Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the COVID-19 crisis, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.
Factsheet for measure BE-2022-10/2203 – measures in Belgium
|Country||Belgium , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 04 March 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Other humanitarian measures
|Author||Dries Van Herreweghe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||04 May 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)|
Given the expected increase in the number of Ukranian refugees and the fact that a lot of the responsibility of supporting and housing them lies at the local/municipal level, the organisations that represent the interests of municipalities (VVSG for Flanders, UCVW for Wallonia and Brulocalis for Brussels), demanded additional support from the federal level.
Each local social service provider will receive an increased reimbursement for all Ukrainians refugees within their region. Instead of the usual 100%, the equivalent 'living wage' (the social allowance attributed to people for them to have a minimum income, NL: leefloon) will be refunded at 135% during the first four months. After four months, the repayment will drop to 125% for the entire period that the person concerned receives the equivalent living wage as temporary protection.
Thanks to the increased reimbursement rate, social services have extra resources for additional administrative costs, personnel costs and other needs. Social assistance can take many forms: material assistance, psychological assistance, financial assistance, and so on. This assistance is adapted to the real needs of each Ukrainian applicant. This is done on the basis of a social survey carried out by the social services in question.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Migrants or refugees
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:
There is no information available on any involvement of the social partners. Given the nature of the of the subject matter, it is unlikely that they had any actual involvement in it.
No public statement given by social partners.
Eurofound (2022), Additional financial resources for social services, measure BE-2022-10/2203 (measures in Belgium), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BE-2022-10_2203.html
30 January 2023
Governments across the EU continue to implement policies to support citizens and businesses in the face of rising food and energy prices caused by the COVID-19 crisis and intensified by the war in Ukraine. As winter approaches, preventing and addressing energy poverty becomes a priority. This article summarises the policy responses as reported in Eurofoundâ€™s EU PolicyWatch database from January to September 2022.Article
12 September 2022
Although the worldwide pandemic situation had already disrupted supply chains and triggered increases in energy and food prices in 2021, the situation deteriorated in 2022 with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.Article
12 September 2022
This article summarises the first policy responses that governments across the EU have started to implement to support companies affected by the rising prices, and those with commercial ties to Ukraine, Russia or Belarus.
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process.