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Factsheet for measure NL-2020-12/748 – Updated – measures in Netherlands
|Country||Netherlands , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 17 March 2020 – 30 June 2022|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
|Author||Amber van der Graaf (Panteia)|
|Measure added||21 April 2020 (updated 01 September 2022)|
The case was initiated by the Dutch government, specifically by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. This measure is part of the package of emergency solutions to deal with COVID-19 that have been taken to combat the outbreak and its effects.
This measure is more a permanent feature that is being temporally expanded in consequence of the emergency condition of the economy after the implementation of the social distancing measures taken by the government.
Enterprises (large and SMEs) need to offer guarantees when applying for bank loans and bank guarantees. The Netherlands has a measure in place for this issues, called the Guarantee for Enterprise Financing (Garantie Ondernemersfinanciering, or GO), where the government acts as a guarantor for up to 50% of an enterprise’s loan.
To help enterprise continuity, the national government has raised the ceiling of the GO from €400 million to €1.5 billion in March 2020. The COVID-19 related raise was called GO-C.
The maximum guarantee per enterprise is €150 million.
As of April 2020, the credit guarantee has been increased from 50% to 75%. This enables banks to extend credit more easily and quickly, and enterprises to lend more money faster. The GO ceiling has been raised to €10 billion.
As of May 2021, the Central Statistics Office (CBS) reported that a total of 80 companies had made use of the GO-C measure so far, for a total sum of €616 million.
|Does not apply to workers||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
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:
The main, national, level social partners have been involved in the development of the emergency response measures. The national government indicates it has been meeting on a regular, weekly basis, with social partners to consult on measures.
Though not discussed in great detail, the social partners (national level trade unions and employer organisations), have come together to discuss with the government how best to tackle the effects of the corona virus on workers and employers so as to keep the Dutch economy going. In the Netherlands relevant, national sectoral social partners are often involved in national policy making in a consultational capacity so that partners may reflect on regulatory plans and their intended impacts. This happens in a direct consultation fashion or through tripartite meetings (facilitated by the National Labour Foundation). The social partners were consulted for the whole package of measures introduced by the Dutch cabinet on March 17th 2020.
Eurofound (2020), Expanding business loan guarantee scheme, measure NL-2020-12/748 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NL-2020-12_748.html
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