Online journalism plays an enriching part for media pluralism. The temporary subsidy for the promotion of online journalism aims at supporting publishers who meet the criteria of quality, professionalism and publishing frequency.
The subsidy is not only available to new players in the field who do not yet benefit from state aid but also to existing players, provided the latter are developing their online offer by respecting certain criteria.
The press bodies have to submit their application to the Communications and Media Service (Service des médias et des communications).
Who is concerned
Each natural or legal person established in Luxembourg who is in the information business can apply for the temporary subsidy for the promotion of online journalism.
Eligible press bodies must have met for at least 6 months at the time of filing their application the following conditions:
- have an editorial team with at least 2 full-time journalists bound to the editor by an employment contract and fully recognised by the Press Council (Conseil de Presse) as professional journalists or trainee professional journalists (2 journalists employed half-time can be counted as one full-time journalist);
- offer general information on both national and international levels in the fields of politics, economy, social issues and culture;
- clearly differentiate themselves, by their content, from the subsidised written press and other online publications which also benefit from the subsidy;
- publish at least 2 original contributions per working day;
- be likely to reach the totality of the population with their method of information dissemination;
- put in place appropriate means of protection against illicit material on the pages with personal contributions from readers. These means must allow any individual to report all types of illicit content and the editor must be able to immediately delete such content or to prevent any access to said content;
- put in place an appropriate tool allowing for the identification of the web users surfing under a false identity in order to empower the persons harmed to exert their rights;
- put in place a tool guaranteeing the exercise of the right to reply;
- provide proof attesting expenses for online media which are equal to or higher than EUR 200,000 per financial year.
These criteria must be complied with throughout the lifetime of the publication.
The payment of the subsidy may stop immediately at any time if non-compliance with any of the conditions required is detected.
How to proceed
Filing an application
The applicant must submit an application for the temporary promotion scheme for online journalism to the Communications and Media Service, together with the following documents:
- documents attesting expenses for online media which are equal to or higher than EUR 200,000 per financial year;
- the company’s updated articles of association, on the day of the application;
- an extract from the Trade and Companies Register (Registre de Commerce et des Sociétés - RCS), if available;
- the journalists' employment contracts.
The Minister for Communications and Media decides, on the advice of the Consultative Commission ‘Presse en ligne’, what further action to take concerning the application.
Amount of support
The amount of aid is EUR 100,000.
Forms / Online services
Demande pour bénéficier du régime de promotion transitoire de la presse en ligne