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Factsheet for measure ES-2022-36/2798 – Updated – measures in Spain
|Country||Spain , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 September 2022 – 31 December 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to childcare and education
|Author||Jessica Durán (IKEI) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||05 September 2022 (updated 06 July 2023)|
The COVID-19 health crisis, the extraordinary and unexpected rise in the prices of certain raw materials and intermediate goods, the high volatility of electricity prices, and the difficulties in the supply of certain essential products and materials resulting from the war in Ukraine have had significant impacts on the social and economic conditions of Europe.
More specifically, the Spanish economy has been heavily impacted. The situation requires the urgent adoption of exceptional measures to ensure sustainability in different economic and social areas.
Royal Decree-Law 14/2022 includes the distribution of a supplementary grant of €100 per month for all beneficiaries of scholarships and grants in the 2022-2023 round of awards. With the approval of the measure, beneficiaries will start receiving this monthly supplement in September and will do so until December. They will receive €400 in total. The government will allocate €400 million to finance this measure. Beneficiaries will receive the supplementary amount in four monthly payments.
The aim works to prevent young people from abandoning their studies for financial reasons. The grants is aimed at young students of Bachillerato, Vocational Training and university students with specific educational support needs.
Beneficiaries of the grants, aid and subsidies do not need to carry out any additional procedure to get supplementary aid. They only have to carry out the ordinary procedure to get the corresponding grant, and the supplementary amount will be approved automatically.
It is estimated that there will be one million beneficiaries in the next academic year. In fact, the most recent call for applications broke record, with more than 1.36 million applications, 136,000 more than the previous one.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Trade unions and employers' representatives have not been involved in the adoption of Royal Decree-Law 14/2022. This is a regulation approved by the Spanish government. Trade unions want to reactivate the social dialogue, and want to participate in the design of measures for economic sustainability and support for the most vulnerable social groups.
Eurofound (2022), Supplementary education grant for beneficiaries of scholarships, measure ES-2022-36/2798 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/ES-2022-36_2798.html
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