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Factsheet for measure AT-2020-16/789 – Updated – measures in Austria
|Country||Austria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 15 April 2020 – 31 December 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Extensions of income support to workers not covered by any kind of protection scheme
|Author||Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||25 April 2020 (updated 08 January 2021)|
|Related ERM support instrument|
For companies affected by business closures, a €15 billion COVID-19 crisis fund ("Nothilfefonds") is available, which consists of several measures (see the cases bank guarantees, state support for tourism), among them the subsidy for fixed costs. To cover fixed costs, non-repayable subsidies are granted to companies that suffer substantial sales losses of at least 40% due to the consequences of the corona crisis (see case AT-2020-16/474 ). As part of this package, also an entrepreneurs' salary can be claimed.
Eligible for the subsidy of fixed costs are those companies that fully meet the following conditions:
Among the different components of fixed costs which can be subsidised, an entrepreneur's salary is included. This is calculated on the basis of the last assessed previous year and amounts to a minimum of €666.67 and a maximum of €2,666.67 per month.
At the beginning of December, over 45,000 applications for phase one were submitted for the total amount of €625 million. Thus far, over 39,000 have been approved and €380 million have thus far been paid (with an average of €9,742).
In the first week of applications for the second phase of the fixed costs subsidy, 812 applications were submitted with a volume of €9.8 million. Almost €10,000 paid on average per application.
One person or microenterprises
|Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The Federal Economic Chamber was consulted in the design of the measure.
Both sides of the social partners are supportive, as the subsidy also supports workers as employment may be retained.
Eurofound (2020), Entrepreneur's wage (part of the company subsidy for fixed costs), measure AT-2020-16/789 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/AT-2020-16_789.html
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