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Factsheet for measure FR-2020-14/536 – Updated – measures in France
|Country||France , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 31 March 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||13 April 2020 (updated 20 January 2022)|
The State and the Regions have set up a solidarity fund to help small businesses most affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Inter-municipalities and large companies will also be able to contribute to the financing of the fund. For instance, insurance companies have already announced a contribution of €200 million. This aid of up to €1,500 will be available to very small companies, the self-employed, micro-entrepreneurs and the liberal professions which have no more than 10 employees, a turnover of less than €1 million and an annual taxable profit of less than €60,000.
According to this measure:
To be eligible for support, applicants must:
It is sufficient to meet one of the two conditions to obtain this aid of €1,500 euros.
For the most difficult situations (inability to pay claims due within 30 days and refusal of a cash loan), additional support of €2,000 may be granted to companies that have at least one employee to avoid bankruptcy. Allocation decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
The ministry of Economy has published a dashboard which presents the amounts allocated under the solidarity fund projected at departmental and regional level with a breakdown by sector of activity, legal structure and staff size. Over €21,370 million have been spent on 8 April 2021.
The solidarity fund, which ends on 1 October except in the overseas territories, has compensated around 2 million businesses for a total of more than €37.2 billion, according to the Ministry of the Economy's scoreboard. In detail, businesses in the accommodation and catering sector were the first to benefit, with more than €12.8 billion paid out. This was followed by the trade sector (€5 billion), specialised scientific and technical activities (€3.2 billion), arts, entertainment and recreational activities (€2.9 billion) and the transport and storage sector (€2.8 billion). By company size, the self-employed and companies with fewer than ten employees received more than half of the funds paid out (over €18 billion). These amounts are not yet fully finalised as they do not include aid attributable to September, which companies will start receiving in October.
On 31 December 2021, the funds has given 10,834,301 supports for 2,037,912 companies for a total amount of €38.8 billion, according to the last data available .
|Does not apply to citizens|
Local / regional government
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No information available.
No formal consultation, but according to the target such tools are discussed between the government and the employers' organisation representing SMEs.
Eurofound (2020), Solidarity fund for very small companies, the self-employed and micro-entrepreneurs, measure FR-2020-14/536 (measures in France), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/FR-2020-14_536.html
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