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Small victory for children of cross-border workers
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Small victory for children of cross-border workers

16.10.2013 From our online archive
A three-year legal battle by cross-border workers has reached an end after Luxembourg's Administrative Court made a ruling on Wednesday giving the children of applicants access to grants.

A three-year legal battle by cross-border workers has reached an end after Luxembourg's Administrative Court made a ruling on Wednesday giving the children of applicants access to grants.

Parents initially made an appeal following the change in law, denying grants to the children of cross-border workers.

Wednesday's ruling means that the children of those parents who made the appeal and who have worked in Luxembourg for five or more years will receive compensation.

"In its judgment, the Luxembourg Administrative Court puts an end to unequal treatment established by the law from 2010," workers union LCGB said in a statement.

Union OGBL called for the government to also provide grants retroactively to all families who fulfilled the conditions but did not file an appeal to the administrative court.

A separate hearing has been scheduled on November 18 for cross-border workers with children who have worked in Luxembourg for less than five years.

In July, the Luxembourg parliament approved a new law, according to which children of cross-border workers who have worked in the Grand Duchy for over five years are eligible for student financial aid.

The new regulation was in place for applications for the 2013/14 academic year. However, it is intended as a preliminary solution, and the law is set to undergo a review under the next government.