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Countries


Albania 
(AL)


Armenia
(AM)


Austria
(AT)



Bosnia &
Herzegovina

(BA)


Belgium
(BE)


Bulgaria
(BG)



Switzerland
(CH)


Cyprus

(CY)



Czech Republic
(CZ)


Germany
(DE)


Denmark
(DK)


Estonia
(EE)


Spain
(ES)


Finland
(FI)


France
(FR)



United Kingdom
(GB)


Georgia
(GE)  


Greece 
(GR)


Croatia
(HR)


Hungary
(HU)


Ireland 
(IE)


Iceland
(IS)


Italy
(IT)


Liechtenstein
(LI)


Lithuania
(LT)


Luxembourg
(LU)


Latvia
(LV)


Morocco 
(MA)


Montenegro
(ME)


North Macedonia
(MK)


Malta
(MT)


Netherlands
(NL)


Norway
(NO)


Poland
(PL) 


Portugal
(PT)


Romania
(RO)



Russian Federation
(RU)


Sweden
(SE)


Slovenia
(SL)



Slovak Republic
(SK)


Turkey


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COUNTRY-BY-COUNTRY COVID-19 MEASURES ALBANIA-MALTA

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DATE COUNTRY SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE

LINK

April
Albania
 
Film/AV sector - Broadcasting AMA - Audiovisual Media Authority
  • Based on Article 34 of Law 97/2013 "On audiovisual media in the Republic of Albania", call on broadcasters to display the audiovisual spot of the awareness campaign  from the Health ministry.
Link to
source document
April Albania Video sharing platforms &
social media
AMA - Audiovisual Media Authority
  • The Ministry of Culture engaged all subordinate institutions to design programs, suitable for on-line platforms and aimed at different ages. All these are being published on the social networks of the Ministry of Culture including content from the Central State Film archive films, musical pieces, virtual tours, etc.
Link to
source document
April Albania Film/AV sector -  Broadcasting Ministry of Culture
  • Postponement of the deadline for closing the analogue broadcasts in the regions of Elbasan, Shkodra, Lezha and Vlora, scheduled for 31 March 2020, until 30 June 2020
Link to
source document
DATE Armenia SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
July Armenia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting National
Commission on TV
and Radio
  • The National Television and Radio Commission has issued some clarifications to TV and radio operators on how to disseminate information during the health crisis. 
Link to
source
document
April Armenia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting National Cinema Center of Armenia
  • Deadlines for applications for the Film Financing Competition have been extended. During this time, the National Cinema Center of Armenia regularly provides online consultations for all interested producers and filmmakers.
Link to
source document
April Armenia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting National Commission on TV and Radio
  • Publication of explanatory videos in order to raise awareness about the COVID-19 crisis.
Link to
source document
April Armenia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Government/
Parliament
  • Publication of explanatory videos in order to raise awareness about the COVID-19 crisis.
Link to
source document
DATE Austria SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
August Austria Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • Guideline amended by OFI Supervisory Board in April, May and June to adapt film support schemes to the Covid crisis situation.
Link to
source document
August Austria Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • Covid19 excess reserve: OFI (and the Vienna Film Fund) will assume the additional costs for Covid19-related shooting expenses, up to a maximum of 5-10% of costs from March 15 to December 31, 2020.
Link to
source document
August Austria Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • Ordinance of April 30, 2020 regulates the opening of operating activities under certain conditions from May 1. Furthermore, easing measures were introduced as of June 1st, 2020 (10m2 regulation). The regulations for a minimum distance of 1 meter continue to apply, but from June 15, mouth and nose protection is no longer mandatory.
Link to
source document
July  Austria Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • The comeback grant for film and TV productions will enable independent film production companies to continue productions interrupted or postponed due to COVID-19 circumstances. The fund is endowed with EUR 25 million and limited until 31st Dec 2021. 
Link to
source document
July Austria Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • The Austrian Film Institute has received a special Corona-help budget of EUR 1 M, especially dedicated to stimulate the script and project development.
Link to
source document
July Austria Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • "SKE Fund of the Literar-Mechana
    The Social and Cultural Purpose Institutions (""SKE"") of the Literar-Mechana provide bridging help for their members in the event of loss of fees for events and projects that have not been replaced as well as other emergencies due to the current crisis situation."
Link to
source document
July Austria

