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Factsheet for measure NL-2020-23/1039 Updated – measures in Netherlands

Extra subsidies to multi-annually subsidised production institutions

Aanvullende subsidie aan meerjarig gesubsidieerde producerende instellingen

Country Netherlands , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 June 2020 – 31 December 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Amber van der Graaf (Panteia)
Measure added 17 August 2020 (updated 15 June 2022)

Background information

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 April extra budget (€300 million) has been made available by the government to raise subsidies to the institutions crucial to the sector at national and regional level.

Content of measure

The target group of the measure are the approximately 70 institutions involved in the “basic cultural infrastructure” in the Netherlands, approximately 178 institutions, and the Film Fund for film producers. A total of €153 million have been assigned to these extra subsidies, 113 coming from the Ministry for Education, Culture and Science and the other 40 million from National cultural funds.

This instrument is one of several through which the €300 million will be spent on the cultural and creative sector. The goal of these extra subsidies is to maintain continuity, to invest in the next cultural and creative season, and to stimulate employment.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

26 November 2021

This was part of the second general package of measures ending on 1 October 2021.

26 November 2021

Due to the new measures introduced on 26 November 2021, this measure was re-opened until the end of the year to support the cultural sector. These funds are a continuation of the earlier specific support.

18 May 2021

Case is linked to case 979, Extra subsidies to institutions in the cultural infrastructure .

Use of measure

No information yet.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Social partners jointly
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
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:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level


As with the extra package of support measures for the cultural sector, the sector had lobbied for more support from the government, showing that their sector is being especially badly hit. Based on consultation and discussion with organisations form the sector and cultural funds, the government decided to add extra financial support to the existing emergency measures for the cultural and creative sectors.

Views and reactions

Given that the social partners lobbied for extra financing for these sectors specifically, it is reasonable to assume that social partners are satisfied with the outcomes. The government has indicated that interaction with social partners has generally been good during the COVID-19 crisis, though more details than this are difficult to identify.

Sectors and occupations

    • 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

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2020), Extra subsidies to multi-annually subsidised production institutions, measure NL-2020-23/1039 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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