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Factsheet for measure SK-2022-1/3108 – measures in Slovakia

Humanitarian aid subsidy for social services

Podpora humanitárnej pomoci pre sociálne služby

Country Slovakia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 January 2022 – 31 March 2023
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Support for energy bills
Author Daniela Keselova and Eurofound
Measure added 21 February 2023 (updated 26 April 2023)

Background information

The subsidy is provided based on the Government Regulation No. 131/2022 approved on 12 April 2022 on under the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic during the state of emergency and its amendment Government Regulation No. 374/2022 Coll. approved on 16 November 2022. The aim of the subsidy is to cover partially the increased operating costs of social services providers due to inflation.

Content of measure

The subsidy is provided once to a social services providers. There are some costs excluded from the measure, for instance: wage costs, health and social insurance costs, travel costs or rental costs. The amount of subsidy varies from €5 to €2,000 depending on the type of the service. In total, €20 million was allocated for the measure. In average the subsidy is about €200 per client. The measure covers pubic and non-public social services providers, specifically:

  • crisis intervention services, for example low-threshold day-care centres, low-threshold social services for children and family, integration centres or emergency housing facilities.
  • outpatient family services, for instance care facilities for children under three years of age, service to support work-life balance or early intervention service.
  • residential social services for severely disabled persons and persons with adverse health condition, for example assisted living facilities, senior homes, social services homes or specialised facilities.
  • outpatient services for severely disabled persons and persons with adverse health condition, for instance guide and reading service, Interpreting service, arranging interpreting service, arranging personal assistance, renting aids.
  • ICT services and support services, for example monitoring and signalling the need for assistance, emergency assistance provided through telecommunication technologies, day-care centres, canteens, laundry service or personal hygiene centres.
  • outpatient social rehabilitation and counselling services.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Older citizens
Children (minors)
Single parents
People in care facilities
People on social benefits
People on low incomes

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

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

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

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


The information on social partner's involvement in designing, implementing and monitoring the measure is not available.

Views and reactions

The professional organisation of social services providers the Association of social services providers in the Slovak Republic expressed its positive attitude towards the measure. The Association is a recognized professional organisation in social services. It is a member of several bodies, for instance the working group for legislative changes at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family, advisory body to negotiate the contributions increase for social services at the Ministry of Finance, Government Council for Seniors, Government Council for NGOs and the member of National Union of Employers. At the European level it is a member of European Ageing Network and Social employers.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q87 Residential care activities
      Q88 Social work activities without accommodation

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 12 April 2022: Government Regulation No. 131/2022 Coll. from 12 April 2022 (Nariadenie vlády SR č. 131/2022 z 12. apríla 2022) (
  • 16 November 2022: Government Regulation No. 374/2022 from 16 November 2022 (Nariadenie vlády SR č. 374/2022 zo 16. novembra 2022 (
  • 16 November 2022: Help to social services providers with payment of energy bills (Poskytovateľom sociálnych služieb pomôžeme s úhradami faktúr za energie (
  • 16 November 2022: APSS in the Slovak Republic thanks the Slovak government for the inflation bailout (APSS v SR ďakuje vláde SR za záchranné inflačné koleso (
  • 06 March 2023: Association of Social Services Provideres - membership benefits (Asociácia poskytovateľov sociálnych služieb - výhody členstva) (


Eurofound (2023), Humanitarian aid subsidy for social services, measure SK-2022-1/3108 (measures in Slovakia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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