Tele-

communications

Media regulator
  • KommAustria published a net neutrality report with a focus on the Corona crisis, concluding that Corona-related additional load on the networks is very well compatible with network neutrality
Link to
source document
June  Austria Film/AV sector -production Film agency
  • COVID-19: Rescue Package for COVID-19-related Interruptions and Delays in Shooting Films in Austria
  • Location Austria is offering financial assistance for film and TV productions in which shooting had to be delayed or interrupted as a consequence of COVID-19. Assistance is available in the form of a grant of up to EUR 2.5 million per production to cover additional costs incurred.
Link to
source document
June  Austria Film/ AV sector - broadcasting Government/
Parliament
  • The government has agreed a special media funding of EUR 32 millions to help the industry get through the crisis. Almost half of this will go to private commercial broadcasters.
Link to
source document
June  Austria Cross-sector - All industries Government/
Parliament
  • 27 March: the due date for the Austrian annual VAT return has been extended from 30 June to 31 August.
Link to
source document
June  Austria Cross-sector - All industries Government/
Parliament
  • 11 May - reclassifying VAT on non-alcholic drinks from standard VAT rate of 20% to reduced rate of 10%. Many catering services is already at 10%.
Link to
source document
June  Austria Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/
Parliament
  • 12 June - the Austrian government has announced today that it is cutting VAT on resturants and cinemas to 5%.
Link to
source document
June Austria Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/
Parliament
  • Cinemas in Austria can open from 29 May 2020 with social distancing practices. Re-opening conditions: Up to 250 moviegoers per screening. Form August 1st up to 500 moviegoers, with exceptions made up to 1000 moviegoers. 
Link to
source document
June Austria Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • The Austrian film associations, in coordination with the Ministry of Health, published a comeback work concept for filming in the field of film and television during the Corona crisis.
Link to
source document
June Austria Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/
Parliament
  • The ministry has published a series of recommendations related to the planned relaxation in the fight against the pandemic, to guide the resumption of cultural activity consisting of the organization of events and gatherings such as in theatres, cabarets or cinemas. 
Link to
source document
June  Austria Cultural & creative industries Government/
Parliament
  • The sales tax on art, culture and publishing will be reduced to 5% by the end of 2020.
Link to
source document
May Austria Film/AV sector - Production Film Agency
  • Due to unique, Covid-19-related special funding for development funding by the BMKOES and the resulting urgency to act, the Supervisory Board decided to temporarily expand item 4 of the funding guidelines ("Script development funding") for the submission date on May 26, 2020. As an exception, exposés (instead of treatments) for Script development funding) can also be submitted on this date.
Link to
source document
April  Austria Film/AV sector - Distribution Government/
Parliament
  • Austrian Film Institute will accept revenue and other exploitation reports up to six months afterwards (instead of April 30, 2020). For all film projects with theatrical release 2019, the latest possible submission date is October 30, 2020
Link to
source document
April Austria Cross sector- All industries Government/
Parliament
  • The Federal Government listed the support measures for the cultural sector in place to combat the effects of the coronavirus.
Link to
source document
April Austria Cross sector- All industries Government/
Parliament
  • Deferral of social security contributions for cultural institutions.
  • The Austrian Health Insurance Fund (ÖGK) has developed a package of measures to support employers in the event of short-term liquidity problems. These measures include the deferral of the premium and waiver of interest on arrears for the undertakings concerned.
Link to
source document
April Austria Cultural and creative industries

