New Eco cheques

Next to meal cheques, culture cheques and sport cheques, companies will, from now on, also be able to grant their employees eco cheques, which, under certain conditions (e.g. enter into a Collective bargaining agreement (CBA)), are exempt from taxes and social security contributions.

On 6 March 2009 the Council of ministers adopted a draft Royal Decree that implements Interprofessional Agreement (IPA) 2009-2010 regarding eco cheques as well as the CBA on this issue which has already been applied within the National Labour Council (CBA n° 98 of 20 February 2009).

Eco cheques will only serve for acquiring certain ecological products or services, such as: • lagging material for houses;

  • low-energy light bulbs and strip lighting, LED lighting;
  • water-saving shower heads;
  • recycling tanks for rainwater;
  • toilets with eco-flushes;
  • lpg installations for cars;
  • bicycles (purchase and maintenance);
  • 100% recycled paper;
  • Products and services with the Eco-label;
  • Sustainably managed wood (FSC or PEFC or equivalent);
  • trees, outdoor plants;
  • non-motorized gardening tools;
  • etc

For the time being we are still awaiting the publication and application of the adopted Royal Decree in order for the regulations regarding the eco cheques to take effect.