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Federal government reaches agreement on latest extension of support measures

Federal government reaches agreement on latest extension of support measures

Final approval was coming for several days. Concretely, this relates to temporary unemployment as a result of force majeure in all sectors, and the only crisis affecting all sectors from a decline in turnover of 65 percent and a monthly premium of 25 euros for subsistence wage workers, and income recipients. Senior Citizen Entry and Replacement Guarantee.

In addition, there is financial support for the railway sector (passenger and freight transport) and the maintenance of a value-added tax rate of 6 per cent for hydro-alcoholic gels and masks.

According to Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo (Open VLD), support is limited to people and companies who really need it. “It’s about self-employed people who still lose two-thirds of their income, about, for example, nightlife which is still very limited, about a number of businesses where temporary unemployment is still necessary to avoid making people redundant with specific support.”

The value of the measures is an additional 90.15 million euros. For comparison, the measures taken in the third quarter of this year amounted to 987 million euros.

This latest package of anti-coronavirus measures will expire on January 1, 2022.

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