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Factsheet for measure DK-2021-50/2129 – measures in Denmark

Pool for discarded perishable items

Pulje for kasserede letfordærvelige varer

Country Denmark , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 10 December 2021 – 19 January 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Carsten Jørgensen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen), Anders Randrup (Oxford Research)
Measure added 10 January 2022 (updated 14 March 2022)

Background information

Due to new restriction implemented on 10 December 2021, many companies and other social gatherings was cancelled or postponed. Therefore, a pool was created to cover discarded items for companies that are suppliers for cancelled Christmas parties, private parties and social events for more than 50 participants, which should have been held in December outside private homes, e.g. in restaurants, banquet rooms etc.

Content of measure

The pool for discarded goods includes companies registered in CVR by 7 December 2021, this entails the suppliers for cancelled Christmas parties, private parties and social events, etc. The social events have to include more than 50 participants. Another criteria to meet in order to get the compensation was that the social events were due to be held on 17, 18 and/or 19 December 2021 outside private homes, for example in restaurants, banquet rooms and the like. The measure was only supposed to be relevant for cancelled events on the weekend of the 10-12 December but was expanded to include the weekend of the 17-19 December as well.

Each company can receive a maximum compensation amount of DKK 40,000 for discarded items.

Use of measure

There is not yet an overview of how many companies used this measure in the given time period.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Other businesses
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


The measure was created by the government and it does not state anywhere that the social partners had a role in it.

Views and reactions

There are no reactions or views stated.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I56 Food and beverage service activities

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2022), Pool for discarded perishable items, measure DK-2021-50/2129 (measures in Denmark), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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