EU state aid law and rules in Belgium during Covid-19

  1. Federal government measures introducing a payment plan for different public debts (taxes, social security, VAT, etc.)
  2. Federal loan guarantee scheme to encourage new bank loans to SME’s 
  3. Federal support scheme for Belgian enterprises in the HORECA sector and the mobile retail food sector 
  4. Federal support scheme for Belgian enterprises in different sectors to assist them to pay the social security contributions 
  5. Federal scheme for employers active in the travel, hotel and event sectors 
  6. Regional measures:
  7. Measures of the Brussels Region for companies:
  8. Brussels support scheme for hotels and aparthotels localized in the Brussels-Capital Region;
  9. New premium for tourist accommodation localized in the Brussels-Capital Region
  10. Measures of the Walloon Region for companies
  11. Aid scheme for Walloon airports
  12. Investment aid of the Walloon Region for the production of COVID-19 relevant products
  13. Aid of the Walloon Region for pig farmers
  14. Subsidised loans scheme of the Walloon Region for undertakings
  15. Walloon aid scheme for support to hotels and similar accommodation
  16. Walloon aid scheme for tourism attractions
  17. Walloon aid scheme to support the passengers transport sector
  18. Aid scheme for certain sectors indirectly affected by closure decisions in the context of the COVID-19 crisis
  19. Walloon aid scheme for business-to-business activities affected by a closure decisions in the context of the COVID-19 crisis
  20. Walloon aid scheme supporting the sectors most durably affected since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak
  21. Measures of the Flemish Region for companies
  22. Flemish support for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak
  23. Flemish support scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak
  24. Flemish aid scheme to support the production of COVID-19 related products
  25. Flemish aid scheme to support the social tourism sector
  26. Flemish scheme to support tourism companies
  27. Flemish aid scheme to support companies active in the potato and floricultural primary production sectors 
  28. Flemish aid scheme to support companies active in the Flemish events sector
  29. Flemish aid scheme to the Flemish airports
  30. Flemish aid scheme to support coach companies
  31. Flemish aid scheme to support festivals organizers
  32. Flemish aid scheme for undertakings restarting their activities
  33. Flemish aid to professional sport clubs
  34. Flemish aid scheme to support the protection of teleworkers’ health
  35. Flemish aid scheme to support the rebooking of events 

Introduction

Belgium has adopted various measures, both at federal and regional level, to provide financial flexibility to allow companies to overcome their temporary financial difficulties.

EU State aid law context

National State aid schemes (programs) introduced by EU Member States and individual aid granted by national instances must comply with the applicable EU State aid law. Member States may e.g. notify new programs based on the EU Commission’s Temporary Framework, introduce new programs or grant aid in individual cases based on the provisions of the Treaty (Art. 107 para 2 TFEU) on aid to recover the damage caused by exceptional occurrences or grant aid to firms in difficulty under the Guidelines for Rescue and Restructuring aid. Please refer to the EU chapter for more details.

National Public Support

Federal government measures introducing a payment plan for different public debts (taxes, social security, VAT, etc.)

Who is eligible for the aid?

Undertakings and natural persons registered with the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises (“Banque Carrefour des entreprises”) regardless of their sector of activity that: 

  • are experiencing financial difficulties; and
  • can demonstrate these result from the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Indeed, those support measures may not be granted to companies which, independently of the coronavirus crisis, have structural payment problems.

What does the aid consist of?   

Public support consists of:

  • Public support consists of:
  • the establishment of a payment plan; 
  • an exemption from late payment interest; or 
  • a remission of fines for non-payment of public debts, such as social security contribu-tions, VAT, professional withholding tax as well as personal income taxes and corpo-rate taxes.

The Government has set up a guarantee scheme for companies and self-employed with a budget of 50 billion EUR to cover new credits for up to one year. This scheme has been adopted by the law of 27 March 2020 and by a royal decree 1
Royal Decree of 14th April 2020, in Flemish and French:
 of 14 April 2020 and applies to credits granted between 1 April 2020 and 30 September 2020.

To be eligible for this guarantee up to 50 million EUR, the compagnies must prove that they were not in difficulty on 31 December 2019 and that they are viable (not in arrears as of 1 February 2020, or by less than 30 days as of 29 February 2020 and not currently subject to a credit restructuring).

In order to ensure that the guarantee is only used in proportion to the losses registered, the maximum amount of the state guarantee is:

  • 0% for the first 3% of losses;
  • 50% for the next 2% of losses;
  • 80% for the remaining losses.

The scheme provides that the premium, charged by the lender to the borrower, will be equivalent to: 

  • 0,25% (for SME’s) and 
  • 0,5% (for large firms) 

Additionally, the scheme provides for a moratorium on interest payments and loan repayments for existing loans until the end of September 2020.

Where to apply for the aid?

Applications, valid for all measures, must be made via a form published on the website of the federal public finance service, 2 In French: https://finances.belgium.be/fr/entreprises/mesures-de-soutien-dans-le-cadre-du-coronavirus-covid-19 In Flemish: https://financien.belgium.be/nl/ondernemingen/steunmaatregelen-betreffende-het-coronavirus-covid-19 by e-mail or by post. There is a single point of contact for all measures: the Regional Collection Centre determined by the postal code of the address or head office.

Applications must be made before 30 June 2020.

The guarantee scheme apply to credits granted between the 1 April 2020 and 30 September 2020.

Applications for the federal loan guarantee scheme and the HORECA sector can be made until 31 December 2020.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

No for the rescheduling of debts, interests and fines. These public supports are general measures that do not constitute a State aid and therefore must not be formally authorised by the EU Commission.

Yes regarding the guarantee scheme. The aid scheme has been notified and was approved on 11 April 2020 by the European Commission under the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak. 3 Press release of the European Commission : https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/fr/ip_20_648.

Further remarks

None.


Federal loan guarantee scheme to encourage new bank loans to SME’s 

Who is eligible for the aid?

All undertakings active in Belgium, including self-employed traders, small and medium enterprises (“SME’s”) and large companies, except undertakings in the financial sector and government entities.

To be eligible, the undertakings must satisfy to two cumulative conditions:

  • Have less than 30 days of bank payment arrears on 29 February 2020 or were not the subject of a credit restructuring by their bank on that date; and
  • Not being in difficulty within the meaning of the General Block Exemption Regulation (“GBER”) on that same date.

What does the aid consist of?

The aid takes the form of guarantees on portfolios of qualifying loans. It aims at enhancing access to external financing for SMEs, thus ensuring the continuation of their activities. The support will complement the existing guarantee scheme described above.

Where to apply for the aid?

