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Factsheet for case CZ-2020-34/1315 – measures in Czechia

COVID-Culture programme: Support for companies and workers in arts and culture

COVID-Kultura

Country Czechia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, started on 18 August 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
Author Soňa Veverková (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs) and Eurofound
Case created 24 October 2020 (updated 03 November 2020)

Background information

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, Ministerstvo průmyslu a obchodu České republiky, MPO in cooperation with the [Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Ministerstvo kultury České republiky, MK] (http://www.mkcr.cz) prepared a subsidy programme COVID-Culture which supports businesses in the field of culture for vain expenditures incurred in connection with the organization of cultural events and activities.

The first call of the programme was opened on 18 August 2020 and covered ex-post the vain expenditures on cultural events which had been cancelled or postponed in the period of 10 March 2020 to 31 August 2020. The total allocation of the first call was CZK 900,000,000 (€33,063,923 approx.).

The second call was opened on 22 October 2020 and covers the vain expenditures on cultural events which are cancelled or postponed in the period of 1 October 2020 to 20 November 2020. The total allocation of the second call is CZK 750,000,000 (€27,553,269 approx.).

Content of measure

In the first call, eligible for the support were all businesses (no matter if legal or natural persons) in culture and creative industry which were hit by government's anti-COVID-19 measures. The subsidy covered up to 50% of eligible expenses for moved or canceled cultural events (rent, energy, wages, PR). The applicant could receive a maximum of CZK 5,000,000 million (€183,688 approx.).

The second call has two parts:

  • For business entities: the business entities in culture and creative industry can apply for the subsidy on vain expenditure incurred in a connection with the organisation of cultural events and the development of continuous cultural activities. The total amount of the support is 50% for eligible expenses for moved or canceled cultural event or 80% of the eligible expenditures for those business entities whose continuous activity in culture has been restricted by government's anti-COVID-19 measures. The maximum amount of support is CZK 10,000,000 (€367,377 approx.). The business entity cannot claim expenditures that it has already claimed in the first call of this programme or in another grant or rescue program (COVID-Rent etc.).

  • For self-employed there is a one-time support for artistic and technical professions in the field of culture in the amount of CZK 60,000 (€2,204 approx.).

Use of measure

No information available yet.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Self-employed
Particular professions
Solo-self-employed
Sector specific set of companies
One person or microenterprises
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Companies
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level

Involvement

Social partners, which are members of the tripartite body (Council of economic and social agreement, Rada hospodářské a sociální dohody, RHSD) were informed and consulted in both formal (requested by institutional settings) and informal ways. They are not involved in the management of policy measures.

Views and reactions

Supportive.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities
      R91 Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 15 August 2020: MPO: COVID-Culture 1 call/MPO: COVID-Kultura 1. výzva (www.mpo.cz)
  • 15 October 2020: MPO: COVID-Culture 2 call/MPO: COVID-Kultura 2. výzva (www.mpo.cz)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), COVID-Culture programme: Support for companies and workers in arts and culture, case CZ-2020-34/1315 (measures in Czechia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.