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Luxembourg: Three Referendum Questions Voted Down

(July 7, 2015) On June 7, 2015, voters in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg were called to vote by referendum on three questions related to the drafting of a new Constitution: (1) the optional right to vote for Luxembourgers from 16 years of age, (2) the optional right to vote for non-Luxembourg residents, provided that […]

Luxembourg: VAT Rules Amended

(Aug. 17, 2012) On August 7, 2012, Luxembourg issued a decree amending its VAT rules for independent groups of persons. The amended rule, published in the official gazette (Journal Officiel du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg) on August 14, was adopted in response to a reasoned opinion from the European Commission. The opinion, sent to Luxembourg on […]

Luxembourg: New Law on Criminal Liability of Legal Entities

(May 4, 2010) Luxembourg's Law of March 3, 2010, Introducing the Criminal Liability of Legal Entities into the Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Investigation, was published in the MÉMORIAL, Luxembourg's official gazette, on March 11, 2010 (Loi du 3 mars 2010 introduisant la responsabilité pénale des personnes morales dans le Code pénal et […]

Luxembourg: Tax Administration Guidelines on Islamic Finance

(Feb. 4, 2010) The tax administration of Luxembourg issued a circular on January 12, 2010, on taxation of Islamic finance instruments. (Circular L.G.A. No. 55, cited in René Offermanns, Luxembourg: Guidelines on Islamic Finance Published, IBFD TAX NEWS SERVICE, Feb. 1, 2010, available by subscription from The financial products discussed in the document are […]

Luxembourg: New Citizenship Law

(Dec. 4, 2008) The aim of the Law of October 23, 2008, on Luxembourgian citizenship is to take into account the societal changes of the last 50 years and consolidate the integration of foreigners residing in Luxembourg. The Law, which will enter into force on January 1, 2009, allows dual citizenship or even multiple citizenships. […]

Luxembourg: Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Laws

(Oct. 17, 2008) Luxembourg recently adopted two laws relating to the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing. They amend previous legislation on this subject matter, in particular, the Law of November 12, 2004. The first Law transposes into national law Directive 2005/60/EC of the European Parliament and Council of October 26, 2005, on the […]

Belgium; Luxembourg; Netherlands: New Treaty

(July 2, 2008) Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg signed a new Benelux Treaty on June 17, 2008, in The Hague. The new treaty revises the present treaty, signed in 1958, which will come to an end on October 31, 2010. Article 2 of the new treaty provides its main objectives: to protect the Benelux countries' […]

Luxembourg: Right to Die with Dignity

(Mar. 2, 2008) In February 2008, the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies adopted the Law on the Right to Die with Dignity. The Law covers both euthanasia and physician-assisted suicides. A physician who performs euthanasia or assists in a suicide must ensure that: the patient is legally competent at the time of his request; the patient […]