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Factsheet for measure BG-2022-14/2279 – Updated – measures in Bulgaria
|Bulgaria , applies nationwide
|Temporary, 01 April 2022 – 31 December 2023
|War in Ukraine
|Other initiatives or policies
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping or obtaining a safe home
|Ekaterina Markova (IPS-Bas) and Eurofound
|16 May 2022 (updated 10 November 2023)
The aim of the programme is to support enterprises and persons operating in categorised and registered accommodation facilities within the Tourism Act, entered in the National Tourist Register (NTR), as well as budgetary organisations and persons operating facilities entered in the Register of Accommodation Facilities and providing accommodation and feeding services to persons seeking temporary protection in the Republic of Bulgaria as a result of the hostilities in the Republic of Ukraine.
Displaced persons from Ukraine covered by the temporary protection in the Republic of Bulgaria under the Asylum and Refugee Act, including persons under 18 years of age, are entitled to receive humanitarian assistance for accommodation and food in accommodation places.
These accommodation places should be registered in the National Tourist Register or in the Register of Shelter Places established for the purpose of the implementation of the programme. The state aid is in the total amount of BGN 43.60 incl. VAT (at a VAT rate of 9%) per person per night and per meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner), including tourist tax and transport, where applicable. VAT costs are covered by the program.
According to the Ministry of Tourism, the Council of Ministers adopted Decision No 285 of 5 May 2022 on the approval of funds to applicants under the "Programme for the use of humanitarian assistance for persons seeking temporary protection in the Republic of Bulgaria as a result of the hostilities in Ukraine" (the Programme) and Decree No 71 of 5 May 2022 of the Council of Ministers on the approval of additional expenditures under the budget of the Ministry of Tourism for 2022 in the amount of BGN 4,900 million.
Up to 5 of April 2022, 39,646 people from Ukraine were accommodated in hotels.
In anticipation of the first payment of BGN 40 per person per day, owners of hotels are complaining that they can no longer cover their costs. The first BGN 6 million will be distributed to 130 hotels and the payment is due around 15 April, so there are still ten days to go. A BNT report yesterday revealed that hoteliers insist that the aid should be given in instalments - at least twice a month, but according to the chairman of the parliamentary committee on tourism Ilin Dimitrov this will make it difficult for the Ministry of Tourism.
A second payment has been made for the first stage of the Programme for the period from 24 February 2022 to 31 March 2022, verifying 109,375 additional nights for a total value of BGN 4,768,736.
As per 16 May 2022, 259,965 Ukrainians have entered Bulgaria, of which 103,469 remained in Bulgaria. Children are more than 39,143. 63,127 Ukrainians are accommodated, and 103,294 are registered for temporary protection, according to the official portal Bulgaria for Ukraine.
|Does not apply to workers
Companies providing essential services
Migrants or refugees
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The Minister of Tourism Mr. Hristo Prodanov organised a meeting with owners of hotels and employers in tourism on 5 of March 2022. Hoteliers in Bulgaria have already expressed their readiness to provide shelter and work to refugees from Ukraine. The Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association (BHRA) has announced its readiness to help Ukrainians to find temporary shelter in Bulgaria.
"Businesses supported the amount to be paid to each hotel that hosts a refugee, which is 40 leva per person per day. The measure is being worked out now and will be a crisis, temporary. It is a matter of one or two days before it is spelled out and uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Tourism. The measure will have a retroactive effect, those who have accommodated refugees so far will be paid," said the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Tourism Mr. Ilin Dimitrov.
|Sector (NACE level 2)
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities
|I56 Food and beverage service activities
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2022), Assistance for accommodation and food for persons from Ukraine, measure BG-2022-14/2279 (measures in Bulgaria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BG-2022-14_2279.html
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