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Factsheet for measure NL-2020-21/983 – Updated – measures in Netherlands
|Country||Netherlands , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 20 May 2020 – 31 December 2021|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Amber van der Graaf (Panteia)|
|Measure added||13 July 2020 (updated 15 June 2022)|
The Dutch government presented a package of emergency measures to support businesses and workers during the COVID-19 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 15 April 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.
The existing Dutch culture funds have decided to intensify their efforts to support cultural and creative creators and producers. The six main cultural funds have collectively set aside a further €15 million in support for this purpose. These funds are:
The target groups for this extra support include: artists, musicians, composers, writers, journalists, photographers, directors, music producers, and other professionals in the creative sectors who fall outside of the subsidised portions of the sectors. These tend to be freelancers or self-employed individuals.
No information available yet.
|Applies to all workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
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 COVID-19 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. Social partners for the cultural and creative sectors have lobbied for extra support from the government for their sectors, with success.
The cultural and creative social partner organisations appear satisfied with the specific measures designed for their sectors.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities|
|R91 Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities|
|R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Legal, social, cultural and related associate professionals|
|Handicraft and printing workers|
|Information and communications technology professionals|
|Legal, social and cultural professionals|
Eurofound (2020), Support to creative industries and the cultural sector, measure NL-2020-21/983 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NL-2020-21_983.html
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