Factsheet for case BE-2020-12/1053 – measures in Belgium
, applies regionally
|Time period||Temporary, 20 March 2020 – 17 August 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Provision of services in kind (e.g. food vouchers)
|Author||Dries Van Herreweghe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Eurofound|
|Case created||01 September 2020 (updated 11 September 2020)|
In order to prevent the large group of people that relied on economic unemployment benefits, an energy and water premium was established. Concretely, every employee who became temporarily unemployed as a result of the corona crisis receives a lump sum of €202.68 from the Flemish government for the payment of the water and energy bill.
Every employee that had to rely on economic unemployment to a certain extent is eligible for the measure. The amount of €202.68 is given automatically, without any additional actions necessary by the person struck by economic unemployment due to the COVID-19 crisis or any of the measures implemented by the government (for example: forced closure of certain businesses and sectors). The measure applies only to citizens in Flanders. The premium applies to people and not households, meaning that in a household with two adults two premiums can apply. In case of rental the premium is distributed to the tenant and not the landlord (as it is the tenant who pays the energy- and water bills of his/her property).
In June it was reported that approximately 700,000 Flemish citizens applied for the water- and energy premium.
Other groups of workers
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Local / regional government
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2020), Water and energy premium in case of temporary unemployment , case BE-2020-12/1053 (measures in Belgium), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
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