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Sum of Measures 1—5 (Total Package)
|Measure||Amount (Local)||Amount (USD)||Details||Update||Source|
|01 - Liquidity Support info_outline|
|01A - Short-term lending info_outline|
|01B - Support policies for short-term lending info_outline|
|01C - Forex operations info_outline|
|02 - Credit creation info_outline||EUR53,000,000,000||USD58,628,318,584|
|02A - Financial sector lending/funding info_outline|
|02B - Support policies for long-term lending info_outline||EUR1,000,000,000||USD1,106,194,690|
|02B1 - Interest rate adjustments|
|02B2 - Other policies to support long-term lending||EUR1,000,000,000||USD1,106,194,690||
(i) The National Bank of Belgium announced the decision to reduce the counter-cyclical buffer to zero, releasing approximately EUR1 billion worth of capital available to Belgian banks to expand lending; (ii) As of 11 November 2020, Belgian authorities have also retracted a decision to increase the buffer by 0.5%, and provided guidance that this would remain unchanged until mid-2021.
|02C - Loan guarantees||EUR52,000,000,000||USD57,522,123,894||
(i) EUR50 billion (over 11% of GDP) of guarantees for new bank loans to companies and self-employed; (ii) Regional governments announced further bank-loan guarantees (around EUR2 billion, or 0.4% of GDP); (iii) No amount/estimate: A Reinsurance scheme for short-term trade credit insurance and other socio-economic measures further support these efforts; (iv) 6 November 2020, Extension of the SME guarantee scheme and the credit insurance guarantee scheme until 30 June 2021.
|03 - Direct long-term lending info_outline||EUR287,000,000||USD317,477,876|
|03A - Long-term lending info_outline||EUR287,000,000||USD317,477,876||
(i) 21 August 2020, European Commission approved the EUR287 million Belgian loan to SN Airholding and its sole subsidiary, Brussels Airlines in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.
|03B - Forbearance||
No amount/estimate: Postponement of debt repayment due to banks and insurers by affected households and companies to 30 September 2020. As of 24 July 2020, this has been extended to end-December 2020. As of 11 November 2020, the Minister of Finance will extend, in consultation with the financial sector, the current moratorium for loans to companies.
|04 - Equity support info_outline||EUR3,000,000||USD3,318,584||
(i) 21 August 2020, European Commission approved the EUR3 million equity injection by the Government to SN Airholding and its sole subsidiary, Brussels Airlines in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.
|05 - Health and income support||EUR19,896,620,000||USD22,009,535,398|
|05A - Health support||EUR1,436,570,000||USD1,589,126,106||
(i) EUR6.4 billion in total measures as part of the fiscal package outlined in the Stability Program to adress the crises. Key fiscal support measures include: boosting health expenditure and increasing support for those in temporary unemployment and self-employed. In addition, EUR3.8 billion (increased from EUR1.7 billion) regional governments' support to affected firms and sectors, and transfers to affected households. Of the total EUR10.2 billion packages, around EUR1.2 billion are dedicated to health initiatives, with EUR1 billion for federal intiatives and EUR0.2 billion for regional; (ii) 6 November 2020, Retained the right to reimbursement of health care costs until 31 December 2021, while offering payment plans for self-employed workers who have obtained a deferral of payment of social contributions; (iii) 6 November 2020, EUR200 million is planned for hospital staff (salaried and self-employed workers), aimed at providing support measures. Further, additional budget of EUR13.07 million for consumer vouchers in the healthcare sector and extension of the validity of consumer vouchers until the end of 2021; (iv) 5 January 2020, Belgium has started its large-scale coronavirus vaccination campaign. This started with the inoculation of 150,000 nursing home residents in January; (v) 14 January 2021, Two Belgian measures, for a total of EUR23.5 million, have been approved by the European Commission to support the production of products relevant to the coronavirus outbreak in the Walloon region.
|05B - Income support||EUR17,015,050,000||USD18,821,957,965|
|05B1 - Tax and contribution deferrals and policy changes||
(i) 9 June 2020, Support measures relating to payment periods have been approved, and extension of the payment periods for VAT and Excessive Duties extend to December 31.
