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Tribunal on student loans

14.03.2012 From our online archive
An administrative tribunal in Luxembourg will hear the case made against the residential clause introduced to child benefits on December 12.

(CS) An administrative tribunal in Luxembourg will hear the case made against the residential clause introduced to child benefits on December 12.

Members of the economic interest group “Frontaliers Européens au Luxembourg” (FEL) used a round-table meeting in Strasbourg on cross-border commuters to voice their concern over the measure.

Several other organisations, such as the Belgian asbl “Solidarité Frontaliers Européens” and the “Association des Frontaliers au Luxembourg” (Afal) also object heavily to the matter.

The move by the government to substitute child benefit payments for those over 18 with a student loan system only available to those resident in Luxembourg, also known as the law 6148, has been met with heavy opposition, as it makes Luxembourg benefits for students in higher education unavailable to cross-border workers.

Notably, the European court of justice condemned Germany for making its benefits for the blind, deaf and handicapped subject to a residential clause at a hearing on May 5. The Dutch state is also facing a summons from the European court of justice regarding its three-years residence prerequisite for student support.

The first wave of cases where applications for student support were rejected based on the place of residence will be treated on December 12 in front of an administrative tribunal.