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Factsheet for case CZ-2020-50/1690 – measures in Czechia

COVID-19: Extra funding for school camps

COVID: Školy v přírodě

Country Czechia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 10 December 2020 – 12 February 2021
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
Author Renata Kyzlinková (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs
Case created 10 January 2021 (updated 12 August 2021)

Background information

The subsidy is intended to support accommodation facilities that offer accommodation for so-called schools camps (longer stays of whole school classes during the school year in countryside usually lasting 1-2 weeks. The regime is adjusted so that lessons are taken to a minimum extent in the morning and in the afternoon the class groups spend time in nature).

Suitable for the subsidy are those facilities that, due to the measure adopted by the government (the issuance of an extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health File no.: MZDR 20584 / 2020-2 / MIN / KAN of 19 May 2020 - "Restrictions on the operation of schools and school facilities"), did not have the opportunity to carry out the contracted stays.

Content of measure

The purpose of the subsidy is to mitigate the negative impacts on business entities (accommodation facilities) in the Czech Republic associated with issued government resolutions and extraordinary measures of the Ministry of Health in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The subsidy to accommodation facilities will be provided for schools camps contracted in the decisive period from 25 May 2020 to 29 June 2020 (inclusive), i.e. a total of a maximum of 36 days.

The amount of support is 27% of the amount contracted for one participant. The maximum amount for the calculation of a proportional amount of 27% is CZK 400 (€15.3 approx.) per participant and day. The maximum amount of the subsidy can therefore be CZK 108 (€14.1 approx.) per participant and day.

For the purpose of the subsidy, the school camp is defined as a group stay, which consists of at least ten pupils of primary school, special school, secondary school, kindergarten and their supervision, while the length of stay must be at least three nights.

The amount of the financial allocation for this call is CZK 65 million (€2,484,709 approx.) and the provider of the subsidy is the Ministry for Regional Development, MMR .

Use of measure

As of 31 May 2021, 314 applications were approved (out of 326) for subsidy by the total amount of CZK 36,097,198 (€1,388,353 approx.).

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Children (minors)

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Consulted
Form Not applicable Direct consultation outside a formal body

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

  • Only employers' organisations
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level

Involvement

[The Association of Children's Recreation, Asociace dětské rekreace] (https://www.adrek.cz/) with the support of [the Czech Confederation of Commerce and Tourism, Svaz obchodu a cestovního ruchu] (http://www.socr.cz/english-info/), participated in the design of compensation for providers of accommodation for "Schools in nature".

Views and reactions

Employers associations support the measure.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I55 Accommodation

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 11 November 2020: Covid - Školy v přírodě (www.mmr.cz)
  • 01 December 2020: "COVID školy v přírodě" pro ubytovatele zveřejněn (www.adrek.cz)
  • 31 May 2021: MMR: Covid programmes statistics/MMR: Statistiky podpořených z covidových programů

Citation

Eurofound (2021), COVID-19: Extra funding for school camps, case CZ-2020-50/1690 (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.