|05B2 - Tax and contribution rates reduction||
(i) 3 April 2020, exemptions from VAT and import duties for goods needed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 were granted. As of 23 July 2020, this measure has been extended until 31 October 2020; (ii) In addition, reduced the VAT rate applicable to some restaurant and catering services to 6% until the end of 2020 while also exempting social contributions for Q32020 for these sectors. As of 6 November 2020, this measure has been extended to allow more sectors to avail of the exemption from scoial contributions; (iii) 26 June 2020, Temporary exemption from corporate tax based on losses incurred during the next tax period; (iv) 6 November 2020, Extension of tax exemption of subsidies granted by towns, municipalities and federal entities. On 26 February 2021, this was further extended until 31 December 2021; (v) 12 February 2021, Tax reductions for investments in SMEs, as well as for landlords who waive part of their rents. A reduction in contributions for employers in the event sector has also been approved.
|05B3 - Subsidies to individuals and households||EUR25,250,000||USD27,931,416||
(i) No amount/estimate: 17 July 2020, Additional crisis allowance for certain self-employed persons and assisting spouses recognized as incapacitated for work due to the containment measures. As of 6 November 2020, this measure has been extended in two parts: first, with the extension of subsidies for self-employed persons with businesses that had to close, and second, with temporarily unemployed salaried workers receiving an allowance equal to 70% of their gross monthly salary (capped at EUR2,754.76). In addition, salaried workers receives an allowance from the ONEM (National Employment Office) of EUR5.63 per day of temporary unemployment. This measure will apply until 31 March 2021, with the possibility of extension. Also, the crisis subsidy has been extended until December 2020 for self-employed workers in all sectors that had to close, providing EUR2,583.40 and EUR3228.20 respectively to persons without and with families; (ii) 24 July 2020, Considered coronavirus parental leaves in computing for the pension of the civil service; (iii) 6 November 2020, Additional support to households and firms affected by the re-imposition of restrictions, mostly in the form of a temporary extension or expansion of previous measures. Authorities have also extended the premiums, reimbursements, bonuses and subsidies for those who are unemployed and/or considered "most vulnerable"; (iv) 6 November 2020, Flexible access to unemployment for artists. Artists who can provide proof of at least 10 artistic performances or 20 working days during the period from 13 March 2019 to 13 March 2020, are granted access to unemployment for artists; (v) 12 December 2020, The Council of Ministers approved a measure extending grants to independents without family responsibilities equal to EUR2,583.40 per month in Covid-19 support, while those with families are eligible for EUR3,228.20; (vi) 26 February 2021, The Council of Ministers approved a royal decree aimed at supporting young people and students, so that they can grant them financial support or appropriate social assistance following the COVID-19 Crisis. A subsidy of EUR24 million is granted to support this initiative; (vii) 26 February 2021, Allowance of EUR40 for federal civil servants, teleworking in the federal public service, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, for the period from January 2021 to August 2021 inclusive, an additional flat-rate office allowance of EUR20 per month is granted; (viii) 2 April 2021, EUR1.25 million allocation of additional resources for homeless people in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic; (ix) 18 May 2021, The Belgian government has extended several measures, including more flexible criteria and rules for temporary unemployment across all sectors.
