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Factsheet for measure CY-2021-1/1832 – measures in Cyprus
|Country||Cyprus , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 January 2021|
|Context||COVID-19, European Semester|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||09 April 2021 (updated 05 May 2021)|
The scheme refers to a bundle of measures that aim to support local cultural operators and artists, which includes individual allowances for artists, the covering of operational costs of operators, the development of theatre productions and the support of the institutional events of the Island. The scheme is approved by the Cabinet in February 2021 and regulated by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth.
The available budget for all measures of the bundle is €4.045 million and includes the following:
The current information for the estimated number of beneficiaries is as follows:
Other groups of workers
Sector specific set of companies
|Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
National Recovery and Resilience Facility
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:
The bundle of measures for artists and cultural operators emerged after the harsh criticism and the public outcry for the limited support of the government provided to the artistic domain since the first wave of the pandemic. The pressure and the demands for support by the artist social partners, the interventions of political parties and the public mobilization of artists forced the government to act. Broad consultation meetings of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth and social partners led to the designing of the bundle of measures. The Cultural Services of the Ministry and the ‘Cyprus Theatre Organization’, accordingly, are monitoring the implementation of the measures.
Taken that the foreseen amount for support of the bundle of measures is double that the usual annual amount that is granted for the support of the artistic domain by the government, social partners are satisfied with this development. Particular reactions or disagreements with the measures have not been expressed to this moment.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Supporting measures for cultural operators and artists , measure CY-2021-1/1832 (measures in Cyprus), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/CY-2021-1_1832.html
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