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COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch

Database of national-level responses

Eurofound's COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the crisis, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.

Overview

COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch currently contains 1499 measures introduced by governments and social partners to cushion the social and economic effects on businesses, workers and citizens.

Use the side navigation to find measures by country, type of measure, category, or target group.

Due to the revision process, some cases might temporarily be unavailable.

Categories

Target groups

The database indicates for each measure to which target groups it applies, broadly differentiating between workers, businesses and citizens.

The database contains 42 specific target groups, including for example:

Recently updated measures

Regulations on biological risks of employees exposed to COVID-19

The scope of application of the regulations on the prevention of biological risks is set out in Article R. 4421-1 of the Labour Code. These regulations apply to companies whose activities expose worke...

France | 25 April 2022

Healthcare professionals can transfer their holidays to the next year

There is a growing shortage of healthcare professionals, and the pressure is growing with the latest development in the corona infection with the Omikron variant. To reduce the pressure in the healthc...

Denmark | 19 April 2022

COVID-19 winter package for hospitals

The government and the supporting parties have set aside money in a new sub-agreement to get the hospital area through some difficult months with COVID-19. The employees in the hospital system are exp...

Denmark | 19 April 2022

Involvement of social partners in legislation

Eurofound identified 957 legislations and other statutory regulations, 587 of which have been created entirely new in the context of COVID-19. This section gives an overview of social partner's involvement in designing and implementing these measures.

Role of employers' organisations in designing the measure

  • In 506 measures, employers' organisations were involved:
  • In 251 measures, there was no involvement;
  • For the 200 remaining measures the involvement is unknown, or they were considered as being out of the social partner's domain.

Role of trade unions in designing the measure

  • In 465 measures, trade unions were involved:
  • In 273 measures, there was no involvement;
  • For the 219 remaining measures the involvement is unknown, or they were considered as being out of the social partner's domain.

Implementation, monitoring and assessment phase

  • In 164 measures, social partners were involved:
  • In the remaining 793 measures, there was no involvement or the involvement is unknown.
    • COVID-19 self-testing by pupils and students in primary and secondary schools

      As many pupils and students in primary and secondary schools suffered from the COVID-19 pandemics, according to the decision by the Civil Protection Headquarters and the Instruction by the Ministry of...

      Croatia | 11 February 2022

      Support for the tourism sector in the pandemic

      The necessary funds for the implementation of the Council of Ministers decree will be provided at the expense of the reserve for unforeseen and/or urgent expenses for 2021 under the state budget in th...

      Bulgaria | 13 January 2022

      Emergency fund for local broadcasters

      The Law Decree no. 34, issued on 19 May 2020, established an emergency fund for local broadcasters to finance an extraordinary contribution in favour of local radio and television broadcasters which u...

      Italy | 12 January 2022

Collective agreements

The COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch database contains 125 collective agreements. Most of them were identified in France and the most commonly found provisions relate to employment retention, health and safety, and income protection.

Contents

26 agreements additionally contain other provisions not mentioned above.

Social partner initiatives

The COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch database contains 78 social partner initiatives. Most of them were identified in Germany and belong to the category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace.

Main themes

Company practices

The COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch database contains 149 company practices. Most of them were identified in Bulgaria and the most commonly found provisions relate to health and safety, work organisation, and telework.

Contents

42 company practices additionally contain other provisions not mentioned above.

    • Pension payment arrangements introduced by Bulgarian Posts

      In the face of the fifth COVID-19 wave the Bulgarian Post office introduced new arrangements to pension payments. The newly introduced time schedule complement the already adopted safety measures at t...

      Bulgaria | 12 January 2022

      Preventing the spread of the COVID-19 in hotel Augusta

      Hotel Augusta is one of the major hotels located in the town Hisarya. The hotel is available not only to tourists but also to business meetings as it offers conference rooms on rent. Pursuant to order...

      Bulgaria | 12 January 2022

      Limiting the risk of COVID-19 in Sofia University

      Sofia University is one of the major national universities in Bulgaria. Data shows that during the student recruitment campaign in 2021 almost 10,000 people submitted application documents to the univ...

      Bulgaria | 12 January 2022

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