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Factsheet for measure CY-2020-24/895 – Updated – measures in Cyprus
|Country||Cyprus , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 13 June 2020 – 31 October 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Employment protection and retention
– Income support for people in employment (e.g., short-time work)
|Author||Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||29 June 2020 (updated 19 January 2022)|
The new support package of government consists of five special schemes that aim to support the Cypriot economy, workers and the businesses, in particularly, to address the consequences emanated by the crisis of the pandemic and to stay afloat. They have been issued by the Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance with the Decrees 269, 270, 271, 272 and 273 of the Law for Emergency Measures for the Confrontation of the Pandemic of COVID-19 (2020).
This measure has the following contents:
The basic requirement for participation in the four schemes is that no employee has been dismissed since 1 March 2020 and up until 31 October 2020. The maximum amount to be paid is €1,214 and minimum €360.
The fifth scheme targets the unemployed, who have exhausted their right to receive an unemployed benefit. Beneficiaries will be eligible to receive a lump sum of €360.
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|26 October 2021||
Decree 431/2021 extends the implementation of the measure for Hotels and Accomodation Units until 31 October 2021, which is the last period of the measure.
Decree 432/2021 and 433 /2021 extend the measure for businesses connected with the hotel industry and businesses of certain categories until 31 October 2021, which is also the last period of the implementation of the measures.
|27 September 2021||
Decrees 329/2021, 368/2021 & 402/2021 extend the implementation period of the measure for Hotels and Accommodation Units until 30 September 2021.
Decrees 330/2021, 369/2021 & 403/2021 extend the implementation period of the measure for businesses connected with the hotel industry until 30 September 2021.
|08 July 2021||
Decrees 166/2021, 216/2021 & 216/2021 extend the implementation period of the measure for Hotels and Accommodation Units until 30 June 2021.
Respectively, Decrees 274/2021, 217/2021 & 167/2021 extend the implementation period of the measure for businesses connected with the hotel industry until 30 June 2021.
|19 March 2021||
Decrees 13/2021, 81/2021 & 121/2021 extend the implementation period of the measure for Hotels and Accommodation Units until 31 March 2021.
Respectively, Decrees 14/2021, 82/2021 & 122/2021 extend the implementation period of the measure for businesses connected with the hotel industry.
|30 November 2020||
This scheme is updated every month; last update provides the extension of the scheme until 31 December 2020.
|01 September 2020||
The Cabinet decided the extension of this package of measures covering the period 1 September 2020 to 31 October 2020 with an additional budget of €50 million. Basic requirement for participation is that no employee is dismissed by 31 December 2020.
The budget of the bundle of the five new measures is €150 million. According to the joint press conference of the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurances around 50,000 beneficiaries are expected for the five schemes for the period 13 June to 12 October 2020.
Employees in standard employment
Sector specific set of companies
|Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners - trade unions and employers’ organisations - participated in the structural dialogue for the design of the measure following the invitation of the Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurances. They have been asked to submit their proposals, which they have taken into account to a great extent. The finalization of the measure has been drawn by the Ministry based on the feedback received from social partners.
The reactions of both trade unions and employers' organizations as well as the reaction of political parties on the announcement of the measure are very positive. They all believe that the measure is another step in the right direction for the support of the economy and SMEs, in particular, in order to stay afloat and avoid dismissals but the increase of unemployment rate at the same time.
This case is sector-specific (only private sector)
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C10 Manufacture of food products|
|C11 Manufacture of beverages|
|F - Construction||F41 Construction of buildings|
|F42 Civil engineering|
|F43 Specialised construction activities|
|G - Wholesale And Retail Trade; Repair Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles||G46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I55 Accommodation|
|I56 Food and beverage service activities|
|M - Professional, Scientific And Technical Activities||M73 Advertising and market research|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities|
|R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Special support schemes for workers and businesses, measure CY-2020-24/895 (measures in Cyprus), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/CY-2020-24_895.html
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