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Factsheet for case DE-2020-13/736 Updated – measures in Germany

Baden-Württemberg: Emergency aid for businesses with up to 50 employees

Baden-Württemberg: Soforthilfe für Unternehmen bis zu 50 Arbeitnehmern

Country Germany , applies regionally

    • – DE1 BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG
Time period Temporary, 25 March 2020 – 31 May 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
Author Sandra Vogel (IW)
Case created 19 April 2020 (updated 09 April 2021)

Background information

The Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg has launched an emergency aid program: Commercial companies, social enterprises and members of the liberal professions who are in an existentially threatening economic situation as a result of the Corona pandemic and who suffer massive liquidity bottlenecks will receive a one-off, non-repayable grant.

The measures are legally implemented via the 'Ordinance of the state government about infection control measures against the spread of the SARS-Cov-2 virus (Corona Regulation - CoronaVO, see sources), effective as of 17 March 2020.

Content of measure

The Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg has launched an emergency aid program for micro- and small companies, such as commercial companies, social enterprises and members of the liberal professions who are in an existentially threatening economic situation as a result of the Corona pandemic and who suffer massive liquidity bottlenecks will receive a one-off, non-repayable grant.

The emergency aid package stipulates that regional companies can apply for 9,000 euros (companies with up to 5 employees),15,000 euros (up to 10 employees) or up to 30,000 euros (for up to 50 employees) of emergency aid assistance. All companies that were not in financial difficulties before the end of 2019 can apply for the grants. The regional emergency aid programme is a temporary measure to implement the one-off payments. However, the documents do not speak of a definite deadline. End of 2020 has been added as a time limit, as all cases should be dealt with by the end of the year.

Updates

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

09 October 2020

While there is no specific information on the use of this single measure available, Baden-Württemberg was able to support approximately 250,000 businesses with €2 billion in emergency aid. This includes regional as well as national funds.

Use of measure

No data at the moment available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers SMEs
One person or microenterprises
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Employers' organisations
Local / regional government
Regional 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:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Regional or local level

Involvement

Social partner, such as the local chambers of commerce, are involved in the scheme by providing consultation and support to SMEs and the self-employed in applying for these grants.

Views and reactions

Social partner, such as the local chambers of commerce, are involved in the scheme by providing consultation and support to SMEs and the self-employed in applying for these grants.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Baden-Württemberg: Emergency aid for businesses with up to 50 employees, case DE-2020-13/736 (measures in Germany), 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.