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Factsheet for measure BE-2021-50/2108 – measures in Belgium
|Country||Belgium , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 10 December 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Employment protection and retention
– Income support for people in employment (e.g., short-time work)
|Author||Dries Van Herreweghe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||04 January 2022 (updated 12 January 2022)|
As the horeca sector is confronted with another series of sanitary restrictions (like obligatory closing at 23:00). The federal government has decided to support the sector via the existing sectoral fund. This financial support to companies within the sector is intended to ensure that employees (who often are faced with temporary unemployment) receive a full end-of-year bonus.
The government has decided to invest €66 million into the sectoral fund of the horeca sector to be distributed by the fund to the companies active within the sector. This intervention avoids employees being financially affected twice, after a period of temporary unemployment. The sectoral fund is managed by the social partners jointly, so it is ultimately their responsibility to distribute the funds to the companies within the sector (which in turn distribute it to their employees).
In 2020 the government also invested €167 million in the sector, a part of that investment was also intended to finance end-of-year bonuses for employees within the sector that year.
Employees in standard employment
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
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 sector fund for the horeca sectors (as do all sectoral funds) are managed by the social partners jointly. They are responsible for the management of the fund and therefore the distribution of the funding that the government provided.
The social partners agree with the government's decision to support the employees and employers that are active within the sector and have been heavily affected by the virus and the accompanying measures.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities|
|R92 Gambling and betting activities|
|R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2022), Support for horeca sector to pay end-of-year bonus, measure BE-2021-50/2108 (measures in Belgium), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BE-2021-50_2108.html
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