Like every January 1st, the change of year brings its share of changes in the regulations in Luxembourg or elsewhere. So what should we remember for the 2020 vintage?
Triggering the purchasing power index
First and most notable and most importantly, the best news of the year, is the triggering of the purchasing power index . Last triggered in July 2018, this is activated again on January 1, 2020. Indeed the annual inflation rate of the national consumer price index (NCPI) reached 1.7% in December 2019. As a result, all wages, salaries and pensions are automatically increased by 2.5%!
Telecommuting and border workers
French border workers should also see their situation improve as they can now benefit from 29 days of teleworking per year since July 2019 . This will alleviate the recurrent problems linked to transport difficulties.
Shared medical care record
As of January 1, 2020, all care recipients in Luxembourg will have a shared care file (DSP).
Made available by the Agence e-santé, it allows you to benefit from better management and follow-up of your treatments with the various health care providers. All essential patient health information is now centralized in an electronic record, under the control of each patient. The beneficiary is the owner of his or her file and gives access to the health care staff. When it is created, the file is empty and is expanded as it is created.
Smoke detectors in homes
As of January 1, 2020, homes must be equipped with a smoke detector. 150,000 smoke detectors had thus been distributed free of charge in 2018 by the municipalities. Already implemented in neighboring countries, this measure reduces the risk of domestic fires and related accidents by at least 50%.
Implemented progressively, this law requires all new homes to be equipped with an autonomous detector installed on each floor, near the entrance door and in the bedrooms. Progressively, all homes will have to be equipped within the next 3 years.
Committed to a policy of sustainable development, the Grand Duchy wishes to reduce CO2 emissions by 1 million tons in 2020. As a result, several measures are already underway.
Free public transport
Announced when the current government was created, free public transportation for all will be implemented on March 1, 2020, excluding 1st class .
Increase in taxes on gasoline and diesel
Taxes on diesel are expected to increase by 3 to 5 cents and gasoline by 1 to 3 cents per liter.
Electric vehicle incentives
In the same vein, it should be noted that the incentives paid for the purchase of an electric vehicle with CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km are extended to 2020. The first vehicle must be put into circulation before December 31, 2020.