Financial aid for food safety measures for craft and commercial SMEs

This page was last modified on 10-11-2017

This financial aid scheme aims to encourage craft and commercial businesses in the food sector to invest in equipment or methods allowing them to ensure or increase the traceability and quality of food products.

Aid is granted in the form of a capital subsidy or interest subsidy.

Applications for financial aid are to be submitted to the General Directorate for SMEs and Entrepreneurship at the Ministry of the Economy.

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Who is concerned

Eligible businesses

This aid is intended for craft and commercial businesses in the food sector with a business permit granted by the General Directorate for SMEs and Entrepreneurship.

However, the activities listed in the Grand-ducal regulation of 9 May 2010 are not eligible to benefit from this financial aid scheme.

Eligible investments

The following investments are eligible:

  • the acquisition of equipment used in the production, processing, packaging, storage, handling, tracing, sale or provision to consumers of foodstuffs intended for human consumption and animal feed, where said equipment improves the hygiene, safety and quality conditions of foodstuffs within the business;
  • the costs incurred by calling on external consultancy services with the aim to make improvements in the areas of hygiene, safety and quality of foodstuffs.

Prerequisites

To benefit from food safety financial aid, the business must:

Duration and deadlines

Aid must be requested, on pain of ineligibility, within a period of 2 years from the payment of the expenses for which aid is requested.

How to proceed

Submitting the application

Applicants must submit a duly completed application for financial aid for SMEs (demande d'aide en faveur des classes moyennes), by post to the General Directorate for SMEs and Entrepreneurship.

Aid is paid out after completion of the investment programme and on presentation ofinvoices and proof of payments (e.g. bank statements).

Degree of aid

Aid is provided in the form of a capital grant or interest relief and may amount to a maximum of:

  • for the acquisition of equipment: maximum 40 % of eligible expenses;
  • for external consultancy services: 75 % of the expenses incurred, subject to a maximum of EUR 100,000.

In principle grants are paid in a lump sum, after completion of the investment programme. However, payments in one or more tranches may be granted in specific cases as the project progresses, in particular where the beneficiary resorts to financing by leasing.

Interest rate subsidies and interest relief amount to the difference between the market interest rates in force at the time the aid is granted, applicable to the category of operation concerned, and the reduced interest rate effectively paid by the beneficiary.

The interest rate may not be reduced by more than 4 points nor may it be reduced to below 1 %.

Accumulation rules

Food safety financial aid may not be obtained in addition to aid granted by the Ministry of the Economy.

Repayment

Beneficiaries must reimburse all or part of the aid received if they transfer or dispose of the investment financed with said aid within 10 years following the investment.

Who to contact

Ministry of the Economy

B.P. 535 - L-2914 - Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 247-84712
Fax: (+352) 247-74701
Email info.aide.pme@eco.etat.lu