Government/
Parliament

  • Reduction and deferral of social security contributions for self-employed cultural workers
  • The Austrian social insurance institutions (SVS) offer the persons concerned the possibility of deferring social security contributions or paying them in instalments, as well as reducing the contribution base. In addition, it is also possible to obtain full or partial leniency for interest on arrears.
Link to
source document
April Austria Cultural and creative industries Collective management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Hilfsprogramm für heimische Musiklabels
  • The Austrian Music Industry Association is launching a EUR 1 million support programme for national music labels. The aid programme is based on one-off non-repayable contributions and comprises two specific measures: EUR 500 of special production aid for small beneficiaries and a Structural Funds label for medium-sized beneficiaries.
Link to
source document
April Austria Cultural and creative industries Industry
  • COVID 19 - Fonds für Künstler und Kulturvermittler
  • This KSVF aid fund with a total amount of EUR 5 million is intended to support artists and cultural mediators who are not eligible for the hardship fund of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and is intended to compensate for the loss of income caused by closures and cancellations.
Link to
source document
April Austria Cultural and creative industries Collective management Organisations (CMOs)
  • The collecting societies have set up a cultural disaster fund of EUR 1 million, exclusively reserved for music authors in financial difficulty due to significant copyright or royalty losses.
Link to
source document
April Austria Cultural and creative industries Collective management Organisations (CMOs)
  • SKE Fund of the Bildrecht Collecting Society for Visual Artists
  • Artists and creators who are in extraordinary economic distress due to the Corona crisis can apply for financial support from the Bildrecht Bridging Fund. This fund is a grant from the SKE-Fonds (social and cultural institutions) of the Bildrecht, which does not have to be repaid.
Link to
source document
April Austria Cultural and creative industries Industry
  • Initiative "Stiftungen helfen Künstlern"
  • A private initiative, in addition to public aid, designed to compensate for the loss of artists' income through the grouping of foundations for the creation of a fund.  More information on this fund will be available soon.
Link to
source document
April Austria Cultural and creative industries Government/
Parliament
  • In response to current events, the City of Vienna Culture is now offering freelance artists the opportunity to apply for one-off work grants of up to EUR 3000.
Link to
source document
April Austria Cross-sector - All industries Government/
Parliament
  • Corona-Kurzarbeit (Short-time work)
  • Special model of short-time working can also be used by cultural institutions. This makes it possible to reduce working time to 10% while maintaining employees in an employment relationship with almost full wage compensation. AMS reimburses employer for the costs of lost working hours on the basis of fixed and flat rates. The Federal Economic Chamber is processing applications to the hardship fund for the Federal Government.
Link to
source document
April Austria Cultural and creative industries Government/
Parliament
  • Hardship-Fund Emergency aid of EUR 2 billion for one-person-business, micro-enterprise, artists, etc, up to EUR 6000 per person/company.
  • The Federal Economic Chamber is processing applications to the hardship fund for the Federal Government.

Link to source document

Link to source document

March Austria Film/Av sector - Non specific Collective management Organisations (CMOs)
  • SKE Fonds für soziale Notfälle (Fund for social Emergencies)
  • A one-off grant of up to EUR 4 500 may be awarded to an applicant in financial distress due to the consequences of the coronavirus (e.g. loss of earnings due to cancelled film productions or after cancellation of other orders/events/tours, debt after investments made, mandatory upcoming costs, additional support costs, etc.). Childcare costs due to the closure of schools and kindergartens can also be subsidized. In addition to the general information required for social grants

Link to source document

Link to source document

 

March Austria Film/Av sector - Non specific Collective management Organisations (CMOs)
  • SKE Katastrophenfond The "SKE-R", a dedicated fund of EUR 250 000 for MVA disasters, has been set up and will be used mainly to provide support in the field of social facilities in the current emergency situation surrounding the outbreak of the coronavirus. In the field of cultural institutions, damage caused and proven by the emergence of the coronavirus can be compensated up to EUR 10 000 per beneficiary and frustrated expenses of cultural institutions caused by the emergence of the coronavirus can be compensated in the interest of the beneficiaries.
Link to
source document
March  Austria Cross sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Federal Act enacting a Federal Act establishing the COVID-19 Crisis Management Fund (COVID-19-FondsG) and a Federal Act on Provisional Measures to Prevent the Dissemination of COVID-19 (COVID-19-Maßnahmengesetz)
  • The federal government has set up a general COVID-19 crisis management fund worth EUR 4 billion to help companies affected by the crisis. The exact modalities for granting support are currently being developed.
  • The support is expected to cover:
  • loan guarantees as a stop-gap measure (less suitable for the AV sector)   
  • a hardship fund with direct payments for one-person companies and SMEs.
  • In addition, there is the possibility to apply for deferral of advance payments on income tax and social security or payment in installments. The authorities in these areas will waive interest rates on late payments.

