Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the COVID-19 crisis, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.
Factsheet for measure PT-2022-10/2432 – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 02 March 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Responses to inflation
– Increasing income in general
|Author||Paula Carrilho and Ana Brázia (CESIS)|
|Measure added||01 June 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)|
The situation of armed conflict in Ukraine had an effect on the price of basic foodstuffs and fuel. To mitigate the effects of the extraordinary increase in the prices of essential goods, the Government created an extraordinary support of €60 per month for families with low income or who is covered by social benefits.
A monthly payment of €60 is provided to households that meet certain socio-economic criteria. The list of the beneficiaries is drawn up by Directorate-General for Energy and Geology (Direção-Geral de Energia e Geologia - DGEG) as the households final customers have to be beneficiaries of the social electricity tariff (tarifa social de eletricidade) and/or the contract holder is the beneficiary of:
According to the Institute Social Security, support was granted in April to 762,320 beneficiaries of the social energy tariff. In addition to these, another 68,000 families will be covered by the support measure.
The measure has a cost of €55 million, according to state budget of 2022.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Other groups of citizens
People on social benefits
People on low incomes
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No involvement of social partners.
Eurofound (2022), Monthly subsidy for families to counter inflation, measure PT-2022-10/2432 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PT-2022-10_2432.html
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