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Social innovation in Luxembourg is very much focused around the Social and Solidarity Economy. In 2011, Social and solidarity economy jobs were found to have a 7% share of total employment in Luxembourg. According to the European Commission first comparative report, Luxembourg is one of the 8 countries in Europe which have a policy framework in place to support social enterprises.


Social innovation is time and context specific. That means it can mean different things in different context. What might not seem innovative in one country, may be ground breaking in another. The political and cultural background is important to understand. There are also a wide variety of organisations involved in this field, each have different perspectives. So, the purpose of this page is to demonstrate a variety of views on what social innovation means to different kinds of organisations in Luxembourg.

The voices from Luxembourg:

In 2015, Jean-Christophe Burkel, Director at Union luxembourgeoise de l'économie sociale et solidaire (ULESS) provided a snapshot of social innovation in Luxembourg using key milestones:

  • 2007: The label “Sozial Affair” was created by 7 NGOs in order to promote the economic and social integration of people at risk of social exclusion. 
  • 2009: Romain Schneider becomes the first Minister in charge of Solidarity Economy. Through the inception of this new ministerial department, Social innovation, social enterprises and solidarity economy become part of the Governmental strategy for the 2009-2014 legislative term.

  • 2013: Creation of the ULESS. Founded with the support of the Government, its aim is to defend and promote the Social and Solidarity Economy.

He also notes key actors in social innovation including governmental bodies, research think-tanks, business federations and private Initiatives. He particularly highlights organisations like 1,2,3 Go Social and Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST).

Read the full contribution here.