The ceiling for restaurant tickets increases from September 1, 2022. Employees will be able to spend up to €25 per day and it will be possible to use them to pay for all food shopping.
Good news for the approximately 4.8 million employees and self-employed people who currently benefit from restaurant tickets. The law on emergency measures for the protection of purchasing power and the amending finance law, definitively adopted by Parliament last week, raise the daily ceiling for use and extend the use of meal vouchers from from September 1st.
The daily payment ceiling raised to €25
Currently set at €19, the daily ceiling for the use of restaurant vouchers will increase to €25, in accordance with what the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, declared during discussions in the Hemicycle at the end of July. This increase in the daily ceiling for meal vouchers will be done by “regulatory route” and not legislative, he said. This new ceiling will apply both in restaurants and in supermarkets or food stores.
As a reminder, during the health crisis, the government had temporarily doubled the amount of the ceiling from €19 to €38 and authorized the use of meal vouchers on Sundays and public holidays in restaurants, self-service establishments, hotel restaurants and brasseries. .
Extended use to all food shopping
In addition to this increase in the ceiling, meal tickets can be used to pay for all food shopping until December 31, 2023. Today, only directly consumable food products, such as salads or sandwiches, can be paid for with meal tickets. restaurant. Thanks to this relaxation, restaurant vouchers can be used to buy all the food used to prepare meals such as eggs, flour, rice or even butter.
Increase in the maximum amount of restaurant tickets
Finally, the maximum amount of the employer’s share of restaurant vouchers exempt from charges will increase from €5.69 to €5.92 from 1 September. The measure was initially scheduled for January 1, 2023. The employer’s contribution to the financing of restaurant tickets should be between 50 and 60%, the maximum value of the restaurant ticket giving rise to the right to social exemption also increases and will go from 11.38 € to €11.84.