Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1342 granting temporary support under Regulation (EU) 2020/672 to Belgium to mitigate unemployment risks in the emergency following the COVID-19 outbreak

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Publication Date 29/09/2020
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Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1342 - adopted by the Council of the European Union on 25 September 2020 - concerning temporary support to Belgium to address unemployment risks in the framework of the SURE instrument.

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Council Regulation 2020/672 - also known as SURE Regulation - lays down the legal framework for providing EU financial assistance to Member States, which are experiencing, or are seriously threatened with, a severe economic disturbance caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Support under SURE serves for the financing, primarily, of short-time work schemes or similar measures aimed at protecting employees and the self‐employed and thus reducing the incidence of unemployment and loss of income, as well as for the financing, as an ancillary, of some health-related measures, in particular in the workplace.

Belgium requested financial assistance in this framework on 7 August 2020. The Commission consulted the Belgian authorities to verify the sudden and severe increase in actual and planned expenditure directly related to the temporary unemployment scheme, the COVID-19 replacement income for self-employed, the COVID-19 parental leave, a number of regional income support schemes and regional health-related measures caused by the pandemic. The European Commission tabled the draft Decision on 24 August, which was adopted by the Council of the European Union on 25 September 2020. It was published in the Official Journal on 29 September 2020.

Related Links
The Brussels Times, 24/08/2020: European Commission proposes €7.8 billion in coronavirus funds for Belgium

EUR-LEX: COM(2020)471: Proposal for a Council Implementing Decision granting temporary support under Council Regulation (EU) 2020/672 to Belgium to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency situation following the COVID-19 outbreak
European Commission: Press Release, 24/08/2020: Coronavirus: Commission proposes to provide €81.4 billion in financial support for 15 Member States under SURE

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