Factsheet for case PT-2021-13/1878 – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 25 March 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to get back to normal
– Measures to support a gradual relaunch of work
|Author||Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS) and Eurofound|
|Case created||19 April 2021 (updated 10 May 2021)|
The Resolution of the Council of Ministers n.º 33-A/2021, of 24 March 2021, establishes support measures within the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This legal diploma expands the measures initially defined by the Liquidity Incentives System was created, called APOIAR Programme, created by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 101/2020, of 20 November, whose regulations were approved by Ministerial Order no. 271-A/2020, of 24 November.
Several other legal diplomas followed extending the APOIAR Programme, reinforcing the conditions of liquidity support to companies, and launching new direct support in the form of subsidies, in view of the new restrictions motivated by the worsening of the epidemiological situation, which determined the suspension or closure of certain types of activities, facilities and establishments, under the state of emergency.
Given the current scenario and what is foreseen for the near future, namely regarding progressive deconfinement, the Government decided to reassess the concrete needs of the sectors and adjust responses to ensure that the measures in force are the most appropriate and proportional to the respective resolution.
Determine, regarding the cash assistance in the form of non-refundable subsidy approved by APOIAR Programme:
the extension to economic activities directly affected by the suspension and closure of facilities and establishments determined by the decree regulating the state of emergency, namely bakery, pastry and pyrotechnic articles manufacturing; and
the increase of the support ceilings in the case of companies with turnover drops higher than 50%, with retroactive effect.
Determine the extension of the treasury support in the form of non-refundable subsidies approved by Apoiar Rendas and Apoiar + Simples, to sole proprietors without organised accounting, even if they have no employees.
There is no available information on the use of the measure.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
Companies providing essential services
|Does not apply to citizens|
Public support service providers
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:
The social partners were informed at the Standing Committee for for Social Concertation.
The social partners views are not known.
Eurofound (2021), Support measures within the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic, case PT-2021-13/1878 (measures in Portugal), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.