Aid for a first-time participation in a trade fair

The aid scheme for SMEs also provides aid to businesses that are taking part in a trade fair or exhibition in Luxembourg for the first time, allowing them to cover the additional costs of renting, setting up and managing their stand.

Who is concerned

Eligible businesses

This aid is intended for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) holding a business permit granted by the General Directorate for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (Direction générale des Classes moyennes) and which are not active in any excluded activity in accordance with the general terms and conditions applying to aid for SMEs.

The aid is granted within the framework of a first participation in a trade fair.

Eligible costs

The costs must relate to the rental, set up and management of an exhibition stand.

Prerequisites

In order to receive aid for a first-time participation in a national trade fair, businesses must observe and fulfil the general terms and conditions applicable to all aid for SMEs.

How to proceed

Filing the application

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

The completed application and accompanying documents must be dated and signed by a person authorised to sign on behalf of the company and must be submitted before work starts on the project to the Minister of the Economy by post or email. In the event of a submission by post, the following must be indicated on the envelope:

Ministère de l'Economie
Demande d'aides d'Etat
L-2937 LUXEMBOURG

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);
  • a description of the project, including its start and end dates;
  • the location of the project;
  • a list of costs of the project;
  • the form and the amount of financial aid required for the project;
  • any other relevant information which would help the ministers in charge to understand the qualities or specificities of the project or programme and its incentive effect (invoices, proofs of payment, bank statements).

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 evaded 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.

Maximum amount of financial aid 

The aid for a first-time participation in a national trade fair cannot exceed 25 %.

For each project, the amount of aid will not be less than EUR 1,000.

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.

Capital subsidies and recoverable advances are paid out after completion of the project. However, one or more advance payments may be made along with the progress of the project.

The business and the Minister of the Economy agree together, at the time the aid is granted, on the repayment terms of the recoverable advance payment if the project is successful.

The payment of financial aid must be requested, on pain of ineligibility, within a period of 5 years from the date of payment of the expense for which aid is requested. The beneficiary of the aid can apply for an extension of this deadline on written request to the Minister of the Economy.

 

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