Link to source document

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DATE Bosnia & Herzegovina SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
July Bosnia & Herzegovina Film/ AV sector - Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Federal Department of Civilian Protection announced on 14 May 2020 that cinemas and cultural institutions can resume activities. The cinemas reopened on 18 May.
Link to
source document
July Bosnia & Herzegovina Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The Communications Regulatory Agency of BiH (the Agency), in cooperation with UNICEF, has conducted a survey on adequate information of citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, mainly young people, on the situation regarding Covid-19. 
Link to
source document
April Bosnia & Herzegovina Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • CRA advised the media to adhere to professional and ethical standards in reporting on the current health crisis caused by Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). 
Link to
source document
April Bosnia & Herzegovina Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • CRA called upon all licensees to apply professional and ethical standards, and inter alia, to read out all important numbers displayed on the screen, thus making such information accessible to blind and visually impaired persons. 
Link to
source document
April Bosnia & Herzegovina Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • CRA called upon all television stations to broadcast information in a format accessible to persons with hearing impairment by providing sign language interpretation. It also sent recommendations to the three Public Service Broadcasters, referring to compliance with obligations outlined by the Law on Public Broadcasting System, which require PSBs to broadcast, without delay and free of charge, urgent notices issued by the authorities, such as notices of danger to life and health, endangered property, security, and public order and peace. Public Service Broadcasters were also recommended to make all information concerning COVID-19  accessible to persons with hearing impairment, i.e., to provide interpretation into sign language.
Link to
source document
April Bosnia & Herzegovina Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • CRA decided to reduce the rate and value of the point for calculation of the license fee in broadcasting for the year 2020 from 0,50% to 0,25%, instead of out of overall revenue of the licensee in the fiscal year 2019. Besides, the deadline for payment of the calculated annual fee has been prolonged to 30 September 2020. The implementation of this measure will reduce broadcasters’ costs in the amount of around EUR 90,000. Furthermore,  CRA decided to cover the full annual amount of the state contribution for the use of the frequency spectrum on behalf of all broadcasting licensees from its budget. The implementation of this measure shall reduce broadcasters' costs in the amount of around EUR 350,000.
Link to
source document
April Bosnia & Herzegovina Film/AV sector - (non-specific) Media regulator
  • CRA, in collaboration with relevant institutions and organizations in the field of media and information literacy, created a Facebook page which, among other things, provides various information on how to strengthen media and public understanding of COVID-19.
Link to
source document
April Bosnia & Herzegovina Film/AV sector - (non-specific) Media regulator
  • The Communication Regulatory Agency (CRA) calls for the maintenance of standards of freedom of expression and information in times of crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and draws attention to the statement of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on the Media Environment and Reforms
Link to
source document
April Bosnia & Herzegovina Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The Communications Regulatory Agency (CRA) calls for the application of professional and ethical standards in media coverage of the coronavirus crisis.
    The agency calls on AVMS providers to exercise the utmost care when making editorial decisions on the content they publish about the current health crisis, to avoid spreading misinformation that could cause panic and fear among citizens, and to question their health and safety.
Link to
source document
DATE Belgium SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
August Belgium

Film agency

Film/ AV sector – Exhibition
  • As part of a new package of measures (EUR 6m) announced on May 22nd, complementing the April measures. Support to exhibitors: health measures covered; 15,000 cinema tickets bought; support to distributors who make films available at reopening; press campaign to promote cinema going after reopening.
Link to
source document
August  Belgium

