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Factsheet for measure HU-2023-1/3103 – Updated – measures in Hungary
|Country||Hungary , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 January 2023 – 31 July 2023|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Nóra Krokovay (KOPINT-Tárki) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||20 February 2023 (updated 19 June 2023)|
Under government resolution 1539/2022 published in November 2022 under the Modern Villages Programme, as of 12 January 2023 village shops can apply for support for their operating costs.
According to the government, the measure was issued in response to the impact of price caps, in place since early 2022. Often small village shops sell the items under the price cap scheme in larger proportions which means they are more in need of compensation than city shops.
The 2023 budget allocated HUF 8 billion for the support scheme. The amount of aid available is between HUF 1 million and HUF 3 million per shop. This money is provided in a one-off, lump-sum that is 100% pre-financed, non-repayable and non-reimbursable. Operating costs, such as the wages of the shop's employees, employer's contributions, rent and overhead costs are eligible to be covered. The application must be submitted electronically. In his statement, Alpár Gyopáros said all shop owners who sell daily consumer goods and basic foodstuffs in settlements with less than 2,000 inhabitants can apply for operating subsidies.
it is not yet known how many shops took advantage of the subsidy scheme.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
|Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
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:
Zoltán Szőke, head of employers’ organisation ÁFEOSZ, initiated the subsidy and the proposal went through.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|G - Wholesale And Retail Trade; Repair Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles||G47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2023), Subsidy for small village shops, measure HU-2023-1/3103 (measures in Hungary), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/HU-2023-1_3103.html
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