On 19 September 2023, the law dated 7 August 2023 overhauling the centenary law of associations and foundations (“Law”) was published in the Luxembourg official gazette. The Law repeals the law of 21 April 1928 on non-profit associations and foundations. The Law aims to lighten and modernize the legal framework for non-profit associations and foundations and provide more accounting transparency to guarantee better control and thus create a new legal framework that meets the current associative and charitable sector’s needs.
On 17 August 2023, the law transposing the EU Directive 2019/1158 of 20 June 2019 on work-life balance for parents and carers was published in the Luxembourg official gazette.
On 18 August 2023, the law amending the legal provisions on paternity and adoption leave was published in the Luxembourg official gazette.
On 20 July 2023, the Luxembourg Parliament adopted a law reforming the right of establishment in Luxembourg (“Reform”). It amends the Luxembourg law dated 2 September 2011 regulating access to the professions of craftsperson, trader, manufacturer and certain liberal professions as amended (“Business License Law”).
The Reform aims to adapt the Business License Law to embrace the changes in the regulatory, economic, technical, technological, entrepreneurial and artisanal environments and to stimulate entrepreneurship.
On 30 June 2023, the law amending the Luxembourg Labor Code to introduce a mechanism relating to the right for employees to disconnect outside working hours was published in the Luxembourg official journal. It enters into force on 4 July 2023.
On 13 June 2023, the Luxembourg Parliament adopted Draft bill No. 7885 establishing a national screening mechanism for foreign direct investments likely to affect security or public order for the purposes of implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/452 of European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019, establishing a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments in the EU, as amended (“Law“).
On 9 March 2023, the Luxembourg Parliament adopted a law introducing a new legal framework into the Labor code to fight against moral harassment during employment. On 5 April 2023, the New Law was published in the Luxembourg official gazette and entered into force on 9 April 2023.
On 28 March 2023, the government presented Bill of Law 8186 (“Bill”), which provides a set of amendments to the General Tax Law (Abgabenordnung, AO) dated 22 May 1931 and introduces new procedural aspects applicable to taxpayers. The Bill also introduces new bilateral and multilateral advance pricing agreement procedures, together with the possibility to issue, withdraw or amend a tax assessment further to a mutual agreement procedure or an arbitration decision. Lastly, the Bill proposes a transfer pricing documentation requirement for transactions between associated enterprises, while further details regarding the scope, exact content and magnitude will be unveiled soon in a coming grand ducal decree.
On 24 March 2023, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier issued a press release requesting certain alternative investment fund managers, management companies of undertakings for collective investments in transferable securities and institutions for occupational retirement provision to participate in the data collection exercise relating to pre-contractual product disclosure information under Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 on sustainability-related disclosures in the financial services sector as amended and Regulation (EU) 2020/852 on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment as amended.
On 22 March 2023, the European Commission tabled a proposal for a Directive on substantiation and communication of explicit environmental claims.
The proposal aims to harmonize the evaluation and monitoring of voluntary environmental claims – often referred to as “green claims” – towards EU consumers and control the proliferation of public and private environmental labels. Complementing the March 2022 proposal for a Directive on empowering consumers for the green transition as a lex specialis by providing more specific requirements on the substantiation, communication and verification of green claims, it contributes to the fight against “greenwashing”.
On 30 November 2022, a new law amending the Code of Consumption for the purpose of transposing Directive (EU) 2019/2161 was published in the Luxembourg Official Gazette. The New Law entered into force on 4 December 2022.
The Omnibus Directive amends several existing EU consumer protection legislation, including the Unfair Contract Terms Directive, Price Indications Directive, Unfair Commercial Practices Directive and Consumer Rights Directive and widens the customer rights framework to also cover digital goods, content, and services.