The measures agreed by the tripartite meetings will also seek to support small- and medium-sized businesses through the crisis.

Every company that participates in one of the three new "SME" aid packages may receive a voucher worth €5,000 to help realise projects of up to €25,000, in a bid to help businesses develop and remain competitive.

One package supports digitisation, to help companies set up new website, or switch to electronic invoicing. A second package is designed to assist customer service, or improve a store's atmosphere, for example.

The main priority, however, is sustainability, according to the Chamber of Commerce's director of entrepreneurship, Marc Wagener, who explained that companies could receive support on an individual scale.

De Marc Wagener

Wagener said the packages could be adjusted according to a company's needs, adding that they were expecting numerous requests for support in reducing energy consumption.

"In terms of waste management, there is new legislation, so companies are asking themselves many questions. The entrepreneurs will be accompanied by the Chamber of Commerce or the Chamber of Trades within the House of Entrepreneurship throughout the process."

Companies implementing a project must pay their suppliers, but will then be eligible for the €5,000 grant once the project has been evaluated.

Chamber of Commerce director Tom Wirion said there would be no complicated or cumbersome measures. Minister Lex Delles added that the support could go hand in hand with other aids for small and medium-sized businesses.

For further information regarding the “SME-Packages”, the respective teams can be contacted as follows:

• Trade, Horeca, services, liberal professions: or (+352) 42 39 39-850
• Craft/artisan companies: or (+352) 42 67 67-305 /-306 /-307