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Factsheet for measure LT-2021-33/2035 – measures in Lithuania
|Country||Lithuania , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 11 August 2021 – 15 October 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Rasa Mieziene, Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences)|
|Measure added||11 October 2021 (updated 19 October 2021)|
A new procedure for the allocation and administration of the measure "Subsidies for the self-employed affected by COVID-19" was approved by Resolution No 666 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania of 11 August 2021, providing for the possibility for self-employed persons affected by COVID-19 restrictions to apply for partial reimbursement of the rent of premises and the costs of running the premises. The measure aims at reducing financial burdens on self-employed persons affected by COVID-19 and thus helping them to preserve their businesses.
In accordance with the Procedure document, persons working on the basis of individual activity certificate or business certificate(s) are eligible for the compensation if they meet all of the conditions below:
The maximum amount of compensation that can be granted is 70% of the fixed costs relating to the renting of and running the premises up to a maximum of €20,000.
Eligible costs include those related to the renting of and running the premises, such as rent payments, water, heat, electricity supply charges, elevator costs, costs of cleaning and storage of premises, handling of building and environment, costs of building renovations and repairs of equipment, etc.
Compensation shall be granted for fixed costs incurred between 1 November 2020 and 30 April 2021. Applications shall be submitted by 15 October 2021.
According to the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation (MEI), the total funds to be allocated from the State budget for compensations will amount to around €14 million.
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Public support service providers
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners were involved only through informal consultations.
No information available on the views of social partners. However, according to the MEI, comments of entrepreneurs have been taken into account when adjusting the procedure document of the measure in order to make assistance to the self-employed as targeted as possible.
Eurofound (2021), Rental subsidies for self-employed, measure LT-2021-33/2035 (measures in Lithuania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LT-2021-33_2035.html
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