Aid is given through credit institutions that fulfil all the following conditions:

  • they are authorized under Belgian law and allowed to conduct their activities in Belgium; 
  • they fall within the scope of the commitment of the financial sector that relates to both business and private credit, including first home mortgages. It takes the form of a six-month standstill period; and
  • on 31 December 2019, they had outstanding credit of a least 20.000 EUR with respect to one or more final business beneficiaries.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The federal guarantee scheme that completes the existing guarantee scheme (that was approved by the Commission on 11 April 2020) has been notified by the Belgian authorities and was authorized by the European Commission on 15 July 2020.

Further remarks

The budget for this measure consists of a reallocation of 10 billion EUR of the 50 billion EUR that were earmarked for the previously approved guarantee scheme described above.


Federal support scheme for Belgian enterprises in the HORECA sector and the mobile retail food sector 

Who is eligible for the aid?

All undertakings registered in Belgium that are active in the HORECA sector (hotel, restaurants and cafés) as well as mobile food vendors. 

The aid may not be granted under the measure to medium and large enterprises that were already in difficulty within the meaning of the General Block Exemption Regulation (“GBER”) on 31 December 2019. 

However, the aid may be granted to micro and small enterprises that were in difficulty within the meaning of the GBER on 31 December 2019, if those enterprises, at the moment of the granting of the aid, were not subject to collective insolvency procedure under national law and had not received rescue aid or restructuring aid.

What does the aid consist of?

The measure provides aid in the form of an exemption from the annual contribution due by enterprises to the “Federal Agency for the security of the food chain” (AFSCA) for 2020 and 2021.

The aim of this measure is to reduce the costs of the beneficiaries who are facing a serious lack of liquidity as a result of the pandemic.

Where to apply for the aid?

The aid may be granted under the measure as from its approval by the Commission until no later than 31 December 2020 and it is the Belgian Federal Government (“Ministre des Classes moyennes, des Indépendants, des PME, de l’Agriculture, et de l’intégration sociale, chargé des Grandes Villes”) that is responsible for administering the measure.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The Belgian support scheme was approved on 6 August 2020 by the European Commission under the Temporary Framework. The duration of the scheme was extended on 26 March 2021.

Further remarks

None.


Federal support scheme for Belgian enterprises in different sectors to assist them to pay the social security contributions 

Who is eligible for the aid?

Undertakings active in sectors particularly affected by the coronavirus pandemic that are exhaustively listed in the Belgian bill and royal decree: hospitality, culture, recreation and events, sports, holiday parks and campsites sectors, as well as travel agencies, tour operators and touristic information services.

These sectors correspond to those that had to close down following the adoption by the Belgian authorities of the Ministerial Order of 18 October 2020.

The measure may also apply to the suppliers of these undertakings provided that the suppliers-undertakings perform in one of the economic activities listed in the above mentioned bill and royal decree, and show that their turnover decreased by at least 65 % in the second (Avril-June period) or the fourth quarter (October-December period) of 2020 compared to the previous representative quarters.

What does the aid consist of?

The aid takes the form of a direct grant to assist employers and intends to cover the social security contributions due by the employer for the third quarter of 2020 (July-September period). 

The scheme aims to avoid lay-offs and help beneficiaries resume their business activities after the compulsory shutdown period.

Where to apply for the aid?

The aid amount will be automatically transfer by the National Social Security Office to the National Social Security Office account of the eligible undertakings, without the need for an aid application. 

The suppliers-undertakings, to receive aid under the measure, must submit an electronic application to the National Social Security Office, in which they must list the sectors they supply and declare whether they meet the required reduction in turnover. If they meet the conditions as described above, the aid amount will be transferred to the supplier-undertakings’ National Social Security Office account.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The aid scheme was notified and approved under the State aid Temporary Framework on 19 November 2020.

Further remarks

None.


Federal scheme for employers active in the travel, hotel and event sectors 

Who is eligible for the aid?

Undertakings active in the travel sector, the hotel sector or the event sector in Belgium.

Concerning the hotel sector, only undertakings which have suffered a reduction of at least 60% of their turnover in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the second quarter of 2019 may apply for the aid.

What does the aid consist of?

For beneficiaries active in the travel sector, the aid consists in a reduction of social security contributions intended as a wage subsidy for the first and the second quarter of 2021. 

The measure also provides for a “target group” reduction for certain categories of employers in the travel sector, which fall within the scope of the Law of 21 November 2017 on the sale of package travel, linked travel arrangements and travel services. This second measure consists in a reduction equal to the amount of social security contributions due for the second quarter of 2021.

For beneficiaries active in the hotel sector, the aid consists in a total exemption of the relevant employers’ social security contributions for up to five employees for the second quarter of 2021.

For beneficiaries active in the event sector, the aid consists in a total exemption of employers’ social security contributions for up to five employees for the second and third quarters of 2021.

To be eligible to the aid, the employers must fulfil two conditions, regardless of their activity sector : 

  • They must refrain from distributing dividends to shareholders, distributing bonuses to the Administration Board or to management staff and repurchasing their own shares; 
  • They must inform and consult the social consultation bodies of their company about this support measure, in particular as regards the provision of training.

Employers active in the travel sector must also: 

  • Keep in service all employees who are continuously employed between 1 April 2021 and 30 June 2021 (unless resignment or dismissal on serious grounds). 
  • Provide all their staff with training intended for preparing them for developments in the sector and on the labour market. The training must cover at least 20% of the contractual working time in the first and second quarter of 2021 (and continued beyond if needed).

Employers active in the hotel or event sectors must also: 

  • Keep in service all employees for whom the reduction has been requested during the quarter(s) covered by the measure (unless resignment or dismissal on serious grounds.
  • Provide all their full-time workers with five days of training in 2021 for preparing them for developments in the sector and on the labour market. For part-time workers this number may be reduced proportionately to the workers’ work duration.

Where to apply for the aid?

The aid can be requested from the “Office national de la sécurité sociale” (O.N.S.S.).

The reductions will be granted only after the beneficiaries have submitted their quarterly social security contribution declarations, which are due in July 2021. 

Aid will be granted until no later than 31 December 2021.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

No, the Commission approved the aid schemes on 4th June 2021.

Further remarks

None.


Regional measures:

Measures of the Brussels Region for companies:

Who is eligible for the aid?

Shops, stores and establishments that: 

  • are closed due to state containment measures; 
  • have less than 50 full-time workers; and 
  • are active in one of the sectors listed in the annex of the Order of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region relating to aid for the compensation of undertakings affected by the emergency measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19, available on the website of the Brussels region.

What does the aid consist of?

