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Factsheet for measure NL-2021-1/2090 – measures in Netherlands
|Country||Netherlands , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 January 2021 – 15 November 2021|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Thomas de Winter (Panteia) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||02 December 2021 (updated 08 June 2022)|
This measure complements the Subsidy for fixed costs for SMEs implemented by the government during the COVID-19 issue. It intends to give additional assistance to agricultural and horticultural enterprises for them to pay for fixed expenditures.
This additional step was established by the government to give further assistance to enterprises in this sector affected by the COVID-19 regulations. This is important because agricultural holdings have a lower limit under the European temporary state assistance framework 3.1 than non-agricultural holdings. The government finds this undesirable and has so decided to develop a plan under a new component of the temporary state aid framework (3.12) that allows for considerable support to medium-sized agriculture companies as well as horticulture companies.
In order to be eligible for this measure, the business must be operating in the Netherlands. Additionally, the business owners must be able to apply for maximum TVL (€225,000) or if they have already received confirmation that they will receive the maximum TVL.
The requirements and conditions for this measure are alike to the TVL measure. The company must be registered in the Trade Registry of the Chamber of Commerce before February 29, 2020. If after this date, the company is only entitled to the second and third quarter of 2021. Furthermore, the business has had at least 30% less turnover in the quarters that the Non-covered Fixed Costs in agriculture and horticulture is being applied as compared to the same quarter in 2019. In the case that the company was dealing with financial difficulties before December 31, 2019, then they would not be eligible for this scheme. Companies with accepted applications will be paid 70% of uncovered fixed expenses in the third quarter of this initiative, which is presently in its third quarter.
A subsidy of €550,000 for a SME and €600,000 for a company with more than 250 workers is the maximum per quarter.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing||A1 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities|
|A2 Forestry and logging|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Subsidy for fixed costs in agricultural and horticultural companies, measure NL-2021-1/2090 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NL-2021-1_2090.html
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