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Factsheet for measure NL-2020-40/985 – Updated – measures in Netherlands
|Country||Netherlands , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 October 2020 – 01 April 2022|
|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 20 June 2022)|
This measure was initiated by a member of parliament and the national government (Specifically Dijkhoff (VVD - centre right party) and Jette (D66 - liberal democrat party)), and employer organisations pointed to the fact that besides staff costs, SMEs are now starting to struggle to meet their fixed costs as well. For this reason this measure was introduced to help SMEs to bridge the crisis by helping them to pay for their fixed costs.
This measure, the TVL has also been extended within the third package of emergency measures. The aim of this measure is unchanged, namely to help support SMEs with their fixed costs now that their incomes are likely to be lower. This new version of the TVL will also enter into force on 1 October 2020 and will run until 21 June 2021.
Through this measure, SMEs can apply for this subsidy to help them cover their fixed cost when they have had a revenue loss of at least 30%. Furthermore, sectors which currently used to fall under the TOGs are eligible for this measure. Enterprises can receive anywhere from €1,000 up to €50,000 for the period of 1 June until 30 September.
In its updated form, the TVL runs for nine months though (as with the NOW 3.0), the support becomes gradually available for only the especially badly hit SMEs. The first three months of the TVL, October to January 2021, require that SMEs have 30% revenue loss to be eligible. In the second three months, (January to March of 2021), SMEs with a 40% revenue loss are eligible, and from March to June 2021, those with 45% revenue loss are eligible. The amount of support offered does not change; 50% of fixed costs of an enterprise (up to a maximum of €90,000), is provided by the government.
Sectors which fall under the TOG include the recreation sectors, the hotel, restaurant, café and bar sectors (HORECA), events, carnivals, theatres and stage performance sectors. SMEs and solo self-employed in these sectors may make use of this measure.
In total the government aims to support 800,000 entrepreneurs in these sectors (some of which have already been helped by the TOG measure). The national government has set aside a budget of €1.4 billion for this measure.
In the second quarter of 2021, far fewer companies used the TVL scheme than in the previous quarter. The number of applications for the TVL in the second quarter was 44% lower than in the first quarter of this year. During the second quarter of this year, a number of COVID-19 measures were relaxed and the number of TVL applications fell for the first time compared to the previous quarter. In the first quarter of 2021, more than 113,000 calls were made to the TVL; in the second quarter this fell to more than 63,000. The average loss of turnover of the companies that applied was also 7% lower than during the first quarter. This was reflected in the hospitality sector (-17%), retail (-10%) and the service category (-16%), which includes hairdressers, beauty salons and saunas. The total subsidy amount requested is almost €2.4 billion, compared to €2.7 billion in the first quarter (Rijksoverheid, 2021).
There are about 42,000 companies that have used the TVL-1 scheme (reference date 31 December 2020). In numbers, the smaller companies (up to 10 employees) in particular made use of this scheme (86% of all users of the TVL-1). Of all companies that could make use of this on the basis of their NACE code, five percent made use of this TVL scheme (Bedrijvenbeleid in beeld, 2021).
On the reference date 31 December 2020, there were about 48,000 companies that were awarded a TVL Q4 2020 by RVO. This is about 2.5% of all companies. As with the TVL-1, the smaller companies in particular (up to 10 employees) made use of this scheme (85% of all users). Companies in the hotel and hospitality industry make the most use of this scheme in absolute and relative terms (Bedrijvenbeleid in beeld, 2021).
Due to the classification by NACE codes, tens of thousands of companies are still excluded from the measure. Their activity does not correspond to the NACE codes, but these entrepreneurs are hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. This is evident from research by a foundation for entrepreneurs. An example: a bowling alley is indexed by the category 'Indoor sports', while the vast majority of its turnover concerns food and drinks. Companies indexed as 'indoor sports' cannot make use of the measure, but restaurants can. In short, you get harrowing situations where one entrepreneur is eligible for the TVL scheme and another is not (Stichting ONL, 2020).
Sector specific set of companies
One person or microenterprises
|Does not apply to citizens|
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:
The social partners were deeply involved in the development of this measure, as they were with the entire third package of national emergency measures. Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, national peak level social partners indicate they have worked together very intensively and collaborated with the government to develop quick policy measures in response to the rapidly changing economic and social situation. Social partners have been meeting with the government on a weekly basis since March 2020.
Given the close and regular involvement of social partners in developing both packages of emergency measures, the social partners and the national government both appear to be satisfied with what has been achieved in terms of policy within a short space of time.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I55 Accommodation|
|I56 Food and beverage service activities|
|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|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Subsidy for fixed costs for SMEs, measure NL-2020-40/985 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NL-2020-40_985.html
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