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Factsheet for measure DK-2021-13/1814 – Updated – measures in Denmark
|Country||Denmark , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 23 March 2021 – 31 December 2022|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
|Author||Maria Hansen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen)|
|Measure added||07 April 2021 (updated 20 January 2022)|
On a press meeting on 4 November 2020 the Danish Government decided that all minks in Denmark (around 15 million) should be put down due to a continuously rapid spread of COVID-19 mutation in mink populations. The mutation spread to the human population and showed reduced sensitivity to antibodies. The decision rendered many in the mink industry unemployed.
The Danish Parliament agreed, after urgent treatment, on a bill of DKK 50 million for the upskilling of former employees in the mink industry and follow-up industries. The measure is a result of the Agreement on compensation etc. for mink farmers and follow-up industries affected by COVID-19, which was concluded between the Government and parties at the end of January
The bill entitles unemployed former employees in the mink industry and follow-up industries to all types of training immediately, whether public or private providers in Denmark, and there is no maximum price for the chosen skill programme.
In order to receive grants for upskilling, the following criteria have to be met:
It was passed on 16 March 2021 and will enter in to force from 23 March 2021 and for the remainder of the year.
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|06 September 2021||
The conversion pool for dismissed employees from the mink industry has been extended until the end of 2022. There are no changes in the rules of the scheme. The agreement continues to give the right to all types of education, regardless of whether it is public or private providers in Denmark, and there is no price cap for the education.
No numbers are recorded yet, as it is a new measure. Numbers from the Danish Statistical Bureau put around 3,000 employees in the business in 2019, and these are potential users of the measure.
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
This case is sector-specific
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing||A1 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), DKK 50 million for the upskilling of unemployed from the mink industry, measure DK-2021-13/1814 (measures in Denmark), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/DK-2021-13_1814.html
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