  • A single premium of 4.000 EUR or public guarantees on bank loans, for a total of 20 million EUR;
  • The suspension of the payment of the City Tax for the first semester of 2020;
  • The possibility to obtain a loan from finance&invest.brussels with subsidised inter-est rates for the Horeca sector; 4 More information via
  • Increased assistance to companies in difficulty via hub.brussels.

The Brussels Region has set up an aid scheme to support coronavirus related research and development projects, with a budget of 4 million EUR. The beneficiaries of the subsidies are undertakings from all sectors which have at least one site in the Brussels Region and intend to carryout COVID-19 research and development projects.

The eligible projects must have started as of 1 February 2020, projects started before that date are eligible for the subsidy only if the aid is needed to accelerate their implementation, or to widen their scope. The maximum aid intensity is 80% for industrial research and for experimental development.

This aid scheme can be granted until 31 December 2021 but applications must be submitted before 1 August 2020.

Where to apply for the aid?

The request for the premium must be made online by 18 May 2020, to “Bruxelles Economie et Emploi (BEE)”. 5
This request must be accompanied by two documents: 

  • the last VAT declaration; and
  • a bank certificate relating to the company's account. This certificate must mention the name of the bank, the name of the company, its contact details and the account number of the company.

The request for the guarantees on bank loans must be submitted via the Brussels Guarantee Fund. 6 In French : http://www.fondsbruxelloisdegarantie.be/ In Flemish : http://www.fondsbruxelloisdegarantie.be/nl/

The aid scheme for hotels and aparthotels may be granted as from its approval until no later than 31 December 2020.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?    

The legal basis for the measures of limited amount (premiums, suspension of tax, assistance, etc.) is unclear however they could be qualified as de minimis aid, and not subject to notification to the EU Commission.

The loans and guarantees will have to be notified on the basis of the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak if the undertakings concerned are in difficulty because of the crisis.

The grant scheme for coronavirus related research and development projects was approved by the European Commission on 27 April 2020 on the basis of the Temporary Framework. 7 Press release of the European Commission The decision of the Commission to approve the extension of the duration of the scheme until 31 December 2021 was taken on 26 March 2021.

Further remarks

None.


Brussels support scheme for hotels and aparthotels localized in the Brussels-Capital Region;

Who is eligible for the aid?

The beneficiaries of the measure are undertakings of all sizes, hotels and aparthotels, that are located in the Brussels-Capital Region.

Aid may not be granted under the measure to medium and large enterprises that were already in difficulty within the meaning of the General Block Exemption Regulation (“GBER”) on 31 December 2019. 

Aid may be granted to micro and small enterprises that were in difficulty within the meaning of the GBER on 31 December 2019, if those enterprises, at the moment of the granting of the aid, were not subject to collective insolvency procedure under national law and had not received rescue aid or restructuring aid.

What does the aid consist of?

The measure allocates direct grants of minimum 20.000 EUR and maximum 200.000 EUR per hotel or aparthotel.

The scheme aims at supporting affected establishments for lost income and ongoing operating costs, namely for insurance, maintenance and security, to mitigate the liquidity needs that these companies are facing due to the pandemic and to ensure continuity of their economic activity. 

Where to apply for the aid?

The Brussels Regional Public Service for Brussels Economy and Employment (“BEE”) is responsible for administering the measure and may grant the aid as from its approval until no later than 31 December 2020.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The aid scheme was notified and approved under the State aid Temporary Framework on 9 October 2020.

Further remarks

None.


New premium for tourist accommodation localized in the Brussels-Capital Region

Who is eligible for the aid?

The beneficiaries are tourist accommodation, that are located in the Brussels-Capital Region.
 
They must be in good financial health before the crisis (not an undertaking in difficulty on 31 December 2019) and had at least 25.000 EUR of turnover for the year 2019. This amount in turnover increases by 10.000 EUR with each additional unit of establishment of the undertaking.

To benefit from the aid, the beneficiaries must also comply with some other conditions namely that they have not benefited from the tax exemption scheme for small businesses referred to in Article 56bis of the Belgian VAT Code; or that they have not received aid beyond 1.8 million EUR (including the amount of aid granted in accordance with the present scheme).

What does the aid consist of?

The aid consists of premiums (direct grants paid as a lump sum), calculated according to the number of full time employees at the end of 2019 and according to the units of establishment per beneficiary (up to a maximum of 5 units of establishment per beneficiary). 

The minimum amount is 12.500 EUR for the smallest structures, meaning undertakings with less than 5 employees. 

Undertakings with a number of full time employees between 5 and less than 10 will receive aid of an amount of 37.500 EUR

The aid can go up to a maximum of 62.500 EUR for undertakings with at least 10 or more full time employees.

Where to apply for the aid?

Applications for the aid must be made at the Brussels Regional Public Service - Brussels Economy and Employment.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The aid scheme was approved by the European Commission on 18 June 2021.

Further remarks

None


Measures of the Walloon Region for companies

Who is eligible for the aid?

Companies active in the horeca/travel/tourism sectors, retail, bus sector etc. that have their head office or operating headquarters in Wallonia and that: 

  • are impacted by decreased revenues due to the reduction in the financial share of the beneficiaries of their benefits;
  • have an employment workforce of less than 50 workers; and
  • have: either total annual turnover of no more than 10 million EUR; or total annual budget of no more than 10 million EUR;
  • have been active since before 12 March 2020;
  • have paid social security contributions in 2018.

Hospitals and retirement homes for specific public support. 

SME and large companies will be eligible for public guarantees granted by SOWALFIN, GELIGAR and SOGEPA.

All the undertakings are eligible for the measure concerning the freezing of loans.

What does the aid consist of?    

A premium of 5.000 EUR per company, for a period of 3 months for those companies that have had to close because of the state measures against the COVID-19 and 2.500 EUR for those that have had to adapt their days of business without closing completely.

Public loans by SOGEPA up to 200.000 EUR.

Public guarantees, with a budget of 530 million EUR, granted until the end of 2021 by:

  • Geligar (large companies) on existing investment loans as well as existing and new working capital loans;
  • SOWALFIN (SME) on existing investment loans as well as existing and new working capital loans;
  • SOGEPA on investment and revolving capital loans and confirmed credit lines financing the operation of beneficiaries that are in turnaround situations, to SMEs and large enterprises;
  • WALLONIE SANTE on investment and revolving capital loans and confirmed credit lines financing the operations of beneficiaries, to large enterprises or SME’s active in in the healthcare sectors.

