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Factsheet for measure CY-2021-20/1939 – measures in Cyprus
|Country||Cyprus , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 12 May 2021 – 31 December 2021|
|Context||COVID-19, European Semester|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
|Author||Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||07 July 2021 (updated 15 July 2021)|
The measure provides governmental guarantees to credit institutions for the purpose of granting new low-cost loans to enterprises and self-employed people. The aim of the measure is to inject liquidity in the economy including the covering of investments within the Republic and the working capital requirement rather than covering the payment of existing credit facilities of enterprises. The measure is regulated by the Law for the Issuance of State Guarantees to Credit Institutions for the Granting of Loans to Enterprises and Self-employed Persons (L. 110(1)2021). The Law is subjected to the provisions of the Communication of the European Commission and the European Commission's Directorate-General Competition Department.
Beneficiaries of the measure are self-employed people and enterprises, which were not considered as ‘undertakings in difficulty’ on 31 December 2019 in order to only confront financial difficulties that are due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, tax obligations of the applicants to the Republic shall be settled during the application process. Also, the eligible enterprises and self-employed do not dismiss members of their staff from the period begging on the date of the issuance of the Law and six months thereafter the loan is granted.
Government guarantees are granted for the benefit of credit institutions. They cover losses that may arising from loans to be granted in accordance with the provisions of this Law, with a specified maximum limit of loss coverage in the amount of seventy percent ( for the Republic and thirty percent for credit institutions for new loans. In addition, enterprises and self-employed persons are obliged to mortgage as collateral for the loan any other unmortgaged real estate or other assets they own.
The maximum amount of government guarantee that may be granted to a credit institution for loans to enterprises and self-employed persons shall not exceed twenty-five percent of the total primary and secondary capital as of the 31 December 2020.
The total available budget for credit institutions is €1 billion from which:
The number of beneficiaries of the measure is currently unavailable as the measure is still running.
|Does not apply to workers||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
National Recovery and Resilience Facility
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:
The bill for the state guarantees was first introduced by the government to the House of Representatives (HoR) in May 2020, which given rise to much reactions from the opposition parties and a long-lasting public debate. Concerns for the control, transparency, the amount and the distribution of the amount among small, medium and large enterprises of the state guarantees have been raised by the Parliamentary Budgetary Control Committee and the political parties. On the other hand, the employers´ organizations warned that the delate of the adoption of the bill and its degeneration of from its original form through amendments will be meaningless. Almost a year later (April 2021), the critics and and the intense pressure of the business world to the government but the political parties as well, government and the HoR agreed to amendments and adopted the bill.
Despite that the adoption of the bill was supported and has been welcomed by the employers’ organization, some economic analysts foreseen the negative reaction of the European Commission on the amendments that have occurred, questioned the use of the timeframe for the implementation of the guarantees and disagreed with the logic of the distribution of the amount among the enterprises.
Eurofound (2021), State guarantees for credit institutions for loan granting to enterprises and self-employed, measure CY-2021-20/1939 (measures in Cyprus), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/CY-2021-20_1939.html
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