Luxembourg student loans dispute
(CS) Lawyers presented their case against the 2010 student loan and family support laws in court on Monday, representing around 500 cross-border commuters who had lodged an appeal.
The July 2010 Law 6148 saw benefit payments for children over 18 replaced with a student loan system only available to those living in Luxembourg, making higher education benefits unavailable to families living across the border.
For the academic year around 3,000 applications for state student support were submitted. Around 500 families had lodged an appeal after benefits were denied.
Four lawyers represented their interests at the administrative court, saying that the new laws violated EU regulations on social security and freedom of movement.
The verdict is expected for the beginning of 2012. While a similar case from the Netherlands is currently being treated in the European Court of Justice, the Luxembourg administrative court will not await the ruling to make its own verdict, according to LCGB secretary Vincent Jacquet.