The maximum amount of the qualifying loans may not exceed : 

  • Double the annual wage bill of the beneficiary for 2019 or for the last year available (for undertakings created on or after 1 January 2019, the maximum loan must not exceed the estimated annual wage bill for the first two years); or
  • 25% of the beneficiary’s total turnover in 2019; or
  • The amount of the loan may be increased to cover the liquidity needs from the moment of granting for the coming 18 months for SMEs and for the coming 12 months for large enterprises.

These guarantees may not exceed six years and are limited to a maximum coverage of 90% of the remaining outstanding underlying loan amount and to a maximum of 7,5 million EUR for SME’s and 10 million EUR for large enterprises.

The GELIGAR guarantee can be cumulated with the State guarantee mentioned above.

The Walloon Region has set up an aid scheme to support coronavirus related research and development projects, with a budget of 25 million EUR. The aid scheme may be granted until 31 December 2020 and is accessible to undertakings active in the Walloon Region from all sectors which are able to lead COVID-19 research and development projects and which were not in difficulty on 31 December 2019.

The eligible projects must have started as of 1 February 2020, projects started before that date are eligible for the subsidy only if the aid is necessary to accelerate or widen the scope of the project. 

The public support will be granted for industrial research and experimental development projects and will take the form of direct grants and repayable advances. The maximum cover will be 80% for SME’s and 60% for large undertakings. For experimental development projects, the aid will be granted solely in the form of direct grants if the project does not exceed 2 million EUR.

Where to apply for the aid?

The Walloon platform for submitting a request for the premium have been put online by the SPW Economy. 8

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?    

The legal basis for the measures of limited amount (premiums, loans, etc.) is unclear however they could be qualified as de minimis aid, and not subject to notification to the EU Commission.

The guarantee scheme was approved by the European Commission on 30 April 2020 on the basis of the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak. 9 Press release of the European Commission : The duration of the scheme was extended on 26 mars 2021.

The aid scheme for coronavirus related research and development projects was approved by the European Commission on 12 May 2020 on the basis of the Temporary Framework. 10 Press release of the European Commission :

Further remarks

None.


Aid scheme for Walloon airports

Who is eligible for the aid?

The aid will be granted to the undertakings managing the Walloon airports.

What does the aid consist of?

The aid consists of a moratorium on concession fees for 2020 and 2021. This consist of a suspension of the invoicing of the fees owed by these companies to SOWAER.

Where to apply for the aid?

The SOWAER is responsible for the administration of the measure.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The measure was notified under the Temporary Framework and approved by the European Commission on 11 April 2020. The prolongation of the measure for 2021 was approved by the Commission on 12 April 2021. 

Further remarks

 None.


Investment aid of the Walloon Region for the production of COVID-19 relevant products

Who is eligible for the aid?

The beneficiaries of the measure are undertakings of all size which are established in the Walloon Region and started projects for the production of COVID-19 relevant products: medicinal products (including vaccines) and treatments, their intermediates, active pharmaceutical ingredients and raw materials, and diagnostic tools.

The projects must have started as of 1st February 2020 at the earliest.

What does the aid consist of?

The aid consist in direct grants and it intensity is limited to 50 % of the eligible costs. The aid amount cannot exceed 1,5 million EUR per undertaking.

Where to apply for the aid?

Beneficiaries shall submit an application before 30 April 2021 to the Walloon Public Service in charge of Economy, Employment and Research (Département de l’Investissement du Service Public de Wallonie – Economie, Emploi, Recherche, hereafter “SPW-EER”).

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The scheme was notified under the Temporary Framework and approved by the European Commission on 12 January 2021.

Further remarks

The budget of the measure is 20 million EUR and this measure will not be co-financed by EU funds.


Aid of the Walloon Region for pig farmers

Who is eligible for the aid?

The beneficiaries of the measure are pig farmers. Undertakings active in the processing or marketing of agricultural products are not eligible for the aid.

Only micro, small and medium sized undertakings are eligible for the aid. Financial institutions and undertakings that were already in difficulty on 31 December 2019 are excluded. Aid may be granted to small and micro undertakings that were in difficulty on 31 December 2019, if these undertakings, at the moment of granting the aid, are not subject to collective insolvency procedure under national law and have not received rescue aid or restructuring aid.

What does the aid consist of?

The measure provides aid in the form of direct grants and aims to counter the liquidity shortage faced by undertakings because of the coronavirus outbreak and to ensure that the disruptions caused by this pandemic do not undermine the viability of undertakings and thereby to preserve the continuity of economic activity during and after the outbreak.

Where to apply for the aid?

Application must be made until 31 December 2021 to the Aid Department of the Walloon Public Service for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The scheme was notified under the Temporary Framework and approved by the European Commission on 29 March 2021.

Further remarks

None.


Subsidised loans scheme of the Walloon Region for undertakings

Who is eligible for the aid?

Small, medium-sized and large undertakings of all sectors active in the Walloon Region, with the exception of financial institutions and undertakings that were already in difficulty on 31 December 2019.

However, aid under the measure may be granted to small and micro undertakings that were already in difficulty on 31 December 2019, provided that, at the moment of granting the aid, the undertakings are not subject to a collective insolvency procedure under national law and have not received rescue aid or restructuring aid.

What does the aid consist of?

The measure provides aid in the form of senior loans and subordinated loans with subsidised interest rates. 

The measure aims to preserve the continuity of economic activity in Wallonia by ensuring access to liquidity to undertakings impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Where to apply for the aid?

Application must be made until 31 December 2021.

The granting authority is “SRIW” which contributes to the development of the economic activity in Wallonia, by granting loans or directly investing in enterprises located in this Region.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The scheme was notified under the Temporary Framework and approved by the European Commission on 30 March 2021.

Further remarks

The estimated budget of the measure is EUR 200 million. The measure is financed by SRIW and the Walloon Region.


Walloon aid scheme for support to hotels and similar accommodation

Who is eligible for the aid?

The beneficiaries of the aid are hotels and similar accommodations (with the NACE Code - BEL 55.100) active in the Walloon Region, irrespective of their size. 

Financial institutions are excluded as well as undertakings that were already in difficulty on 31 December 2019 and undertakings that have already benefited from aid granted by a federal body of Belgium, within the framework of the COVID-19 outbreak.

What does the aid consist of?

The measure provides aid in the form of direct grants.

Where to apply for the aid?

The granting authority is the Department of Investment of the Public Service of Wallonia for Economy, Employment and Research.

Aid may be granted until no later than 31 December 2021.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The scheme was notified under the Temporary Framework and approved by the European Commission on 8 April 2021.

Further remarks

None.


Walloon aid scheme for tourism attractions

Who is eligible for the aid?

The beneficiaries are SMEs and large enterprises active in the Walloon Region in the sector of tourism attractions.