|05B4 - Subsidies to businesses||EUR1,034,800,000||USD1,144,690,265||
(i) 10 July 2020, EUR45 million in grants to skeyes (Belgian air navigation service) to ensure the operational and financial sustainability of the public enterprise in 2020; (ii) 10 July 2020, An advanced payment of EUR15 million was made to skeyes (Belgian air navigation service) for terminal fees for the latter half of the year; (iii) 29 September 2020, The European Commission has approved Belgium's plan to grant EUR2.2 million in support to the airports of Ostend, Antwerp and Kortrijk. The funding from the Government will be used as direct grants and cost/fee deferrals; (iv) 12 October 2020, The European Commission has approved another EUR15.8 million Belgian scheme to support hotels and aparthotels in Brussels in context of coronavirus outbreak in the form of direct grants; (v) 6 November 2020, Additional support to households and firms affected by the re-imposition of restrictions, mostly in the form of a temporary extension or expansion of previous measures. Authorities have also extended the premiums, reimbursements, bonuses and subsidies for those who are unemployed and/or considered "most vulnerable"; (vi) 24 November 2020, The Government has approved an additional EUR575 million for care and nursing homes hit by the pandemic; (vii) 22 January 2021, Belgium has approved a measure to support businesses in the travel sector with EUR30 million, and will be granting a 70% wage subsidy on a capped salary cost, granted to 30% of the staff; (viii) 12 March 2021, EUR6.8 million support for rail freight transport for the period January-June 2021, consisting of a reduction of fees and charges charged by the state rail infrastructure operator; (ix) 15 March 2021, the European Commission has approved a EUR10 million Belgian scheme to support organizers of festivals in the Flemish and Brussels Regions in context of the coronavirus outbreak; (x) 27 April 2021, European Commission proposes EUR3.7 million to support nearly 1,500 dismissed airport workers in Belgium. The total estimated cost of the support measures is EUR6.2 million, of which the EGF will provide EUR3.7 million, and the Belgian regional authorities will finance the remaining amount. No amount has been reflected as the measure is yet to be approved; (xi) 8 May 2021, The government has agreed on two measures totalling EUR335 million to help business sectors hard-hit by the coronavirus epidemic in Belgium. The first measure aims to help 27,000 employers in the Horeca sector – hotels, restaurants and cafes, by scrapping the 2020 tax payments of this sector altogether (EUR110 million). The second measure concerns job creation and the social charges paid by employers for the people they employ, and reducing the said social charges (EUR225 million); (xii) 18 May 2021, The Belgian government has extended several measures, including allowing businesses who have had to temporarily close down due to the pandemic to rely on financial aid.
|05B5 - Indirect income support||EUR4,455,000,000||USD4,928,097,345||
(i) EUR930 million as part of the NextGen EU Program by the European Commission and Government of Belgium, including measures dedicated towards funding for education and access to digital tools and technologies [update]; (ii) EUR3.525 billion as part of the NextGen EU Program by the European Commission and Government of Belgium, geared towards measures such as energy technologies, sustainable transport, and renovation of public infrastructure. [update]
|05B6 - No breakdown (income support)||EUR11,500,000,000||USD12,721,238,938||
(i) EUR6.4 billion in total measures as part of the fiscal package outlined in the Stability Program to adress the crises. Key fiscal support measures include: boosting health expenditure and increasing support for those in temporary unemployment and self-employed; (ii) In addition, EUR3.8 billion (increased from EUR1.7 billion) regional governments' support to affected firms and sectors, and transfers to affected households. Of the total EUR10.2 billion packages, non-health initiatives with no breakdown account for EUR9 billion, with EUR5.3 billion for federal and EUR3.7 billion for regional; (iii) As of 12 February 2021, additional EUR2 billion through the extension of the Federal Government of the socio-economic support measures until the end of June; (iv) 12 February 2021, A series of additional economic support measures were also approved, including a EUR500 million transformation fund for economic recovery.
