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Factsheet for case SK-2021-10/1796 – measures in Slovakia

Employment support at primary art schools - Measure 6 First Aid Plus Plus

Podpora zamestnanosti v základných umeleckých školách - Opatrenie 6 - Prvá pomoc plus plus

Country Slovakia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 March 2021 – 30 June 2021
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Employment protection and retention
– Income support for people in employment (e.g., short-time work)
Author Daniela Keselova (IVPR) and Eurofound
Case created 26 March 2021 (updated 14 October 2021)

Background information

It is a new measure implemented within the programme First Aid Plus Plus. The measure replaced the former Measure 6 in the programme First Aid Plus focused on employment support at preschools during pandemic, see the case SK-2020-29/1614 . The legislative background of the new measure is the Act No. 5/2004 on Employment services, as amended, Section 54. The measure is provided as a National Project within the Operational Programme Human Resources, Priority Axis 3: Employment.

Content of measure

Primary art schools (ZUŠ) provide afterschool study programmes focused on music, painting, dance and drama. The measure provides financial contribution to employers (directly to ZUŠ or to their providers) who keep employment during the obligatory school closure due to crisis situation. Specifically, eligible period is from 13 March 2020 to 30 June 2020. The applications for financial contribution can be submitted from 1 March 2021. To receive financial contribution, ZUŠ have to be included in the network of schools and school facilities. Eligible employers receive 80% of employees' (teachers and professional staff) gross monthly wage. The support is limited to the maximum of €1,100 a month per one employee. These teachers and professional staff had to become standard employees at ZUŠ not later than 1 March 2020.

Use of measure

Total allocation is €24.66 million. About 6,000 jobs are going to be supported within the measure. Total of 3,300 jobs at 158 primary art schools were supported with total amount of €8.6 million by 17 May 2021.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Particular professions
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
Public employment service
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


The information on social partners' involvement is not available.

Views and reactions

The information on social partners' reactions and views on the measure is not available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      P - Education P85 Education
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Teaching professionals


  • 01 February 2021: Prva pomoc Plus Plus (
  • 01 March 2021: Oznámenie o možnosti predkladania žiadostí o poskytnutie finančného príspevku (
  • 29 March 2021: Rezorty školstva a práce pomôžu 6000 zamestnancom základných umeleckých škôl (
  • 17 May 2021: Základné umelecké školy z celého Slovenska môžu naďalej získať podporu na udržanie pracovných miest (


Eurofound (2021), Employment support at primary art schools - Measure 6 First Aid Plus Plus, case SK-2021-10/1796 (measures in Slovakia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.