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Factsheet for measure DK-2021-23/1943 – measures in Denmark
|Country||Denmark , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 04 June 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
|Author||Carsten Jørgensen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen), Anders Randrup (Oxford Research)|
|Measure added||09 July 2021 (updated 19 July 2021)|
In summer 2021 the reopening of society has begun and the infection rate decreases and vaccines are distributed. There is potential for a relatively rapid economic recovery, partly on the basis of a large number of measures already taken, and the government's expert group now recommends that efforts be made to phase out the aid packages. However, a number of professions – tourism, travel and aviation – are still in a very vulnerable position due to the major consequences of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic. The government, together with a political majority, has therefore launched a large summer business package aiding hard-hit sectors while also creating improved holiday experiences for guests and travelers.
On 4 June 2021 the government, together with a political majority launched a large summer business package aiding hard-hit sectors while also creating improved holiday experiences for guests and travelers. The package has been allocated DKK 1.6 billion (€215 million). The agreement is a voting agreement. The parties to the agreement undertake to vote in favour of the acts, notices, etc. which implement the agreement. The Approval of State aid by the European Commission shall be subject to approval by the Commission for the initiatives where necessary.
The agreement and measures are divided into six main areas, which are:
DKK 295 million (€40 million) for boosting the tourism industry:
DKK 110 million (€15 million) to cheaper domestic travel during the summer period:
DKK 330 million (€44 million) to efforts targeted at cultural, sports and association activities:
DKK 165 million (€22 million) for 7 initiatives for vulnerable people, people with disabilities, children, adolescents and the elderly DKK 400 million (€54 million) for particularly vulnerable sectors:
DKK 305 million (€41 million) for 19 export initiatives during years 2021-2023 to support Danish exports, which in a number of areas must recapture markets that have been affected by the corona crisis. The chairmen of the government's restart teams have again taken stock of the situation of the export industries and, on this basis, have made recommendations to the government on which efforts should be prioritised in the current year and the next two years. The initiatives focus on enhanced marketing, enhanced digital innovation in business and green market opportunities.
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Sector specific set of companies
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:
No direct involvement.
Head of Tourism and Experience Economy in Dansk Erhverv (The Danish Chamber of Commerce), Lars Ramme Nielses, states that they have requested initiatives to attract more tourists to Denmark and the capital, and are happy for the measures taken. The economic package for the business community that are still hardly affected by consequences of the pandemic, is a great help to the businesses, but the initiatives are not as major as they would have hoped. The export package is highly appreciated, mentioned are great opportunities for exporting green solutions as well as the agreement's focus on SMEs' opportunities to strengthen their exports and e-commerce, which is stated as good news for Danish business.
Eurofound (2021), Summer business package to boost economy and holiday activities, measure DK-2021-23/1943 (measures in Denmark), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/DK-2021-23_1943.html
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