Financial institutions and undertakings that were already in difficulty on 31 December 2019 are excluded for the beneficiaries.

Aid under the measure may be granted to small and micro undertakings that were already in difficulty on 31 December 2019, if those, at the moment of granting the aid, are not subject to a collective insolvency procedure under national law and have not received rescue aid or restructuring aid.

What does the aid consist of?

The scheme provides aid in the form of direct grant.

Where to apply for the aid?

Application for the aid may be made until the 31 December 2021 to the “Wallonia Tourism Commission” (“Commissariat Général au Tourisme”).

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The scheme was notified under the Temporary Framework and approved by the European Commission on 9 April 2021.

Further remarks

None.


Walloon aid scheme to support the passengers transport sector

Who is eligible for the aid?

The beneficiaries of the measure are SMEs, active in the passengers transport sector in the Walloon Region and that have had a loss of turnover of at least 50% over the last three quarters of 2020 when compared to the same period of 2019.

The potential beneficiaries must also justify the need to stop or to significantly reduce the use of their fleet due to the restrictive measures imposed to limit the spread of the COVID-19.

Aid may not be granted under the measure to undertakings that were already in difficulty within the meaning of the GBER on 31 December 2019.

What does the aid consist of?

The aid measure consists of direct grants.

Where to apply for the aid?

The Department of Investment of the Public Service of Wallonia - Economy, Employment and Research is responsible for the administration of the measure.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The scheme was notified under the Temporary Framework and approved by the European Commission on 12 May 2021. 

Further remarks

None.


Aid scheme for certain sectors indirectly affected by closure decisions in the context of the COVID-19 crisis

Who is eligible for the aid?

The beneficiaries are micro, small and medium-sized undertakings active in the Walloon Region as well as self-employed persons. 

The beneficiaries must be active in one of the following sectors listed in the scheme: taxi operations, specialised design activities, photographic activities, rental and leasing of other personal or household goods, rental and leasing of other machinery, equipment and tangible goods, travel agency activities, tour operator activities, other reservation service and related activities.

The scheme excludes the financial sector and the primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products, as well as the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

What does the aid consist of?

The aid measure consists of direct grants that are calculated on the basis of the turnover of the beneficiary in the first quarter of 2019; with a maximum of 30% of this turnover.

For undertakings that experienced a loss in turnover between 50% and 75% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2019, the amount of aid will be limited.

The minimum amount of aid is 4.500 EUR, with a maximum based on the number of employees: 7.500 EUR if the number of employees is 0; 15.000 EUR if the number of employees is comprised between 1 and 9; 30.000 EUR if the number of employees is comprised between 10 and 49; 60.000 EUR if the number of employees equals or exceeds 50. 

For beneficiaries that experienced a loss in turnover superior to 75% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2019, the amount of aid per beneficiary will also be limited.

The minimum amount of aid is 5.625 EUR, with a maximum based on the number of employees: 9.300 EUR if the number of employees is 0 ; 18.750 EUR if the number of employees is comprised between 1 and 9; 37.500 EUR if the number of employees is comprised between 10 and 49; 75.000 EUR if the number of employees equals or exceeds 50. 

Undertakings created between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2020 will receive a direct grant of 4.500 EUR.

Where to apply for the aid?

The aid may be granted until no later than 31 December 2021. 

The Department of Investment of the Public Service of Wallonia - Economy, Employment and Research is responsible for the administration of the measure.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The aid scheme was notified under the Temporary Framework and approved by the European Commission on 17 May 2021.

Further Remarks

None


Walloon aid scheme for business-to-business activities affected by a closure decisions in the context of the COVID-19 crisis

Who is eligible for the aid?

Undertakings and self-employed persons, active in the Walloon Region, who achieve a significant portion of their turnover with undertakings affected by closure decisions due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Beneficiaries must have achieved a turnover in 2019 of which at least 20% was generated by goods and/or services supplied to businesses that had to close down by at least 1 February 2021. 

They must demonstrate a turnover loss of at least 50% over at least one of the last three quarters of 2020 (compared to the corresponding quarter of 2019), or over the first quarter of 2021 (compared to the first quarter of 2019).

Undertakings that were already in difficulty on 31 December 2019 are excluded.

What does the aid consist of?

The aid measure consists of direct grants, the amount of which depends on their loss of turnover (calculated quarter per quarter) and their number of employees. 

The compensation corresponds to 15% of the turnover of the eligible quarter(s). The maximum amount of aid may not exceed 50.000 EUR per quarter.

For undertakings with a turnover loss between 50% and 75%, the minimum amount of aid is 3.000 EUR. If the number of employees is 0; the aid will amount 5.000 EUR; 10.000 EUR if the number of employees is comprised between 1 and 10; 20.000 EUR if the number of employees is comprised between 10 and 49; and 40.000 EUR if the number of employees equals or exceeds 50.

For undertakings with a turnover loss superior to 75%, the minimum amount of aid is of 3.750 EUR. If the number of employees is 0 ; the aid will amount 6.250 EUR ; 12.500 EUR if the number of employees is comprised between 1 and 10 ; 25.000 EUR if the number of employees is comprised between 10 and 49; and 50.000 EUR if the number of employees equals or exceeds 50.

Where to apply for the aid?

The launch date of this compensation has not yet been set and will be granted until no later than 31 December 2021.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The aid scheme was notified under the Temporary Framework and approved by the European Commission on 17 May 2021.

Further remarks

None.


Walloon aid scheme supporting the sectors most durably affected since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak

 Who is eligible for the aid?

The beneficiaries are SMEs and self-employed, active in the Walloon region before 1st January 2021, in a number of sectors listed in article 4 of the administrative act of the Walloon government of 1 July 2021 on the setting up of a resilience mechanism in favour of the sectors most durably affected since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak (“arrêté du Gouvernement wallon relative à la mise en place d’un mécanisme de résilience pour les secteurs les plus durablement touchés depuis le début de la crise du coronavirus COVID-19”).

The listed sectors cover activities in the field of retail, horeca, travel, culture, sport or personnel services.

Financial institutions are excluded as eligible beneficiaries, as well as certain other sectors such as the primary production sector, the sector of processing and marketing of agricultural products, the fishery and the aquaculture sector.

To be eligible, undertakings must prove a decline in turnover of at least 60% in the period from the second quarter 2020 to the first quarter 2021 compared to their turnover in the period from the second quarter 2019 to the first quarter 2020.

What does the aid consist of?

The aid consists of direct grants which can amount to a maximum of 15% of the global turnover of the beneficiary undertaking in 2019.

