In a significant move, Luxembourg's Minister of Finance, Yuriko Backes, announced sweeping changes to the country's meal voucher system during a press conference on Friday afternoon.

The changes come in response to inflation and increasing demand from the HORECA (Hotel, Restaurant, and Café) sector.

The value of meal vouchers will be raised from €10.80 to €15, a substantial increase aimed at offsetting the effects of inflation and providing greater support to workers.

Importantly, the self-participation amount that employees contribute will remain unchanged at €2.80, ensuring that the benefits of the increase are passed directly to the employees.

In a move towards modernisation, the traditional paper cheques will become a thing of the past. The entire meal voucher system will undergo digitalisation, enabling users to transfer funds onto a card or mobile phones.

This digital transformation also aims to prevent the misappropriation of funds meant for food, as emphasised by HORECA Secretary General François Koepp.

These changes, set to take effect from 1 January 2024, represent a significant modernisation of Luxembourg's meal voucher system.