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Factsheet for measure ES-2020-14/645 – measures in Spain

Refund of expenses and granting of aid for cancellation of international trade promotion activities and other international events

Devolución de gastos y concesión de ayudas por cancelación de actividades de promoción del comercio internacional y otros eventos internacionales

Country Spain , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 31 March 2020 – 21 June 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Carlos Molina (UAB)
Measure added 15 April 2020 (updated 22 July 2020)

Background information

Many companies have suffered cancellations of numerous events planned to support their internationalization with the support of ICEX. In many cases, expenses have been already made in events organized by ICEX that have been canceled for reasons of force majeure. Likewise, in the event of cancellation of international events, ICEX will grant companies additional aid based on non-recoverable expenses incurred.

Additionally, ICEX may grant aid to those companies that had planned to participate in international events that have been promoted or organized by other collaborating entities of ICEX itself (these entities may also be beneficiaries). These grants will be in line with the expenses borne and unrecoverable in the present or future edition of an international event canceled as a result of the pandemic.

Content of measure

ICEX Spain Export and Investments is empowered to return to companies that have incurred unrecoverable expenses in this or future editions of the fees paid for participation in fairs, or other activities to promote international trade, which have been summoned by the entity, when these are canceled, seriously affected or postponed by the organizer as a result of COVID 19. In the event of postponement, the company must justify its inability to attend the new edition.

It is empowered to grant and pay aid to companies that will participate in international events organized through ICEX collaborating entities and to the collaborating entities themselves, depending on the costs incurred that are not recoverable in this or future editions, when activities are canceled as a consequence of COVID 19

Use of measure

No data available

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all 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 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:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


Social partners were not involved in the design, implementation or monitoring of this measure.

Views and reactions

No reactions of social partners have been reported in relation to this measure.



Eurofound (2020), Refund of expenses and granting of aid for cancellation of international trade promotion activities and other international events, measure ES-2020-14/645 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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