From 2022, Belgian border workers will be entitled to 34 days of teleworking. Now, 19 elected officials from the Grand Est region are pushing to add 18 additional days for employees working at home.
As it stands, Belgian cross-border workers employed in the Grand Duchy will be entitled to ten additional days of teleworking in 2022 while being taxed in Luxembourg, according to an agreement between the two countries signed in August.
This example of progress, both for the 49,000 Belgian border workers and for politicians, led nineteen elected officials in France to launch a campaign to increase the number of days allowed for their own border workers. Around 110,000 people from French border regions are employed in Luxembourg, according to Statec at the start of 2021, thus representing around 24.3%, or 1 in 4, of all employees in the Duchy.
Although employees have been exempt from the usual tax burden for two years due to the pandemic, from 2022 they will again be limited to 29 days of teleworking in France without being subject to additional taxation in their country of residence. The 29-day threshold is subject to the tax treaty in force between France and Luxembourg.
The mayor of Thionville pushes for 56 days
In their manifesto, 19 elected officials from the Grand Est region called on the French government to raise the threshold from 29 days to 47 days of teleworking per year, which would allow employees to work from home one day a week while benefiting from social security. The manifesto, launched at the initiative of MEP Nathalie Colin-Oesterlé, was sent Wednesday to Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of the Economy and Finance and to Clément Beaune, Secretary of State for European Affairs, according to the the Republican Lorrain.
Among the signatories are Jean Rottner, president of the Grand Est region, Patrick Weiten, president of Moselle, François Grosdidier, president of the Eurometropolis of Metz, and Pierre Cuny, mayor of Thionville. The latter posted on social media, saying he had pushed for an increase of up to 56 days a year.
The head of the prefecture of Moselle Laurent Touvet responded to the initiative by saying “47 days of teleworking? And why not 50 or 200 with taxes in Luxembourg? The interest of France is not to deprive itself of tax income “, according to the the Republican Lorrain.