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News 10th of June 2020 By Alexia De Poorter and Dries Torreele

Superkern approves additional coronavirus support measures

Superkern approves additional coronavirus support measures

Extension of support measures

Special support measures for troubled sectors

  • +Extension and improvement of the bridging right for the self-employed through 31 August 2020, with another possible extension through 31 December 2020
  • +Extension of the temporary unemployment scheme until 31 December 2020
  • +Partial exemption of withholding tax for the upcoming three months for hard-hit sectors that have been forced to resort to temporary unemployment

Attention to purchasing power and economic activity

  • +Employers can opt to issue EUR 300 consumption vouchers to their employees in support of the most heavily affected sectors. Such vouchers may be used to purchase goods and services in the hospitality sector, cultural sector, etc. The vouchers are fully deductible and tax-free. This scheme does require the social partners’ agreement.
  • +There will also be additional support for people with a living wage, people with disabilities and those who qualify for a guaranteed income for the elderly. This support amounts to six payments of EUR 50 per month.
  • +All Belgian residents can make use of a 10-journey SNCB Rail Pass that is valid from 1 July through 31 December. The supplementary charge for bicycles on the train will be temporarily suspended.
  • +Public Welfare Centres will receive further support through an additional temporary 15% increase in the federal government’s reimbursement rate.
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Alexia De Poorter
Alexia De Poorter
Dries Torreele
Dries Torreele