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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 1394 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.

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

Anti-crisis shield: Additional support for companies and NGOs employing people with disabilities

In May 2020, as a part of the new wave of preventive measures, the government proposed other legislative measures (the so-called “Anti-crisis Shield 3.0") intended to counter-act the direct economic e...

Poland | 14 September 2021

Extraordinary Fund for the Third Sector

The Law Decree no. 137, issued on 28 October 2020, then converted into the Law no. 176, issued on 18 December 2020, established the creation of the Extraordinary Fund for the Third Sector. This Fund a...

Italy | 14 September 2021

Company-level agreement on the use of payroll subsidies

The company level agreement was signed on 27 March 2020 by the company Granarolo and the main trade unions in the agri-food sector FAI-CISL, FLAI-CGIL, and UILA-UIL. Following the reduced productive a...

Italy | 14 September 2021

Involvement of social partners in legislation

Eurofound identified 897 legislations and other statutory regulations, 547 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 496 measures, employers' organisations were involved:
  • In 236 measures, there was no involvement;
  • For the 165 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 460 measures, trade unions were involved:
  • In 250 measures, there was no involvement;
  • For the 187 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 159 measures, social partners were involved:
  • In the remaining 738 measures, there was no involvement or the involvement is unknown.
    • Support for shopping centres to overcome the effects of the COVID-19 crisis

      This is a support program for businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis to compensate for the fall in rental income from the shopping centre it owns as a result of measures to curb the spread of the ...

      Latvia | 29 July 2021

      Support for COVID-19 crisis-affected sports centers

      This is a support program for COVID-19 crisis-affected businesses - owners, legal possessors and tenants of sports centres - to compensate for the decline in turnover of sports centres owned, managed ...

      Latvia | 29 July 2021

      Discipline of the unemployment benefit

      In order to better support unemployed people in facing the economic emergency connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, Law Decree No. 73 of 25 May 2021 introduces the suspension until 31 December 2021 of t...

      Italy | 29 July 2021

Collective agreements

The COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch database contains 107 collective agreements. Most of them were identified in France and the most commonly found provisions relate to employment retention, income protection, and health and safety.

Contents

25 agreements additionally contain other provisions not mentioned above.

Social partner initiatives

The COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch database contains 77 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 154 company practices. Most of them were identified in Germany and the most commonly found provisions relate to health and safety, work organisation, and telework.

Contents

41 company practices additionally contain other provisions not mentioned above.

    • Enter Air signs loan agreement for €60 million

      Enter Air signed an agreement with the Polish Development Fund (PFR) under which it is to receive a liquidity loan from the Financial Shield 2.0 (for large companies) in the amount of PLN 287 million ...

      Poland | 19 April 2021

      Liquidity loan for Polish Mining Group

      In late March the application of the Polish Mining Group (Polska Grupa Górnicza, PGG) for financial aid under the Financial Shield 2.0 scheme was approved. As a result the company will receive a liqui...

      Poland | 15 April 2021

      Danske Bank gives employees a grant to upgrade their workspace at home

      After the introduction of quarantine in Lithuania (the first quarantine lasted from 16 March to 16 June 2020 and the second quarantine was introduced on 7 November 2020), most companies and organisati...

      Lithuania | 13 April 2021

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