For the turnover loss in the period from the second quarter 2020 to the first quarter 2021 different absolute caps apply compared to the turnover in the period from the second quarter of 2019 to the first quarter of 2020, taking also into account the number of employees of the beneficiary undertaking.

Aid under the measure may be granted no later than 31 December 2021.

Where to apply for the aid?

The “Département de l’investissement du Service Public de Wallonie – Economie, Emploi, Recheche” is responsible for administering the measure.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The aid scheme was approved by the European Commission on 22 July 2021.

Further remarks

None.


Measures of the Flemish Region for companies

Who is eligible for the aid?

Entrepreneurs and self-employed persons that have a physical location in Flanders and that are obliged to close their business because of the corona measures, restaurants and chip shops that have switched to take out services.

Undertakings in need of a bridging loan as a result of the corona crisis that cannot conclude a financing agreement due to insufficient guarantees.

What does the aid consist of?    

A premium of 4.000 EUR and if the obligatory closure of the business continues after 5 April 2020, a fee of 160 EUR per day. Restaurants and chip shops that switched to take out services can receive the premium of 4.000 EUR and a daily fee of 160 EUR after 4 April 2020.

These undertakings whose loans are not eligible for the federal guarantee scheme, may ask for a guarantee up to 80% of their credit commitments. This arrangement also applies to certain leasing contracts. The crisis guarantee can be used for a maximum of 12 months.

The Flemish Region has set up a subordinated loan scheme, with a budget of 250 million EUR, to support start-ups, scale-ups and small/medium-sized enterprises. The scheme applies to enterprises active in the Flemish Region and which have financing needs due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

The loans will be provided until the end of December 2021, with a maximum duration of 3 years and cannot exceed an amount of 1.8 million EUR.

Where to apply for the aid?

The request for the premium can be made online on the website of the Flemish Region 11  until 19 May 2020.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?    

The legal basis for the measures of limited amount (premiums, loans, etc.) is unclear however they could be qualified as de minimis aid, and not subject to notification to the EU Commission.

The guarantee scheme of the Flemish Region has been notified and approved on 10 April 2020 by the European Commission on the basis of the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak. 12  Press release of the European Commission

The subordinated loan scheme was approved by the European Commission on 5 May 2020  on the basis of the Temporary Framework. 13 Press release of the European Commission

The duration of these two last schemes was extended on 26 March 2021.

Further remarks

None.


Flemish support for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

Who is eligible for the aid?

Undertakings active in the Flemish Region and active in different sectors (except the financial sector) that were compulsory closed during the months of January-February 2021, due to the measures taken by the Belgian Government to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. 
The undertakings can be active in the food and drink sector (unless their activity was already mainly devoted to take-away), or in one of the listed sectors, which contains, for example, cinemas, fitness centers, wellness centers or indoor playgrounds.

To be eligible, undertakings must have suffered a turnover decline of at least 60% (excluding VAT) during the months of January-February 2021, in comparison with the same reference period in 2020. 

The scheme was extended in March 2021 to undertakings that suffered the same turnover decline in the months March and/or April 2021, compared to the same reference period in 2019.
 
The scheme was also extended in May 2021 to undertakings that suffered the same turnover decline in the months May and/or June compared to the same reference period in 2019.

What does the aid consist of?

Direct grants amounting to 10% of the turnover of the eligible undertaking during the months of January-February, compared to the reference period in 2020 (excluding VAT).

The aid amounts to a minimum 600 EUR per month and to a maximum, depending of the size of the undertaking : 7.500 EUR for undertakings with up to 9 employees, 15.000 EUR for undertakings with between 10 and 49 employees and 40.000 EUR for undertakings with 50 employees or more.

Under the first amendment, which applies to turnover losses in the months March and/or April 2021, eligible undertakings could receive a grant amounting up to 10% for March 2021 and up to 15% for April 2021. For April 2021, the aid amounted to a minimum of 900 EUR per month, regardless of the size of the undertaking, and to a maximum of 11.500 EUR for undertakings with up to 9 employees, 22.500 EUR for undertakings with between 10 and 49 employees and up to 60.000 EUR for undertakings with 50 employees or more.
 
Under the second amendment, which applies to turnover losses in the months May and/or June 2021 the aid amounts are the same that those applicable for the turnover decline in the months January and/or February.

Where to apply for the aid?

Beneficiaries shall apply for aid between 16 February and 15 March 2021 regarding the turnover loss in January 2021, and between 16 March and 15 April 2021 regarding the turnover loss in February 2021.

They must submit their request to The Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Agentschap Innoveren en Ondernemen (VLAIO)).

No precisions were made in the amendments concerning the period of application for the new aid periods of March/April and May/June.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

No, the aid scheme was notified under the Temporary Framework and approved by the European Commission on the 1st February 2021; its amendments were approved by the commission on 24 March 2021 and on 4 May 2021.

Further remarks

The estimated budget of the measure is meanwhile 634 million EUR.


Flemish support scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

Who is eligible for the aid?

Undertakings active in all sectors, except the financial sector, and that are active in the Flemish Region.

To be eligible, undertakings (small, medium-size and large undertakings), should have generated a turnover of at least 45.000 EUR in the period from 1st April 2019 to 31st December 2019.
These undertakings must also have suffered a drop in turnover of at least 60% during the period from 1st April to 31st December 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

What does the aid consist of?

Direct grants up to a maximum of 10% of the turnover of the eligible undertaking during the reference period in 2019 (excluding VAT).

The aid scheme aims to cover the uncovered fixed costs of the eligible undertakings. The aid will be limited to a maximum of 70% of the uncovered costs during the reference period in 2020 for medium and large undertakings. For micro and small undertakings, the aid will be limited to 90% of the uncovered fixed costs.

The direct grants may not exceed 2 million EUR per beneficiary.

Where to apply for the aid?

The beneficiaries must submit their request to The Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Agentschap Innoveren en Ondernemen (VLAIO)).

The aid will be granted no later than 31st December 2021.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The aid scheme was notified under the Temporary Framework and approved by the European Commission on 19th February 2021.

Further remarks
None


Who is eligible for the aid?

The aid is granted to undertakings of any size, active in the Flemish Region, that started an investment project as of 1 June 2020.

What does the aid consist of?

The aid scheme aims to support the production of COVID-19 related products especially medicines, medical treatments and equipment, disinfectants, intermediate products, data collection and processing instruments. 

The scheme takes the form of direct grants, with a maximum intensity of 50% of the eligible costs. The investment project must be complete within six months after the date of the granting of the aid.

Where to apply for the aid?

