Bakers can sell their bread from 4 a.m

Published on 26 Jan, 2018

Bakers, pastry chefs, butchers and other craftsmen working in the food industry will no longer be disadvantaged compared to petrol stations. The Ministry of Economy has granted them the right to open their business from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m.

(MF with M.G.) – Bakers, pastry chefs, butchers and other craftsmen working in the food industry will no longer be disadvantaged compared to petrol stations. The Ministry of Economy has granted them the right to open their business from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This new derogation, in force since 22 January 2018, granted by the Ministry of Economy, is valid for one year only. Time to reshape the law. Small grocery stores can therefore extend their opening hours.

This derogation is in response to a request from the Fédération des artisans (which groups 51 professional federations in Luxembourg) made in December.

In fact, the case dates back to June 2015. The Berto bakery in Differdange wanted to sell its hot rolls and croissants from 5 a.m. just like the petrol stations a few hundred metres away.

The baker had asked the Ministry of Economy for permission, which then refused because “the law left me no other choice”, Minister Etienne Schneider explained at the time.

The 1995 law in force in Luxembourg provides that bakeries may not open before 6 a.m. and close at the latest by 8 p.m.

The baker had considered that the gas stations had a disadvantageous competitive advantage. Bread rolls and croissants sold very early in the morning can pay an employee, explains lawyer Jean-Paul Noesen.

This is why the Administrative Court dismissed the appeal of the Ministry of Economy.

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