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Factsheet for case EE-2020-17/362 Updated – measures in Estonia

Support package for culture field

Kultuurisektori abipakett

Country Estonia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 19 April 2020 – 31 December 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
Author Ingel Kadarik (Praxis Center for Policy Studies) and Eurofound
Case created 07 April 2020 (updated 06 January 2021)

Background information

Due to restrictions on public gatherings, most of the events in culture sector were cancelled. The companies and event organisers therefore have lost millions of euros of income. To relieve the damage, the Ministry of Culture plans to partly compensate the costs already incurred by the event organisers. For this, supplementary finances were allocated from the state budget. The respective legislation regarding the supplementary state budget was approved by the Parliament on 15 April 2020.

Content of measure

A total of €19.8 million is available to be allocated to sport and culture field companies. The aim of the support package is to partially compensate the costs already incurred to companies in cultural sector. The total amount is divided as follows:

  • The highest share would go to museums in the amount of €6 million.
  • Theaters (private as well as public sector) are expected to receive €4 million.
  • Music field (regarding festivals and cancelled concerts etc) receives €4 million.
  • For cancelled sports events €2.6 million is foreseen.
  • Visual arts and movies should expect to receive €600,000 and literature and publishing €500,000.


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

05 January 2021

On 17 December, the Government introduced additional budget for COVID-19 measures. Culture and sport field will receive additional €1.4 million, of which €560,000 will be allocated to culture and hobby activities, and €811,000 to sport field; on 30 December additional €153,000 was added. On 30 December, additional funds to Harjumaa and Ida-Virumaa, two regions that have most suffered due to the second wave, were decided to be allocated in the amount of €3.7 million. Specific conditions will be similar to the previous rounds, but exact conditions will be published in January 2021.

06 October 2020

In September 2020, two new fields were added among those who will receive state support, because €2.5 million was left from the previous allocation round. €350,000 is allocated to folk culture field, including hobby theaters, handicraft collectives, community culture centres, etc. €2 million will be allocated to film and music field. The target group is wider than in the first round and no ceiling is set to the support per company/collective

03 July 2020

The applications were accepted between 8 and 18 May 2020. Each field had its own specific conditions for the compensation and eligibility criteria.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
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 Consulted
Form Not applicable Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


On the basis of state level good practice, relevant social partners are consulted when legislation is changed, i.e. they are informed about the changes and have the opportunity to give feedback in a written form.

Views and reactions

According to the feedback of the Estonian Association of SMEs, the foreseen budget allocation is not sufficient and more finances should be used to support the companies.

Sectors and occupations

    • 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.


  • 02 April 2020: Culture and sport field package (Lisaeelarve: kultuuri- ja spordivaldkonna kriisipaketi suurus on ühtekokku 25 miljonit eurot) (
  • 05 May 2020: Culture support package (kultuurivaldkonna toetuspakett) (
  • 14 September 2020: Additional support for music and films (Avanesid lisavoorud muusika- ja filmivaldkonnale) (
  • 17 September 2020: New support round for folk culture (Lähiajal avanevad kriisiabi lisavoorud rahvakultuurivaldkonnale) (
  • 17 December 2020: Additional support 17 December (Uued kriisitoetused hõlmavad ka kultuuri, sporti ja täiskasvanute huvitegevust) (
  • 30 December 2020: Second wave comepnsation measures (Valitsus kinnitas COVID-19 teise laine kahjude toetusmeetmed) (


Eurofound (2020), Support package for culture field, case EE-2020-17/362 (measures in Estonia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.