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Factsheet for measure BE-2020-47/1685 – Updated – measures in Belgium
, applies regionally
|Time period||Temporary, 15 November 2020 – 14 March 2022|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Dries Van Herreweghe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||08 January 2021 (updated 23 March 2022)|
Entrepreneurs that have been struck significantly because of the crisis and can prove so for the period between 1 October and 18 November are eligible to a remuneration of a percentage of the turnover loss. The mechanism was introduced following the further restrictions that were introduced in October-November 2020 by the Flemish minister of Economy and Innovation.
The support is provided to companies that can prove that their turnover has decreased by 60% in the period between 1 October 18 November 2020, compared to the previous year.
The support amounts to 10% of the turnover during the same period in 2019. Self-employed workers in a secondary occupation can receive 5% aid. For enterprises that had not yet started in 2019, the decrease in turnover will be compared with the expected turnover as stated in their financial plan.
The maximum support amounts to: €7,500-€22,500 depending on the amount of employees and application date.
Cafés and restaurants which were forced to closed from 19 October to 18 November 2020 as a result of the federal and Flemish coronavirus measures do not have to demonstrate the reduction percentage in turnover.
It is still too early to assess the uptake of the measure as it is fairly new.
|Applies to all workers||Applies to all 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:
The involvement was not stated.
There are no public reactions from the social partners but the employers' associations provide information and have information on it available on their websites.
Eurofound (2021), New Flemish Protection Mechanism, measure BE-2020-47/1685 (measures in Belgium), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BE-2020-47_1685.html
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