the Trade and Companies Register (Registre de commerce et des sociétés - RCS).

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Who to contact

Ministry of Justice

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Ministry of Finance

Luxembourg Business Registers

  • Luxembourg Business Registers
  • Luxembourg Business Registers - Luxembourg Office
    14, rue Erasme L-1468 Luxembourg-Kirchberg Luxembourg
    L-2961 Luxembourg
    Fax: (+352) 26 42 85 55
    Email address:
    Monday to Friday from 09.00 - 12.00 and 13.30 - 16.00
    Registration helpdesk: Monday to Friday by appointment only
  • Luxembourg Business Registers - Diekirch Office
    Place Joseph Bech L-9211 Diekirch Luxembourg
    Fax: (+352) 26 42 85 55
    Email address:
    Mondays, by appointment only

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Legal references

Loi modifiée du 21 avril 1928

sur les associations sans but lucratif et les établissements d'utilité publique

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