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Factsheet for measure NL-2020-40/1258 – Updated – measures in Netherlands
|Country||Netherlands , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 October 2020 – 30 June 2022|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
|Author||Amber van der Graaf (Panteia)|
|Measure added||07 October 2020 (updated 12 September 2022)|
As part of the third emergency package, made public on 1 October 2020, a series of actions have been outlined by the government. Culture and recreation are deemed important for society and as a result of the crisis these sectors are amongst the worst hit in the Netherlands; these sectors have declined by 37.4% during the second quarter of 2020. As a result, the Dutch government has decided to dedicate extra funding and support to these sectors.
This support is additional to the existing support measures (also described in this database), such as:
This package is also additional to the first package of measures for the cultural sector of €300 million, and the funding for local governments and their cultural sectors (€60 million). The government now allocates a further €264 million to extend this first package of cultural measures to the first half of 2021. On top of this, the government allocates a further €150 million for local cultural infrastructure and another €68 million for municipalities and provinces.
The content of this measure is centred on funding different areas and aspects of the cultural, recreational, and related sectors.
They key areas to be funded with the overall amount include:
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|23 March 2022||
This measure was extended until 30 June 2022.
Based on the preliminary results, published by OCW on 7 June, the overarching goals of the measures have been achieved: to keep cultural organizations afloat through support and succeed despite the loss of income. Institutions have reserved part of the support measures for expenditure in 2021 and can implement fewer measures as a result of the additional measures, resulting in lower costs.
Long-term subsidised institutions by the national culture funds. In total, the cultural funds provided extra support to 220 festivals, companies and presentation institutions, institutions for talent development education and design.
|Applies to all workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Local / regional government
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 start of the COVID-19 crisis, Dutch national partners have been closely involved in developing and implementing emergency measures to support enterprises, workers, and specific sectors. The government and peak level social partners have come together on a weekly or bi-weekly basis (when the first most immediate measures had been developed) using the existing discussion and meeting structures, as well as through extra meetings and informal contact. Peak level partners such as the cross-sectoral trade unions (FNV and CNV) and the main employer organisation (VNO-NCW), have all been closely involved in the process. This has also been the case for the third emergency package, through which these measures have been developed.
The social partners are generally pleased and satisfied with the new emergency package and its contents. Beyond this, social partners have expressed admiration for the government and its approach to addressing the crisis since March 2020, as well as pride in what they have been able to achieve together so far. The deep involvement of social partners and feeling that they have been listened to throughout the last months, in addition to what has been achieved have made ties closer between the organisations (something which social partners hope to hold on to as it has proven very constructive in national level decision making).
This case is sector-specific
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|J - Information And Communication||J59 Motion picture, video and television programme production, sound recording and music publishing activities|
|J60 Programming and broadcasting activities|
|J63 Information service activities|
|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), Package of measures for culture and recreation, measure NL-2020-40/1258 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NL-2020-40_1258.html
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