Film agency

Film/ AV sector – Production
  • As part of a new package of measures (EUR 6m) announced on May 22nd, complementing the April measures. Support to producers: health security extra costs for shotings covered; increase by 20% of production grants for film in 2020 and 2021; bonus EUR 100 000 to EUR 150 000 per TV series title in prodyction with RTBF.
Link to
source document
July Belgium Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Government/
Parliament
  • Act to improve the status of workers in the cultural sector
  • The aim of this law is to limit the impact of the coronavirus crisis on artists and technicians in the artistic sector by taking a number of temporary measures in the unemployment regulations that relate to eligibility requirements, the conditions for granting and the amount of unemployment benefit, such as:
  • the possibility of cumulating unemployment benefit with copyright and related rights income,
  • the neutralisation of reference periods for the acquisition and maintenance of the status of artist,
  • the freezing of the reference period for establishing the right to refuse a job offer outside the artistic sector,
  • the temporary easing of access to unemployment benefits.
Link to
source document
June Belgium Cross sector - All industries Government/
Parliament
  • Guarantee scheme for persons and companies affected by the Corona crisis In an agreement, the federal government, the National Bank of Belgium and the financial sector have joined forces to maintain lending to individuals, the self-employed and businesses. This agreement is based on two pillars in particular :
  • The financial sector undertakes to grant viable non-financial businesses and the self-employed, as well as mortgage borrowers with payment problems as a result of the corona crisis, a free postponement of payments until 30 September 2020.
  • The federal government will activate a guarantee system, amounting to EUR 50 billion, for all new loans and credit lines of up to 12 months that banks grant to viable non-financial businesses and the self-employed.
Link to
source documen
t
June Belgium Cross sector - All industries Government/
Parliament
  • The Federal Government extended by 3 months, until 30 June 2020, options for temporary unemployment due to force majeure. Pending recognition of the status of a “company in difficulty”, companies can invoke this status to be able to make their employees temporarily unemployed for economic reasons. 
Link to
source document
June Belgium Cross sector - All industries Government/
Parliament
  • 14 April - next VAT returns and intra-community declarations deadline, normally 20 April, is extended to 5 June 2020. The payment deadline for these returns is postponed to 20 July 2020.
Link to
source document
June Belgium Cross sector - All industries Government/
Parliament
  • 6 May - businesses have been given until 24 May to apply for speedy VAT refunds.
Link to
source document
June Belgium Cross sector - All industries Government/
Parliament
  • 10 June - Belgium confirms cut from 12% to 6% for restaurant and catering services between 8 June and 31 Dec 2020. 
Link to
source document
June Belgium Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • BEA has launched a media campaign called #PlayLocal, calling for people to support and listen to Belgian music and artists in order to support Belgian artists.
Link to
source document
June Belgium Film/ AV sector - Exhibition Government/
Parliament
  • Cinemas and other cultural spaces can open on July 1st, 2020 with a maximum of 200 people.
Link to
source document
May Belgium Film/ AV sector - Production Industry
  • Publication of a guide with measures aimed at minimising the risk of infection with COVID -19 during audiovisual productions. 
  • The guide contains all measures applicable to the audiovisual production sector, all taken fomr the generic guide published by the Government and the Higher Council for Prevention and Protection at Work.
Link to
source document
May Belgium Film/ AV sector - Production Government/
Parliament
  • Wallonia’s regional audiovisual hub's Wallimages Fund's 100th investment session in June 2020 will allow projects recently selected by Wallimage to be eligible for additional funding, within the limit of the maximum contribution of EUR 400 000 per project. Therefore, any additional regional audiovisual expenditure which was not included in the initial application and has not yet been incurred, can potentially be covered by the fund. The additional funding granted will not be included in the calculation of the fund’s revenue recoupment.
Link to
source document
May Belgium Film/ AV sector - Production Film agency
  • Screen Brussels published a guide "Good practices for filming in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic" which includes tips and non-binding recommendation aimed to help the future restart of filming.
Link to
source document
May Belgium Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • SABAM is making EUR 18 million available to its member authors by allowing them to make an early withdrawal from the social fund reserves that they build up during their career (and which they cannot normally withdraw before the age of 60). 
Link to
source document
April Belgium Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • PlayRight has created an emergency fund for artists under significant financial pressure to partially compensate for the loss of income due to the cancellation of their activities in Belgium caused by the pandemic. The fund will amount to EUR 360,000 and will take the form of an individual grant up to a maximum of EUR 250 / month for the months of March, April and May 2020.
Link to
source document
DATE Belgium
Vlaams
SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
June Belgium
Vlaams
Film/ AV sector – Production Film agency
  • Screen Flanders published specific COVID-19 guidelines and protocols for the resumption of shooting for the Television & Media industry and for the Film industry.
Link to
source
document
April Belgium
Vlaams

