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Factsheet for case LU-2020-27/1121 – measures in Luxembourg

Negotiations by the Tripartite coordination committee on the COVID-19 crisis

Négociation du Comité de coordination tripartite au sujet de la crise Covid-19

Country Luxembourg , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 03 July 2020
Type Tripartite agreements
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies, incl. subsidised job creation
Author Patrick Thill (LISER) and Eurofound
Case created 14 September 2020 (updated 16 October 2020)

Background information

In order to address the COVID-19 crisis and cushion effects on employment, the government has decided to launch tripartite negotiations with the employers' associations and the representative trade unions. The first meeting in July focused on a study of crisis' effects on employment and how to maintain employees in employment.

Content of measure

The representative trade unions OGBL, LCGB and CGFP, the employers' association UEL and the government agreed upon 10 measures that will be gradually implemented or further pursued in Luxembourg.

The following measures were identified as vital during the tripartite negotiations:

  • Support for the re-employment of older unemployed people
  • The mobilisation of training apprenticeships ('stage de professionalisation')
  • Contract to return to job (contrat CRE)
  • Apprenticeships
  • Mobilisation of grants to start a business
  • Government recruitments
  • Compensated temporary occupation (OTI)
  • Creation of a task-force to discuss skills and competences developments
  • Enhancing ADEM's monitoring committee to strengthen the placement procedure and address skills mismatches
  • Creation of an investment "task force"

Use of measure

Not applicable.


  • Employment retention
  • Other topics
  • Training and employability

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Applies to all businesses Older citizens
Youth (18-25)

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Trade unions
Employers' organisations
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


In addition to a series of working groups prior to the main tripartite negotiations, the social partners were fully involved and agreed upon the measures.

Views and reactions

Social partners agreed upon the proposed measures during the negotiations.



    Eurofound (2020), Negotiations by the Tripartite coordination committee on the COVID-19 crisis, case LU-2020-27/1121 (measures in Luxembourg), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

    Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.