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Factsheet for measure ES-2020-45/1430 – measures in Spain

Urgent measures to support state-level voluntary sector social entities

Medidas urgentes de apoyo a entidades del tercer sector de acción social de ámbito estata

Country Spain , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 03 November 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
Author Carlos Molina (UAB)
Measure added 13 November 2020 (updated 22 January 2021)

Background information

The Council of Ministers has approved the Royal Decree-Law by which urgent measures are adopted to support entities of the Third Sector of Social Action at the state level.

Through this Royal Decree-law a set of extraordinary aid is established in favor of the main entities of the Third Sector of Social Action at the state level that develop their work in favor of various groups especially affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic, such as are, among others, the elderly, childhood and adolescence, the Roma people, various groups at risk of social exclusion, people with disabilities, victims of gender violence and trafficking, migrants, women, LGTBI people, drug addicts, people affected by HIV-AIDS, and so on.

Content of measure

The set of these aids amounts to €26,404,089.44 from 0.7 percent of Corporation Tax, with 2020 being the first year that this resource is used, exceptionally, to reinforce the performance of the main entities of the Third Sector of Social Action at the state level in the face of the serious crisis caused by COVID-19.

These funds are intended to address the performance and operating expenses of the 297 beneficiary entities so that they can continue to contribute to mitigating the economic and social impact that the pandemic situation has had on society as a whole and, especially, on the most vulnerable sectors of the population

Use of measure

No information available

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Companies providing essential services
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 No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement of social partners was reported.

Views and reactions

No information available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q87 Residential care activities
      Q88 Social work activities without accommodation

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 04 November 2020: Royal Decree-Law 33/2020, of November 3, which adopts urgent measures to support entities of the Third Sector at the state level (


Eurofound (2020), Urgent measures to support state-level voluntary sector social entities, measure ES-2020-45/1430 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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