Aid schemes granted to remedy the damages caused by natural disasters

Last update 18.10.2018

Aid measures to remedy the damages caused by earthquakes, landslides, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and wild fires of natural origin can, in certain conditions, be granted to any small or medium-sized enterprise.

Who is concerned

Eligible businesses

All small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which are legally established in Luxembourg can benefit from the aid. A definition of eligible SMEs can be found in the terms and conditions applicable to all aid measures for SMEs.

Eligible costs 

All costs resulting from the losses suffered as a direct consequence of the natural disaster are admissible costs. The loss must be assessed by an independent approved expert or an insurance claims assessor.

 The loss can include material damages caused to assets such as buildings, equipment, machinery or stocks as well as the loss of income due to the damages suffered.

Prerequisites

in order to benefit from aid to remedy the damages caused by earthquakes, landslides, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and wild fires of natural origin, it is necessary that:

  • the Government in council has officially recognised the event as a natural disaster; and
  • the is a direct causal link between the natural disaster and the damages suffered by the business concerned.

Deadlines

The payment of aid has to be applied for, on pain of ineligibility within a 5-year deadline from the date the event occurred.

How to proceed

Submitting an application

The Ministry of the Economy makes available a sample application template for aid for the project in question.

The completed application file, dated and signed, together with its annexes, must be sent to the Ministry of the Economy by post or email (see the section Who to contact below).

Supporting documents

Applications for aid must include the following information and documents:

  • the name and size of the business (any document deemed necessary may be requested for the determination of the size of the business);
  • the report drafted by the independent approved expert or insurance claims assessor.

The business must grant the Minister of the Economy and the Minister of Finance the authority to verify with the Luxembourg Inland Revenue, the Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority and the Joint Social Security Centre that the business has not avoided its tax and social obligations. If not, the business must attach the certificates issued by these administrations providing proof that all tax and social charges have been duly paid.

Validity period

The financial aid aimed to remedy the damages suffered by certain natural disasters will be granted within 4 years from the occurrence of the event.

Amount of aid

There is no limit to the amount of aid that can be granted. However, it is not possible to have an antiquated piece of equipment replaced by a new one.

The material loss is calculated on the basis of the repair costs of the equipment concerned or itseconomic value before the occurrence of the event. The expert report must detail the damages to movable and immovable assets as well as their value.

The loss does not exceed the repair costs or the decrease of the market value caused by the disaster (the difference between the value of the equipment immediately prior to the occurrence of the event and its value immediately after the event).

The ministers may not grant aid in excess of EUR 100,000 prior to having requested the opinion of a consultative commission The consultative commission can collect any information on the project, the investment or the beneficiary which is deemed useful, it can hear the applicant and demand the presentation of a business plan or equivalent documents, if applicable. It can also seek advice from experts.

Payment of aid

The aid can take the following forms:

  • a subsidy;
  • a recoverable advance payment;
  • interest relief. The aid may be paid out by an intermediary, such as a credit institution or a financial establishment under public law.

One or more advance payments can be paid out.

Should the business have outstanding debts concerning social security and tax contributions, the granting of the aid may be subject to the full payment of the debts or to a repayment plan set up by the administrations concerned. The business concerned can opt for a repayment in full or in part of the debts by transferring the aid received to the administrations concerned.

Depending on the general terms and conditions which apply to all types of aid for SMEs, the investment aid:

  • may potentially be combined with other types of financial aid;
  • may potentially have to be reimbursed and sanctions may be applied.

Forms / Online services

Aid to repair the damage caused by natural disasters

To complete your application, the information about you collected from this form needs to be processed by the public administration concerned.

That information is kept by the administration in question for as long as it is required to achieve the purpose of the processing operation(s).

Your data will be shared with other public administrations that are necessary for the processing of your application. For details on which departments will have access to the data on this form, please contact the public administration you are filing your application with.

Under the terms of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, you have the right to access, rectify or, where applicable, remove any information relating to you. You are also entitled to withdraw your consent at any time.

Additionally, unless the processing of your personal data is compulsory, you may, with legitimate reasons, oppose the processing of such data.

If you wish to exercise these rights and/or obtain a record of the information held about you, please contact the administration in question using the contact details provided on the form. You are also entitled to file a claim with the National Commission for Data Protection (Commission nationale pour la protection des données), headquartered at 1, Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

By submitting your application, you agree that your personal data may be processed as part of the application process.

Aides destinées à remédier aux dommages causés par certaines calamités naturelles

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 1 Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

Beihilfe zum Ausgleich von Schäden infolge bestimmter Naturkatastrophen

Ihre in diesem Formular erfassten personenbezogenen Informationen werden von der zuständigen Verwaltungsbehörde verarbeitet, um Ihren Antrag erfolgreich abzuschließen.

Diese Informationen werden von der Behörde für den zur Verarbeitung erforderlichen Zeitraum gespeichert.

Die Empfänger Ihrer Daten sind die im Rahmen Ihres Antrags zuständigen Verwaltungsbehörden. Um die Empfänger der in diesem Formular erfassten Daten zu erfahren, wenden Sie sich bitte an die für Ihren Antrag zuständige Behörde.

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