Cross sector - All industries

Financial institution
  • Deferral or extension of payment for companies by the Flemish tax authorities.
Link to
source
document
April Belgium
Vlaams

Cross sector - All industries

Government/
Parliament

  • Compensation scheme for companies suffering from large loss of turnover
  • Deferred loan repayment
  • Support for temporary unemployment due to Covid-19
  • Support measures for self-employed who stop their activities even voluntarily. 
  • Aid to recruit employees
Link to
source
document
April Belgium
Vlaams

Film/AV sector – Broadcasting

Media regulator
  • In view of the economic impact of combating the coronavirus, it was decided in consultation between the Minister of Media and the VRM administration to grant deferred payment to the network and local radio broadcasters involved.
Link to
source
document
April Belgium
Vlaams
Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • Payment of production aid: advance of 5% + larger share in the beginning
Link to
source
document
April Belgium
Vlaams

Cultural & creative industries

Government/
Parliament

  • Creation of an online FAQ about measures intended to help the cultural sector which addresses the cultural industries' current issues along with the establishment of a hotline.
Link to
source
document
April Belgium
Vlaams
Film/AV sector - (non-specific) Government/
Parliament
  • For the audiovisual sector, the current period of 18 months (24 months for animation) within which expenditure must be made is extended by 6 months.
Link to
source
document
April Belgium
Vlaams
Film/ AV sector – Events & festivals Film Agency
  • For VAF–supported events, workshops, etc that are cancelled: non-refundable costs that are already made will be accepted
Link to
source
document
April Belgium
Vlaams
Film/ AV sector – Production Film Agency
  • More flexibility regarding administration, reporting and other funding conditions (until the end of 2020): extension of contractual deadlines, flexibility in changes of finance plans, adjustments of payment schemes, flexibility in spend obligations (if motivated) and deliverables
Link to
source
document
DATE Belgium Wallonie SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
Sept Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector - Non-specific Government/
Parliament
  • The Government of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation has decided to extend measures aimed at supporting cinematographic shootings until 31 December 2020. The measures are supposed to end on 30 September 2020.
  • This guarantee, which comes after deduction of a deductible, is triple capped according to the following guidelines: 
  • EUR 1 million maximum compensation per film;
  • 20% maximum of the total budget for film compensation; 
  • EUR 5 million maximum compensation for the total claims covered.
Link to source document
August Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Production Film Agency
  • As part of a new package of measures (EUR 6m) announced on May 22nd, complementing the April measures. Support to authors: new writing and development fund from September; new grant (Orange) for feature film writing; new funding for writing and producing animated series; new call for 'new writing' research; new call with RTBF for creative writing.
Link to
source
document
August Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Exhibition Film Agency
  • As part of a new package of measures (EUR 6m) announced on May 22nd, complementing the April measures. Support to exhibitors: health measures covered; 15,000 cinema tickets bought; support to distributors who make films available at reopening; press campaign to promote cinema going after reopening.
Link to
source
document
August Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Production Film Agency
  • As part of a new package of measures (EUR 6m) announced on May 22nd, complementing the April measures. Support to producers: health security extra costs for shootings covered; increase by 20% of production grants for film in 2020 and 2021; bonus EUR 100 000 to EUR 150 000 per TV series title in prodyction with RTBF.
Link to
source
document
July Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Production