The applications for the aid scheme can be made by the beneficiaries until 1 November 2020 and the aid may be granted until 31 December 2021 at the latest.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The aid scheme has been approved by the European Commission on 19 June 2020 on the basis of the Temporary Framework. 14 The duration of the scheme was extended by the Commission on 26 March 2021.

Further remarks

None.


Flemish aid scheme to support the social tourism sector

Who is eligible for the aid?

The beneficiaries of the measure are SME’s and large enterprises, except financial institutions, that can be split into two groups: 

  • The holiday organizations that were set up no later than 15 March 2020 and that organize holidays for disadvantaged people, people living in poverty, people with a disability or a chronic illness and whose statutes expressly provide for this activity as an objective. 
  • Care residences that meets the following conditions :
    • They have been recognized no later than 15 March 2020 in accordance with the decree on tourist accommodation of 5 February 2016 ; 
    • They have the protected accessibility label A or A+7 ,
    • They have health-care appliances such as, hoists or high-low beds; and 
    • They have internal and/or external care personnel (nursing and/or assistance) that may be called upon.

What does the aid consist of?

The public support takes the form of direct grants and is intended to mitigate the severe liquidity needs that the Flemish tourism organisations are facing, and to prevent their bankruptcy.

Where to apply for the aid?

The aid for the social tourism organisations will be granted by the “Toerisme Vlaanderen” agency.

The measure will be granted until 31 December 2020.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

On 10 July 2020, the European Commission approved this aid scheme.

Further remarks

None.


Flemish scheme to support tourism companies

Who is eligible for the aid?

Undertakings active in the tourism sector (except financial institutions) and operating in the Flemish Region.

The aid may not be granted to medium and large undertakings that were already in difficulty within the meaning of the GBER on 31st December 2019. Micro and small undertakings that were already in difficulty at that date may benefit from the aid if they are not subject to a collective insolvency procedure under Belgian law and have not received rescue or restructuring aid, at the moment of granting the aid under the aid scheme.

What does the aid consist of?

The aid takes the form of interest-free loans and direct grants for the pre-financing of 100% of investments costs for investments in health measures, ecological sustainability, digitalisation or professionalisation.

The aid is capped to 200,000 EUR per project. This amount will be split into two forms of aid : the first part will take the form of an interest-free loan, and the second part will take the form of a direct grant.

Where to apply for the aid?

Beneficiaries shall apply for aid to the government agency “Tourisme Vlaanderen (Visit Flanders)”.

The aid will be granted no later than 31st December 2021.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The aid scheme was notified under the Temporary Framework and approved by the European Commission on 22nd February 2021.

Further remarks

None


Flemish aid scheme to support companies active in the potato and floricultural primary production sectors 

Who is eligible for the aid?

The aid may be granted to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises registered in Flanders and active in the potato and floricultural primary production sectors 

Furthermore, the aid may not be granted under the measure to: 

  • micro, small, medium and large enterprises that were already in difficulty within the meaning of the Agricultural Block Exemption Regulation (“ABER”) on 31 December 2019;
  • undertakings that have benefited from earlier unlawful aid declared incompatible by a Commission Decision, until those undertakings have reimbursed or paid into a blocked account the total amount of the unlawful and incompatible aid and the corresponding recovery interest.

What does the aid consist of?

This public support will take the form of direct grants and aims to address the liquidity needs of these companies and help them to continue their activities during and after the outbreak.

Where to apply for the aid?

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Flemish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is responsible for administering the measure and may grant the measure until 31 December 2020.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The aid scheme was approved by the European Commission on 27 July 2020

Further remarks

The scheme is based on the State aid Temporary Framework and has a budget of 35 million EUR.


Flemish aid scheme to support companies active in the Flemish events sector

Who is eligible for the aid?

The beneficiaries of the measure are undertakings active in the event sector in the Flemish Region, regardless of their NACE code or their size.

The aid may be granted to micro and small enterprises that were in difficulty within the meaning of the GBER on 31 December 2019, if those enterprises, at the moment of the granting of the aid, were not subject to collective insolvency procedure under national law and had not received rescue aid or restructuring aid.

What does the aid consist of?

The scheme aims to provide the necessary financing and insurance to these companies in order to fund the restart of their activities. 

The support takes the form of repayable advances of a minimum amount of 25.000 EUR and a maximum amount of 1.8 million EUR, calculated as a maximum of 60% of the total costs of the event. The repayable advance will have to be reimbursed if the event actually takes place. Conversely, it will not have to be reimbursed if the event is cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak or due to related measures adopted by the competent authorities.

Where to apply for the aid?

The Flemish governmental organisation Agency Innovation & Entrepreneurship (“VLAIO”) is responsible for administering the measure.

The applications for the repayable advances must be submitted before the event takes place and, in any case, no later than 1 November 2020. The aid applicant must prove that the aided project is related to the Flemish events sector, that it is organized in accordance with a business plan and that it keeps separate and transparent accounts for the event. 

The aid may be granted until 31 December 2021.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework by the European Commission on 27 July 2020 and was extended on 26 March 2021.

Further remarks

The aid scheme has a budget of 150 million EUR.


Flemish aid scheme to the Flemish airports

Who is eligible for the aid?

The beneficiaries are the Flemish Airports, located in Antwerp, Ostend and Kortrijk.

What does the aid consist of?

The purpose of the aid is to help Flemish airport operators to mitigate the liquidity needs that they have been facing due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

The measures consist in particular of: 

  • an aid scheme, under which all Flemish airport operators will receive support in the form of a direct grant with a total amount of 1.8 million EUR; and 
  • a support to the operators of Antwerp and Ostend airports in the form of payment deferrals of certain costs and fees.

Where to apply for the aid?

The Flemish Ministry of Mobility and Public Works will be responsible for administering the direct grants.

The Flemish Region and the LOM’s (the public owners of Antwerp and Ostend airports) will be responsible for administering the deferrals of payment corresponding to subsidised loans.

The aid will be granted until 31 December 2021.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The measure was approved by the European Commission under the State aid Temporary Framework on 29 September 2020. The duration of the scheme was extended on 26 March 2021.

Further remarks

The aid scheme has a budget of 2.7 million EUR.


Flemish aid scheme to support coach companies

Who is eligible for the aid?

The beneficiaries are undertakings, active in the coach, which are registered in the Flemish Region and hold a license for special regular or occasional services.

The aid may be granted to micro and small enterprises that were in difficulty within the meaning of the GBER on 31 December 2019, if those enterprises, at the moment of the granting of the aid, were not subject to collective insolvency procedure under national law and had not received rescue aid or restructuring aid.

What does the aid consist of?

