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Factsheet for measure PT-2021-42/2071 – Updated – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 15 October 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS)|
|Measure added||20 October 2021 (updated 10 July 2023)|
Under the "Plan to reactivate tourism and build the future" established by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of 76/2021 of 20 May, Legislative Order 24/2021 establishes a mechanism to support the recovery of business activity called the Adapt Tourism Programme (Programa Adaptar Turismo). This measure adapts the tourism industry SMEs (micro, small and medium sized companies) and supports their efforts to adapt and invest. The measure supports new methods of work organisation and relationships with customers and suppliers in the post-COVID-19 context.
The measure provides financial support to micro, small and medium sized companies in the tourism industry.
The eligibility criteria to receive funds for investment projects are as follows:
Non-refundable support covers 75% of eligible expenses, up to €15,000. For companies that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they can have 85% of the eligible expenses covered, up to €20,000.
Eligible expenses include:
According to the legislative order 24/2021 of 15 February, the support measure is financed by Turismo de Portugal, I.P., using the its own annual revenue. It has a budget of €5 million. The legislative order 27/2021 of 29 October added €5 million to the budget, making it a total of €10 million. This support instrument complies with the state aid scheme, under the Regulation (EU) No. 1407/2013 of 18 December.
According to the press , the Ministry of the Economy 1,061 companies in the tourism sector applied for this funding. These requests amounted to €19.6 million in support, an amount that represents the double of the €10 million allocated.
|Does not apply to workers||
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
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 informed and consulted in the context of tripartite concentration. The Portuguese Tourism Confederation (CTP) is represented in the monitoring committee of the "Plan to reactivate tourism and build the future" to which this new measure is linked.
The social partners expressed generally supportive views.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I56 Food and beverage service activities|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities|
|R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Subsidies for companies in the Adapt Tourism Program, measure PT-2021-42/2071 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PT-2021-42_2071.html
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