Film Agency

  • Launch on 20 June of a Guarantee Fund intended to compensate for the lack of insurance coverage for filming. The government decided to use the St'Art Fund (Impact Fund for Culture and Creativity) as a guarantee fund intended to compensate filming started between 1 July and 30 September 2020 that would be interrupted or suspended due to the COVID. 
Link to
source
document
July Belgium
Wallonie
Cultural & creative industries Collective management Organisations (CMOs)
  • In order to support its members during the crisis, the SACD decided that the distribution schedule would be accelerated, and grants, upon request, advances on fees, advances on repertoire and social assistance.
Link to
source
document
July Belgium
Wallonie
Cultural & creative industries Collective management Organisations (CMOs)
  • In order to better understand the impact of the crisis on its members and to formulate solutions adapted to each member's situation, the SACD has put online a questionnaire to identify the problems encountered by the authors of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation following the consequences of the health crisis.
Link to
source
document
July Belgium
Wallonie
Cultural & creative industries Collective management Organisations (CMOs)
  • The SACD keeps its members informed by publishing regularly updated FAQs on permitted cultural activities during the deconfinement phase,  support scheme, unemployment and status of artists, etc.
Link to
source
document
June Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Broadcasting Government/
Parliament
  • The government of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation has adopted a support scheme  for the media and journalists, which includes direct support for independent journalists through an increase of EUR 550 000 in the resources allocated to the Journalism Fund.
Link to
source
document
June Belgium
Wallonie
Cross sector - all industries Government/
Parliament
  • The Walloon Government set up an extraordinary fund of EUR 233 million, extended by a further EUR 285 million on 22 April 2020. According to set conditions, Walloon companies and self-employed persons impacted by the crisis and filling in the conditions can benefit from an allowance of EUR 5,000 or an aid of EUR 2,500.
Link to
source
document
June Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Broadcasting Government/
Parliament
  • The Government of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation has adopted a support scheme  to assist the media and journalists, which includes a communication campaign, whereby the Government undertakes to purchase advertising space for a public interest communication campaign in all national, regional and local print and broadcast media in order to respond to the drastic fall in their advertising revenue. EUR 1,383,043 has been earmarked for this measure. 
Link to
source
document
June Belgium
Wallonie

Film/ AV sector – Broadcasting

Government/
Parliament
  • The government of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation has adopted a support scheme for the media and journalists, which includes a budget allocation of EUR 3 000 000 to compensate the sector for the loss of revenue caused by the Covid-19 crisis. Eligible for this compensation will be the daily and periodical print media, radio stations, including independent and associative radio stations, and television stations, including local television stations.
Link to
source
document
June Belgium
Wallonie
Cross sector - All industries Financial institution
  • To meet the urgent cash flow needs of companies, SOGEPA and Wallonie Santé will offer loans without private counterpart for a maximum amount of EUR 200,000 with a 1-year repayment grace period and a fixed interest rate of 2%.
Link to
source
document
June Belgium
Wallonie
Cross sector - All industries Financial institution
  • Guarantees on short-term credit lines and investment credit type loans For companies affected by the crisis, additional guarantees may be granted by SOWALFIN - SOFINEX - GELIGAR up to :
    50 %, on existing short-term lines, initially granted by the banks without guarantee, 
    75% of the increases in short-term credit lines granted to companies to help them get through this period of crisis.
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source
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June Belgium
Wallonie
Cross sector - All industries Financial institution
  • Current loans from the SOWALFIN, SOGEPA and SRIW groups
    The maturity in principal and interest as of 31 March 2020 will not be drawn. In addition, the principal amortization schedule is automatically deferred for an equivalent period. This measure will be carried out without any additional interest or charges to be borne by the company for all loans with an outstanding amount of less (or equal) to EUR 2,5 million. 
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June Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Exhibition Government/
Parliament
  • Purchase of 20,000 cinema seats:
    with the purchase of 20,000 cinema seats in FWB-supported cinemas, the CCA will provide additional support to exhibitors and distributors and an additional opportunity for viewers to discover arthouse films.
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June Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Production Government/
Parliament
  • Increase in production aid from the Cinema Commission by 20% for feature films, short films, documentaries and Lab films in 2020 and 2021, to compensate for the likely decrease in Tax Shelter contributions.
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June Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Production Government/
Parliament
  • Increase in aid for Belgian series: in addition to the measures envisaged by RTBF, the CSF will grant a bonus of EUR 100 000 to EUR 150 000 per series, depending on the budget of the series, in order to overcome the current difficulties in financing Belgian series.
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June Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Production Government/
Parliament
  • Implementation of a new writing and development support system in September 2020 : Increase in the number of aid for writing: from 13 to 24 grants per year ('12 500);  New aid for script development: 12 new grants of EUR 30 000 will be awarded for the artistic development of scripts.
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June Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Production Government/
Parliament
  • Launch of a call for projects with SACD and Orange Belgium in June 2020 : In order to fill a gap in the profile of films produced in FWB, 6 grants will be awarded for the writing of feature films aimed at children, teenagers and families.
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June Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Production Government/
Parliament
  • Launch of a call for projects Créanimation in September 2020 :
    To enable creators to develop original content in FWB, the CCA will launch a new call for projects aimed at supporting not only the development but also part of the production of animated series initiated in FWB.
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June Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Exhibition Government/
Parliament
  • Coverage of the cost of health measures related to the reopening of the cinemas: Art et Essai operators will be covered for the cost of gels, masks, equipment, etc. necessary to ensure a maximum degree of safety in terms of hygiene in the rooms.
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June Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Distribution Government/
Parliament
  • Specific support to distributors for the reopening of cinemas : Specific support will be put in place to encourage distributors who take the risk of releasing arthouse films as soon as theatres reopen, in what promises to be a difficult context.
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June Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Production Government/
Parliament
  • Coverage of the additional costs related to the Covid-19 measures on the shooting of French-speaking Belgian initiative films - and possibly series - until December 2020. The measure could be extended depending on the budget available.
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June Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Exhibition Government/
Parliament
  • Promotional campaign for the reopening of arthouse cinemas: a press, radio, TV and digital promotion campaign will be launched to encourage spectators to return to the theatres.
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May  Belgium
Wallonie
Cultural & creative industries Government/
Parliament
  • Cultural Emergency Fund. Certain beneficiaries in the cultural sector can benefit from the emergency fund and support for operators, workers and users in sectors affected by the crisis, with a maximum allocation for culture of EUR 8.6 million. 
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May Belgium
Wallonie