The support will take the form of direct grants to compensate the depreciation value of the bus fleet. The purpose of the measure is to facilitate access to finance and to mitigate the sudden liquidity needs that these companies are facing due to the restrictive measures imposed by the government to limit the spread of the virus.

Where to apply for the aid?

The Ministry of the Flemish Community – Department for Mobility and Public Works is responsible for administering the measure and they will be able to grant the aid until 31 December 2020.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The aid scheme to support coach companies in the Flemish region was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework on 7 October 2020.

Further remarks

The aid scheme has a budget of 5.1 million EUR.


Flemish aid scheme to support festivals organizers

Who is eligible for the aid?

Festival organizers active in the Flemish and Brussels Region (excluding financial institutions) that assume one of these legal forms: 

  • a natural person who independently carries out a professional activity;
  • a company with legal personality under private law; or 
  • a non-profit association
  • public administrations or undertakings controlled by a public administration

They must organize “a high quality, unique event within the cultural and creative sectors of music, design, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, film, procession or parades”

The beneficiaries must plan to organize this event (which has an international appeal) that will takes place in the Flemish or Brussels Region between the 15 June and the 31 October 2021. 

Finally, the event must have a temporary character and takes place outdoor for at least 60%.

The aid may not be granted to medium and large undertakings that were already in difficulty within the meaning of the GBER on 31 December 2019.

The aid may be granted to micro and small enterprises that were in difficulty within the meaning of the GBER on 31 December 2019, if those enterprises, at the moment of the granting of the aid, were not subject to collective insolvency procedure under national law and had not received rescue aid or restructuring aid.

What does the aid consist of?

The support will take the form of direct grants, of up to 500.000 EUR per undertaking to cover the costs incurred for the organization and the production of the festival. 

The aid includes the costs for the implementation of measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus, in accordance with the provisions of the Belgian authorities. 

Where to apply for the aid?

Beneficiaries shall apply for aid to the government agency “Tourisme Vlaanderen (Visit Flanders)”. 

Aid may be granted until no later than 31 December 2021.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The aid scheme to support Flemish or Brussels festivals organizers was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework on 11 March 2021.

Further remarks

None.


Flemish aid scheme for undertakings restarting their activities

Who is eligible for the aid?

The measure is called “Restart loan for undertakings with liquidity problems”.

The beneficiaries of the aid are undertakings of all sizes and active in the Flemish Region in all sectors, except the financial one. 

What does the aid consist of?

The aid will be granted in the form of loans. 

The eligible undertakings will receive up to two loans, at a subsidised interest rate of 1%.

Where to apply for the aid?

The aid scheme will be administered by the Flemish Region and may be granted until 31 December 2021.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The aid scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework by the European Commission on 26 April 2021

Further remarks 

None.


Flemish aid to professional sport clubs

Who is eligible for the aid?

Beneficiaries of the measure are professional sport clubs, affiliated to a recognised sports federation and active in the Flemish Region or in the Brussels-Capital Region. They must have participated effectively in club competitions during the pandemic and have suffered a loss of revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic of at least 60%.

To be eligible for the aid, the sport clubs must have a total revenue of minimum 100.000 EUR and a maximum of 5.000.000 EUR (during the reference period of at least 9 months related to the sport season 2019-2020) and have suffered a loss in revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic of at least 60% of their turnover in comparison with this reference period.

The aid may not be granted to medium and large undertakings that were already in difficulty within the meaning of the GBER on 31 December 2019. The aid may be granted to micro and small enterprises that were in difficulty within the meaning of the GBER on 31 December 2019, if those enterprises, at the moment of the granting of the aid, were not subject to collective insolvency procedure under national law and had not received rescue aid or restructuring aid.

What does the aid consist of?

The measure takes the form of direct grants.

Where to apply for the aid?

Aid may be granted no later than 31 December 2021.

The administrators of the measures are “Sport Vlaanderen” (Intern verzelfstandigd agentschap met rechtspersoonlijkheid Sport Vlaanderen) and the Flemish Minister for sport.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The aid scheme was approved by the European Commission on 29 April 2021

Further remarks

None.


Flemish aid scheme to support the protection of teleworkers’ health

Who is eligible for the aid?

Under the aid scheme, beneficiaries are undertakings of all sizes, which are mainly located in the Flemish Region. They may be active in all sectors, except the financial, the primary production of agricultural products, the fishery and the aquaculture.

The aid will be allocated to a minimum of 10 and up to a maximum of 20 undertakings (only one project per undertaking).

What does the aid consist of?

The aid consists of direct grants aiming to ensure that sufficient liquidity remains available for the beneficiaries in order to address the health challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak for the teleworkers. The aid will be allocated to undertakings proposing innovative projects to ensure the health of teleworkers.

The crisis have imposed the teleworking, the prolonged use of which hit the health and wellbeing of Belgian workers. The scheme provides for sufficient liquidity for the undertakings in order to allow them to invest in internal health policies and preventive actions encouraging employees to live healthier lives (both physically and mentally) in the context of working from home.

Where to apply for the aid?

The Flemish Institute for Healthy Living is responsible for administering the measure.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The aid was approved by the European Commission on 1st July 2021.

Further remarks

None.


Flemish aid scheme to support the rebooking of events 

Who is eligible for the aid?

The beneficiaries of the measure are SMEs and large undertakings, active in the Flemish Region and in one of the sectors listed by the Decision of the Flemish Government regarding the compensation of the costs of the rebooking of events due to the COVID-19 measures (“Besluit van de Vlaamse Regering over de compensatie van de omboekingskosten van evenementen ten gevolge van de coronavirusmaatregelen).

Mainly the sectors concerned are the event, art and entertainment sectors, and other administrative and support service activities. 

What does the aid consist of?

The aid consists of direct grants aimed at supporting the rebooking of cancelled events due to the pandemic. The aid is calculated based on the number of rebookings. The amount of the grant is EUR 2 per initial rebooking. The beneficiaries must apply for aid for at least 10 000 eligible initial rebookings.

To be eligible, the event must fulfill different conditions: 

  • an event in the field of arts, entertainment or recreation;
  • organised in the reference period between 13 March 2020 and 30 June 2021;
  • meant to be publicly accessible and with at least one thousand paying participants; 
  • planned to take place in Belgium; 

However, film showings, personnel events, events of a political nature, holiday or Horeca events, and sport competitions within a regular competition, are not eligible for the measure.

Where to apply for the aid?

The Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Agentschap Innoveren en Ondernemen (VLAIO)) is responsible for administering the scheme.

The aid may be granted until 31 December 2021.

Is a notification to the EU Commission necessary?

The aid scheme was approved by the European Commission on 16 July 2021.

Further remarks

None.

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