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Factsheet for measure CZ-2021-15/1809 Updated – measures in Czechia

COVID - Trade fairs/Congresses programme

Program COVID – Veletrhy/kongresy

Country Czechia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 06 April 2021 – 31 May 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Soňa Veverková (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs) and Eurofound
Measure added 06 April 2021 (updated 12 May 2021)

Background information

This programme is supposed to help event companies organising trade fairs, congresses and related B2B events, which have been affected by antipandemic measures, to maintain the trade fair infrastructure, including related services.

The relevant period for the support is from 1 March 2020 until 31 October 2020. Applications can be submitted from 6 April 2021 until 31 May 2021. The applicant has to prove that his/her turnover in the relevant period decreased at least by 30%.

Content of measure

Under this programme, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, Ministerstvo průmyslu a obchodu České republiky, MPO will provide a support in the amount of up to 60% of uncovered costs and 40% for entities with ownership participation of the state or territorial self-governing unit of the Czech Republic. Eligible companies are companies in promotion and/or management of events, business and trade shows, trade fairs, conferences and meetings.

The maximum amount of support per applicant is CZK 20,000,000 (€766,724). The support can be combined with other programmes, such as COVID - Rent, COVID - Culture and Antivirus programme, however, in such cases, the total amount is reduced.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

01 April 2021

COVID-Trade fairs/Congresses programme is replaced by two new programmes programmes - COVID - Uncovered costs programme and COVID 2021 programmme .

Use of measure

No information available yet.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / 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:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


Social partners are informed on the government´s compensation measures. In this case, the involvement of social partners is not known.

Views and reactions

Views of social partners is not known, however, it is supposed that it is supportive, since there are not any negative opinions on this measure.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      N - Administrative And Support Service Activities N82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 23 March 2021: MPO: COVID - Trade fairs/Congresses programme/MPO: COVID - Veletrhy/kongresy (


Eurofound (2021), COVID - Trade fairs/Congresses programme, measure CZ-2021-15/1809 (measures in Czechia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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