The energy aid dossier in Esch-sur-Alzette is progressing

Christian Weis, councilor of the municipality of Eschoise in charge of social affairs, is now offering three solutions to help the households most affected by rising energy prices.

Rising energy prices

Thomas Berthold

Christian Weis, councilor of the municipality of Eschoise in charge of social affairs, is now offering three solutions to help the households most affected by rising energy prices.

Options are now on the table in Esch-sur-Alzette to help the households hardest hit by rising energy prices. Back in March, the community said it was considering ways to help these households. Christian Weis (CSV), municipal councilor of the municipality of Eschoise, responsible for social affairs, indicated that support measures will be proposed to the municipal council after the Easter holidays.


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A study by the Idea Foundation examines the impact of government relief efforts.


After the time for reflection came the time for proposals. The CSV City Council teams on Tuesday and Wednesday sent several options to the Social and Housing Commission and the Finance Commission of the second largest city in the Grand Duchy.

Three options on the table

“The first hypothesis (payable in 2022) would be the granting of an energy bonus for all households that receive a cost-of-living allowance (AVC),” explains Christian Weis. The latter says that in 2022, out of 14,000 households registered by his municipality, 2,756 will be eligible for the government living allowance. This first option would have a budgetary impact of between 80,000 and 200,000 euros.

The second hypothesis formulated aims to allocate to the beneficiaries of the AVC 2022 and the energy bonus (payable in 2023) an energy bonus equal to the current compensatory allowance of the city of Esch-sur-Alzette. This second option would have a financial impact on the municipality of Eschoise of between €900,000 and €1,600,000 depending on the estimated number of households benefiting.


Christian Weis, municipal councilor of the municipality of Eschoise, in charge of social affairs.

Christian Weis, municipal councilor of the municipality of Eschoise, in charge of social affairs.

Photo: Anouk Anthony

“The third solution would be to increase the allowance rate,” emphasizes Christian Weis. Since 2014, the country’s second largest city has had a municipal allowance linked to the allowance from the National Solidarity Fund. This rate could increase by 1 to 5%. With an increase of 5%, a one-person household receives 80 euros more. If the rate is increased, it will not be adjusted downwards, the CSV alderman assures. Such a measure could cost the municipality of Eschoise almost 200,000 euros.

“The fourth possibility would be not to act, but that is not a chosen option,” emphasizes Christian Weis. The latter warns that the three options formulated will take time and that nothing can be done before the end of the year. If the financial and social commissions of Esch-sur-Alzette have signaled that they will comment on these relief measures around May 15, there are still some steps to be taken.

After the Commission’s opinion, the municipal council decides and then the Ministry of the Interior to give the green light. “We have to write a new tax ordinance, change the budget and vote an additional loan to the local council. This can take four to six months. This help is therefore more likely to come at the end of the year for next winter,” explains Christian Weis. He does not consider it necessary for social assistance to “react to crises”: “The demand is still there in the social welfare office and the precariousness exists in all municipalities”. For this reason, he considers it necessary for aid to be provided at national level, such as the payment of tax credits from August, which was decided as part of the tripartite.

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