Factsheet for case NL-2020-21/980 – Updated – measures in Netherlands
|Country||Netherlands , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 20 May 2020 – 31 December 2024|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
|Author||Amber van der Graaf (Panteia) and Eurofound|
|Case created||13 July 2020 (updated 27 May 2021)|
The Dutch government presented a package of emergency measures to support businesses and workers during the corona crisis. The cultural and creative sector appears especially badly hit by the crisis and this has led to extra measures being taken. On 27 March, the Minister for Education, Culture, and Science sent a letter to Parliament explaining the need for and content of the planned measures.
Following this first letter on plans to initiate a package of measures, a few weeks later, the announcement was made (after lobbying form the cultural and creative sector), that more support was needed. The Minister for Education, Culture and science announced on April 15th that more financing would be provided to the sector, in the amount of €300 million.
Several plans were later published in May 2020 which indicated what the extra financial injection would be used for. This measure is one of the cultural and creative measures.
The measure targets privately owned, publicly accessible national monuments and heritage sites. This includes churches, windmills, castles, outdoor areas, industrial heritage sites, museum institutes, and city renovation and restoration sites. The measure constitutes a loan for owners of these types of heritage and monument sites and aims to provide those private owners of heritage sites with income they have missed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The loan, granted by the National Restoration Fund (NRF), runs 15 years at 1% interest, varies from €10,000 to €2 million, and has the option for delayed payments. The loan is open until the end of 2020.
No information available.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
|Does not apply to citizens|
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Social partners jointly
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Since the outbreak of the Corona crisis, the government has had regular and close consultation with the social partners. Together the national level social partners and the government arrived at the first and second packages of emergency measures, announced 17 March and 20 May respectively. The cultural and creative sectors indicated that their sectors required extra support as it was especially hard hit by the crisis from an early stage.
The social partners appear satsified with the concentrated, extra aid and support for the cultural and creative sectors.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R91 Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities|
|R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Open monument loan, case NL-2020-21/980 (measures in Netherlands), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.