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Factsheet for measure CZ-2021-3/1834 Updated – measures in Czechia

COVID 2021

COVID 2021

Country Czechia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 11 January 2021 – 31 December 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 Aleš Kroupa (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs)
Measure added 09 April 2021 (updated 31 January 2022)

Background information

COVID – Uncovered costs is a new programme, which - together with COVID 21 - replaces most of the previous sectoral compensation programmes:

COVID 21 is an alternative to the COVID - Uncovered costs programme , which means that companies can choose only one of these two programmes.

Content of measure

Eligible for the support are entrepreneurs, both natural person or a legal entity. The support is provided in the amount of CZK 500 (€19 approx.) per day and per employee expressed as full-time equivalent.

The support is provided for operating costs related to the maintenance of business activities (personnel costs, costs of materials, services, depreciation, taxes and fees, loan repayments, overheads, etc.). Submission of applications is possible from 12 April 2021 to 2 Jun 2021 and support is provided for the period from 11 January 2021 to 9 May 2021.

Programme support can be combined with Antivirus employment retention programme at the same time.


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

22 November 2021

The government approved the third call of the COVID 2021. Eligible businesses had a decrease of at least 30% in turnover in the period from 1 November 2021 until 31 December 2021, in comparison with the same period in 2019.

The support will be CZK 300 (€12) times the number of full time employees times the number of days for which the entrepreneur requests support.

06 May 2021

By the Resolution of the Government of the Czech Republic No. 437 of 6 May in 2021, the deadline for terminating program COVID 2021 was extended to 9 May under the same conditions as in previous periods in 2021. With this measure, the period for which entrepreneurs could receive support (11 January 2021 - 31 March 2021) was extended until 9 May. Submission of applications is possible from 12 April 2021 to 2 June 2021.

Use of measure

No information available yet.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

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 No involvement Consulted
Form Not applicable Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

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

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


Social partners (employers´ associations) were involved in designing of the programme.

Views and reactions



  • 01 April 2021: VÝZVA 1 k programu podpory podnikatelů postižených celosvětovým šířením onemocnění COVID-19 způsobeného virem SARS-CoV-2 „COVID 2021“ (
  • 22 November 2021: MPO: The government has approved new calls of compensation programmes/MPO: Vláda schválila kompenzace pro podnikatele v souvislosti s covid-19 (


Eurofound (2021), COVID 2021, measure CZ-2021-3/1834 (measures in Czechia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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