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Factsheet for measure SK-2020-18/886 Updated – measures in Slovakia

SOS subsidy for people without any other income introduced

SOS dotácia

Country Slovakia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 May 2020 – 31 August 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Income protection beyond short-time work
– Extensions of income support to workers not covered by any kind of protection scheme
Author Daniela Keselova (IVPR) and Eurofound
Measure added 19 June 2020 (updated 11 October 2021)

Background information

This completely new measure was introduced on the basis of the Government Regulation No. 103/2020 Coll, section 3, on certain measures in the field of subsidies within the competence of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic in the event of an emergency situation, state of emergency or state of emergency declared in connection with COVID-19. The measure was introduced to help persons without any income during the crisis situation.

Content of measure

Eligible are the persons who used to have an income from work or self-employment before 12 March 2020 and stayed without any income during the coronavirus crisis. Not eligible are all recipients of unemployment benefits, retirement pensions, disability pensions, sickness benefits, nursing benefits, parental benefits and material need contributions. Moreover, the applicants cannot receive any other subsidy from the First aid measures.

The subsidy is paid out every month since March 2020 if the beneficiary meets the "no income" requirement. The person receives €105 in March 2020 and €210 in April and later until the individual income situation changes. The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family publishes the list of beneficiaries with approved subsidies on its website.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

30 October 2020

This measure was renewed on 30 October 2020 in the First Aid Plus programme, see case SK-2020-44/1608 .

Use of measure

By 30 June 2020 there were totaly 11,881 approved subsidies refering to the period between 12 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 according to the lists of beneficiaries published by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

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
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


Social partners were not involved in preparation of the measure via usual tripartite consultations and neither in the cross-sector commenting procedure as the measure refers to individual citizens (workers, self-employed, unemployed) who stayed without any income during the crisis situation.

Views and reactions

There are no views or reactions of social partners available.


  • 30 April 2020: First aid to employees, employers and self-employed. (Prvá pomoc zamestnancom, podnikateľom a živnostníkom.) (
  • 30 April 2020: Ministry expands the aid for citizens to SOS subsidy (Ministerstvo rozširuje pomoc občanom o SOS dotáciu) (
  • 30 June 2020: SOS subsidy. Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic (SOS dotácia. Ministerstvo práce, sociálnych vecí a rodiny) (
  • 05 August 2020: Upozornenie k poskytovaniu SOS dotácie (


Eurofound (2020), SOS subsidy for people without any other income introduced, measure SK-2020-18/886 (measures in Slovakia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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