Frequently Asked Questions
Has your flight been cancelled or delayed, does your online purchase not happen as planned, are you victim of a scam, do you have an issue with a delivery or, in general, have your European consumer rights not been respected? The ECC Luxembourg can help you!
Yes. Our services are completely free of charge.
There are several ways to contact us:
- via our contact form below
- via telephone at +352 268 464, from Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm, except on Wednesday from 9:00am to 1:00pm
- via a physical appointment in our offices (271, Route d'Arlon, Strassen). A consultation allows you to discuss your case with one of our jurists in the language of your choice (German, English, French and Luxembourgish). To make an appointment, please contact us.
Cancellation of the ticket is only possible if you have purchased a ticket that can be changed or cancelled, which is usually not the case. In most cases, it will only be possible to cancel your ticket due to illness if you have taken out cancellation insurance. You will need to contact the insurance company directly to request a refund.
In Luxembourg, in Belgium as well as in France, the trader can freely fix the terms and conditions for his gift cards. Thus a gift card whose date has expired is no longer valid. However, as a good will gesture, certain traders accept to extend the validity date or to reimburse the consumer. This is however not a legal obligation.
In Germany, according to the law, gift cards can be limited in time, however the validity period of the card cannot be too short. As for example, a Court in Munich considered that the delay of one year was not sufficient. German law also allows for a reimbursement of the gift card, if it is not used during the validity period (the seller could apply some fees).
Before paying, make sure that you have actually entered into an onerous contract with the company. If you are convinced that you do not owe the sum claimed, ask for proof of the conclusion of a contract by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt. In general, there are various indications that this is probably a fraudulent e-mail:
- The name of the company does not match to the e-mail address
- An error message appears when you try to open the attachment
- You notice spelling and grammatical errors in the text
No. A right of withdrawal only exists for distance purchases (by telephone etc.) or through the Internet. It is possible that the store makes a gesture by agreeing to reimburse you by giving back your money or a voucher. A legal obligation for the seller to reimburse you does not exist. Please take notice that the situation is different when purchasing a defective good.
The legal guarantee is 2 years for all new products in the European Union. This guarantee is applicable even if it is not provided in the contract.
You do not have a right of withdrawal for all your purchases on the internet. For a number of goods, there is no right of withdrawal and this is particularly the case for goods personalised according to the customer.
On the Internet you will find many sites selling tickets. Some offer expensive tickets even before the official dealers have the right to sell.
Before you purchase tickets online, make sure that the website is an official reseller. In general, artists and organizers offer links to reliable resellers on their websites.
No, for a sale during a trade fair or exhibition in Luxembourg you have no right of withdrawal, as for example for door-to-door sales.
The sale is final if the contract has been signed. If you still want to withdraw from the purchase, break-up fees are likely.
No, the law excludes any right of withdrawal for distance selling of concert tickets. However, it is possible that the seller has voluntarily offered you a right of withdrawal or a right to exchange the tickets. So read the general terms and conditions carefully before buying online.
The Ministry for Consumer Protection has published a guide dedicated specifically to retailers. It explains, theme by theme, avoiding purely legal language, the obligations of professionals as specified in the Code of Consumption. The aim is to put consumers on an equal footing with traders and to foster mutual trust.
The guide currently consists of 11 thematic sheets, available in French, German and English; additional files will be added regularly. It is available on request from the MPC (firstname.lastname@example.org). The files can be downloaded from the Ministry's website (pro-pc.public.lu), where it is also possible to subscribe to updates of existing files and new publications.
The answer to this question depends on whether German or Luxembourg law applies.
In Germany, the so-called “Bestellerprinzip” applies in principle to the letting of residential property. This means that the person who has commissioned the agent must pay the agent’s commission. Under Luxembourg law, the tenant can be engaged to pay the commission even if the landlord has commissioned the broker.
Since in this case the property is located in Germany, the landlord resides in Germany and the broker was commissioned by the landlord, there is a predominant reference to German law, which thus, in our opinion, applies.
In this respect, the “Bestellerprinzip” is, in our opinion, also applicable if – as in our case – Mr. M. and the broker are domiciled in Luxembourg. That is why the broker’s commission in the present case and in our opinion has to be paid by the landlord and not by Mr. M.
For a second-hand car, the seller can reduce the warranty to one year.
A new car: you pay the price without VAT. If you import the vehicle into your country, you pay the VAT applicable there.
A second-hand car: you pay the price including VAT of the country where you buy it. The VAT of the country of the seller is applicable.
These rules apply to sales between individuals and dealers. For sales between individuals, in principle, no VAT is applied.
Be careful, if you bought a vehicle that looks as new to customs officers. They may require that you have to pay the VAT of your country on arrival. The seller may in turn be paid back the VAT paid for the vehicle. This mechanism prevents double taxation.
Check our "Purchasing a vehicle" section for more information.
This is “phishing”. Fraudsters are using this method to get hold of your personal data in order to access your account. A bank or financial institution will never ask you to enter your personal details via e-mail.
– that I have won a large sum of money in a lottery (Spanish or other)
– that I am the sole heir of a person having lived abroad for a long time.
– that a wealthy person has died during a civil war and one needs my help to transfer the money out of the country. Expand
This is only a small selection of frauds. Every day new stories are invented to coax you to sending your money. Do not answer these letter / e-mails. Generally you are asked to pay a certain amount of money before the money is transferred (in most cases by “Western Union”. Be careful, this payment is not safe!) in order for the funds to be released.