|05C - No breakdown (health and income support)||EUR1,445,000,000||USD1,598,451,327||
EUR1.445 billion as part of the NextGen EU Program by the European Commission and Government of Belgium. This represents the remainder of the budget that have not been allocated to other measures. [update]
|06 - Budget reallocation info_outline|
|07 - Central bank financing government|
|07A - Direct lending and reserve drawdown|
|07B - Secondary purchase: government securities|
|08 - International Assistance Received||EUR13,700,000,000||USD15,154,867,257|
|08A - Swaps info_outline|
|08B - International loans/grants||EUR13,700,000,000||USD15,154,867,257|
|08B1 - Asian Development Bank|
|08B2 - Other||EUR13,700,000,000||USD15,154,867,257||
(i) 24 August 2020, The European Commission proposed a EUR7.8 billion loan to be granted on favourable terms from the EU to Belgium via the SURE Program. This is pending final approval by the Council; (ii) As of 25 September 2020, Final approval has been granted by the council; (iii) EUR5.9 billion in grants from the European Commission as part of the NextGeneration EU Program, with spending reflected in the sub-measures under Measure 5. [update]
|09 - International Assistance Provided|
|09A - Swaps info_outline|
|09B - International loans/grants||
(i) 17 April 2021, Belgium is sending 760,000 masks to Conakry (Guinea) via the emergency aid mechanism B-FAST in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
|10 - No breakdown|
|11 - Other Economic Measures||
(i) 30 March 2020, Belgian Debt Agency issued a new syndicated EURO benchmark bond maturing 22 October 2027 (OLO 91) in the near future and increased the number of OLO auctions by also organizing auctions on the penultimate Monday of May, August and October; (ii) 30 March 2020, Belgian Debt Agency stops buying back OLOs maturing in 2022; (iii) 8 April 2020, The Federal Debt Agency announces that it has accepted the offers for the auction of Treasury certificates of today for a total amount of EUR 2.280 billion; (iv) Ban on short-selling stocks until 17 May 2020; (v) 12 May 2020, the Financial Services and Markets Authority agreed to not take action against companies that will not be able to comply with mandatory data provision on code of conduct risk models by 30 June 2020; (vi) 18 May 2020: Suspended the ban on short selling; (vii) 2 June 2020: Extended the agreement on taxation of cross-border workers with Germany and Netherlands until 30 June 2020.
|12 - Non-Economic Measures|
|12A - Measures affecting travel and transport (local and international)||
(i) The minority government-which has been granted enhanced executive powers-has implemented a range of measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, including limiting movement to essential needs, ban of non-essential travel abroad; (ii) 11 June 2020, Domestic travel restrictions have been lifted; (iii) 18 June 2020, travel restrictions within the Schengen area have also been lifted; (iii) 20 December 2020, A closure of borders to and from the United Kingdom has been implemented given the new COVID-19 strain; (iv) 19 July 2021, Belgium has tightened its rules for returning travellers, such as requiring two RT-PCRs upon arrival for those that have not been vaccinated, and a mandatory quarantine if either of the tests is positive. [update]
|12B - Measures affecting business and workplace||
(i) The government has announced a phased conditional on health outcomes. On this basis, manufacturing and business services sectors were reopened on 4 May 2020, to be followed by shops (11 May 2020 and 18 May 2020); (ii) 23 December 2020, Extended the contracts of young federal agents so as not to put federal public services in diffuculty amidst the pandemic.
|12C - Others||
(i) The government has announced a phased conditional on health outcomes; (ii) The reopening of other sectors and overseas travel will be assessed by 8 June 2020, while sporting events remain banned until 31 July 2020; (iii) 11 June 2020, Hospitality, cultural, and non-contact sports activities (without audience) as well as religious services were allowed to resume as of 8 June 2020; (iv) 23 July 2020, Due to the recent rise in the number of new cases, the government decided to put the 5th phase of reopening on hold, imposed new preventive measures and further decentralized decision making regarding mask wearing to local authorities; (v) 20 August 2020, the government decided to ease some restrictions, while keeping social distancing rules in place until at least end-September. For instance, shopping and events are now permitted; (vi) Schools, except universities, have fully reopened in September, with in-person classes; (vii) Containment measures have been ramped up significantly since early October amidst a sharp resurgence of cases and hospitalizations culminating in a new lockdown from 2 November 2020; (viii) While non-essential shops were allowed to reopen from 1 December 2020, other restrictions and social distancing rules will remain in place until 15 January 2021. As of 15 January 2021, these restrictions, including closure of certain shops, remote work requirements, curfews, etc. have been extended until 1 March 2021; (ix) 24 March 2021, Belgium is again introducing strict lockdown measures in response to the pandemic, with schools closing and residents having limited access to non-essential businesses; (x) 1 April 2021, Belgian hospitals have been ordered to reserve 60% of their intensive care beds for COVID-19 patients; (xi) 7 April 2021, Belgium will temporarily only give the AstraZeneca vaccine to those ages over 55; (xii) 11 May 2021, Belgium has relaxed its measures amid the drop in COVID-19 cases, and hopes to fully reopen the nation 1 September 2021 onwards.