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Factsheet for measure DK-2020-12/1792 – Updated – measures in Denmark
|Country||Denmark , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 20 March 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Maria Hansen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen)|
|Measure added||17 March 2021 (updated 20 January 2022)|
On 17 March 2020 the Danish government extended a law on containment measures regarding infectious diseases, including prohibiting assemblies and large gatherings (LOV nr 208 af 17/03/2020). This resulted in a prohibition of assemblies over 500 people as a containment measure of COVID-19. As a result of the measure many large arrangements and events were cancelled at the expense of the organising body; for example concerts, festivals and sporting events. In order to support some of the arrangers, the government and the parties in parliament agreed on a compensation scheme for cancelled larger arrangements on 20 March 2020.
BEK nr 456 af 20/04/2020 Bekendtgørelse om forbud mod store forsamlinger i forbindelse med håndteringen af COVID-19.
The compensation scheme applies to the economic loss of organising bodies as an effect from cancellation, postponement or substantial changes from one or several arrangements due to COVID-19. In order for the applicant to receive compensation, the arrangement has to meet the following requirements:
The compensation for cancelled larger arrangements was the first out of four large subsidy schemes that the Danish government has introduced: The intent is to support the businesses, while protecting the jobs of the individuals in order to ensure a faster recovery of the economy on the other side of the pandemic.
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|07 December 2021||
The compensation scheme will be reopened for events with at least 350 standing persons scheduled before 7 December 2021 or permanently recurring and cancelled, postponed or substantially amended.
At the same time, a scheme is established to cover venue cancellations or changes to smaller indoor events (51-349 standing guests).
|09 February 2021||
It is stated in an agreement that if the current tightened restrictions (at the time of agreement) continue in to March and April the compensation schemes - this one included - are to be extended subsequently.
|16 December 2020||
The compensation scheme is extended to cover the period of cancellation until 28 February 2021.
|27 October 2020||
The compensation scheme is extended to cover the period of cancellation until 31 January 2021.
|28 August 2020||
The government decided that if the restriction concerning larger gatherings is still present on 31 October 2020, the scheme is to be expanded to cover the period, however no later than 31 December 2020.
|18 April 2020||
The compensation scheme is extended to cover the period to 31 August and the minimum number of participants is decreased to 350 (with planned simultaneous attendance). Further, the extension now also covers arrangements taking place everyday in a set period of maximum 28 days, otherwise it only covers arrangements that maximum occur every other day.
|01 April 2020||
The government decided to expand the compensation scheme to cover the period of cancellation until 9 June 2020.
The Danish Business Authority (Erhvervsstyrelsen) has a webpage that regularly updates information regarding number and payments of the different compensation schemes. As of 20th of September 2021, the numbers from the compensation scheme for cancelling larger events are:
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The social partners were not involved as the initial legislation (in this case prohibition of gatherings) is based on measures of containment, which is outside the domain of social partners.
The social partners have not expressed any views in particular about this measure.
This case is sector-specific
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities|
|R91 Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities|
|R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Compensation scheme for cancelled larger arrangements and events, measure DK-2020-12/1792 (measures in Denmark), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/DK-2020-12_1792.html
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