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Factsheet for measure FR-2023-1/3101 – measures in France
|Country||France , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||20 February 2023 (updated 06 July 2023)|
The government has introduced targeted measures from the beginning of January 2023 to further support the 33,000 artisan bakers in the face of rising energy prices. These include the gas and electricity bill payment assistance window, the tariff shield, the electricity buffer, and the deferral of tax and social security payments.
The government recalled the various measures put in place to support SMEs and in particular bakers ( electricity shock absorber , help desk for the payment of electricity and gas bills, tariff shield for energy prices while adding specific provisions. These include deferring the payment of taxes and social security contributions throughout 2023 to ease the cash flow of bakeries and staggering the payment of energy bills. In addition, all energy suppliers have committed to agreeing to terminate contracts free of charge on a case-by-case basis where bills have risen prohibitively, to give the opportunity to renegotiate.
These measures applies to about 33,000 bakers.
|Does not apply to workers||
|Does not apply to citizens|
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:
The employers' organisation representing bakers have been consulted to help the government to design these measures.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C10 Manufacture of food products|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2023), Aid to bakers in difficulty, measure FR-2023-1/3101 (measures in France), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/FR-2023-1_3101.html
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