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The Luxembourg Government strengthens its support to LuxFLAG and sustainable finance

Published Thursday January 24 2019

On January 24, the Minister of Finance, Pierre Gramegna, the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, Carole Dieschbourg, and the Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, Paulette Lenert, signed a new multiannual convention between the Luxembourg Government and LuxFLAG, the labelling agency for sustainable investment products.

With this new convention, the Luxembourg Government strengthens further its support and trust towards LuxFLAG and its pledge for sustainable finance in general. The convention expresses Luxembourg’s willingness to reinforce its commitment to sustainable finance at European level and the fundamental role that LuxFLAG is meant to play in enhancing transparency and investor confidence in the sustainable investment market. The three Ministries also committed to an annual subsidy to LuxFLAG for a minimum period of three years, until December 31st, 2021. 

Pierre Gramegna, Minister of Finance, said at the signing ceremony: “Through the close collaboration between the private sector and the public sector within LuxFLAG, Luxembourg has established itself as a European pioneer in the labelling domain of sustainable finance. This collaboration will be substantially strengthened with the financial support granted in the context of this new convention. In addition, it will further consolidate Luxembourg’s leading position in sustainable finance.”

Carole Dieschbourg, the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, underlined: “Sustainable finance will help Luxembourg fulfill its role with regards to sustainable development through the implementation of the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda. Transparency is a determining factor in order to accelerate the reorientation of capital flows towards sustainable resource management and renewable energy solutions.”

Paulette Lenert, the Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, added: “LuxFLAG is a quality guarantor for impact investments done through Luxembourg. The capital flows of the inclusive finance sector represent a considerable contribution of our country towards the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Without this funding and the fulfillment of LuxFLAG’s criteria, the Microfinance Institutions would have much more risks and fewer resources.”

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