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Factsheet for case CZ-2021-8/1857 – measures in Czechia

COVID – SPORT III Ski resorts

COVID - SPORT III Lyžařské areály

Country Czechia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 15 February 2021 – 18 March 2021
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
Author Renata Kyzlinková (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs)
Case created 13 April 2021 (updated 12 May 2021)

Background information

The Government approved a compensation program for owners and operators of ski resorts, in response to the decision of the Government of the Czech Republic of 23 December 2020 No. 1376. Ski resorts were closed from 27 December 2020 on the basis of the above-mentioned resolution which led to a significant decrease in sales and thus the liquidity of these businesses.

The support is provided as a subsidy for operating costs such as energy costs, rents, depreciation of operating equipment, overheads and more.

The program is managed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic . The calls have been opened since 15 February 2021 till 18 March 2021.

The total allocation for this call is CZK 1 billion (€38,461,539 approx.).

Content of measure

Support for entrepreneurs was provided retrospectively according to the actual number of closed days of operation. The minimum length of this period is, with some exceptions, 50 days, the maximum 103 days.

The maximum amount of support per beneficiary depends on the number and structure of transport facilities. Compensation is related to 1 place on the lift and its amount is: 210 CZK for basic lifts, 340 CZK for non-detachable chairlifts and 530 CZK for detachable chairlifts per 1 day.

The highest possible daily allowance is further determined by the amount calculated as 50% of the average daily cost of operation for the 2 past seasons. The applicant is entitled to the lower of the amounts calculated in this way per day.

Use of measure

As of 8 March 2021, all 165 submitted applications for support were evaluated (the amount of the subsidy has already reached roughly more than CZK 700,000,000). It is expected to receive another 100 to 150 applications for CZK100,000,000.

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
Employers' organisations
European Funds
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 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 final program design resulted from a discussion with business associations, such as [The Association of Mountain Resorts] (https://www.ahscr.cz/)or the Czech Tourism Union .

Views and reactions

Supportive.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      H - Transportation And Storage H49 Land transport and transport via pipelines
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 11 January 2021: Vláda schválila podporu pro uzavřená lyžařská střediska (www.mpo.cz)
  • 08 March 2021: „COVID – SPORT III Lyžařská střediska“ (www.ahscr.cz)
  • 09 March 2021: COVID – SPORT III Ski resorts (covid.gov.cz)

Citation

Eurofound (2021), COVID – SPORT III Ski resorts, case CZ-2021-8/1857 (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.