Under this new regime, which was announced on 25 March 2020 as part of the economic stabilisation programme and introduced by the law of 18 April 2020, the state will guarantee bank loans granted to businesses up to 2.5 billion euros. Businesses will now be able to apply to their bank for a loan of up to 25 % of their turnover, with a state guarantee of up to 85 %. The loans will be guaranteed at 15 % by the participating banks. The loans are intended as a subsidiary tool after having resorted, where possible, to the tools of the Société nationale de crédit et d'investissement (SNCI), the Office du Ducroire or the European Investment Bank in particular.
These new credits are reserved for businesses that were viable before 18 March 2020 (state of emergency). The assessment of whether a business was viable or not is the sole responsibility of the banks.
Please note: this only applies to loans taken out between 18 March and 31 December 2020.
How to apply for a loan with a state guarantee
1. Finding a partner for the funding
Contact one of the participating banks (BCEE, BIL, Banque de Luxembourg, Banque Raiffeisen, BGL BNP Paribas, ING, Bank of China, BCP) to apply for a loan. Your bank can analyse whether you are eligible and, where applicable, assist you in the process.
The maximum amount of eligible loans can be up to 25 % of your business turnover for the year 2019 (or failing that, the last year available). For young innovative enterprises, the maximum amount of the loan is twice the company's total annual wage cost.
Guarantee premium for small and medium-sized enterprises
For small and medium-sized enterprises, the guarantee premium, borne by the borrower, shall be set at :
- 0.25 % for a maximum maturity of one year;
- 0.50 % for a maximum maturity of 3 years;
- 1 % for a maximum maturity of 6 years.
Guarantee premium for large companies
For large companies, the guarantee premium, borne by the borrower, is set at:
- 0.50 % for a maximum maturity of one year;
- 1 % for a maximum maturity of 3 years;
- 2 % for a maximum maturity of 6 years.
2. Obtaining the guarantee
Your bank will notify the State Treasury of the granting of the loan in order to benefit from the State guarantee.