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Factsheet for measure BE-2022-25/3191 – measures in Belgium
, applies regionally
|Time period||Temporary, 15 June 2022 – 15 December 2023|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
|Author||Dries Van Herreweghe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||02 June 2023 (updated 19 June 2023)|
The Flemish government has set up an adapted financing system, called the bridging loan, to support SMEs and large enterprises with their immediate liquidity problems. These problems are caused by the war in Ukraine and result in rising costs of goods, especially energy. Enterprises operating in the agriculture, horticulture, fisheries and aquaculture sectors can apply for the bridging loan.
The loan can be used to finance purchases from multiple suppliers of goods, services or investments. It can also be used to reimburse costs of rent.
The minimum loan provided is €10,000. The annual interest rate, ranging from 3.56% to 5.06% (valid from 1 April to 1 July 2023), depends on the company's size and the chosen repayment period.
The maximum borrowing limit is €2 million. Repayment is made monthly in equal instalments, starting after a 24-month grace period. Interest repayment is also made monthly, without any grace period.
On 3 January 2023 an additional 'extended bridging loan' of up to €2 million was launched. This loan is open until 15 December 2023. The loan amounts to a minimum of €10,000 and has a term of 3 or 5 years.
|Does not apply to 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:
No reports on involvement of social partners.
No public statements of views of social partners.
Eurofound (2023), 'Bridging loan' to financially support enterprises , measure BE-2022-25/3191 (measures in Belgium), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BE-2022-25_3191.html
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