Film/ AV sector – Broadcasting

Media regulator
  • Publication of a report on the impact of the health crisis with regard to the audiovisual media services of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation following a survey communicated to media outlets of the region.
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April Belgium
Wallonie

Film/ AV sector – Broadcasting

Media regulator
  • The CSA has adopted measures to reduce the administrative burden on publishers, including flexibility and taking into account the impact of the crisis when monitoring programming for the financial year 2020.
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April Belgium
Wallonie

Film/ AV sector – Broadcasting

Media regulator
  • The CSA has adopted a series of measures to reduce the administrative burden on publishers:
  • Suspension of sample program applications 
  • Extension of the deadline for the submission of the 2019 annual reports upon reasoned request
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April Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Non-specific Collective management Organisations (CMOs)
  • The SACD offers funding to help authors of one or more works, part of the SACD repertoire, that have been the subject of postponement or cancellation on Belgian territory between 12/03/2020 and 20/04/2020.
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April Belgium
Wallonie
Cross sector - All industries Government/
Parliament
  • The Government has set up an extraordinary fund of EUR 233 million. Companies and self-employed persons strongly affected by the measures linked to the fight against the coronavirus will be compensated up to EUR 5,000 subject to acceptance after verification of their file by the agents of the Wallonia Public Service.
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April Belgium
Wallonie
Cultural & creative industries Government/
Parliament
  • Culture.be presents initiatives in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation that allow access to culture from home. Stay with us. Let’s take care of ourselves and others.
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April Belgium
Wallonie
Cross sector - All industries Government/
Parliament
  • Establishment of a EUR 50 million emergency fund:
    Support for sectors affected by containment measures whose viability is at risk (culture, equal opportunities, education, youth, sport, etc.). These measures will be aimed primarily at the most fragile actors. The bodies benefiting from the emergency fund will have to ensure the remuneration of the final service providers (e.g. for culture: companies, artists, technicians, etc.).
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April Belgium
Wallonie
Cultural & creative industries Government/
Parliament
  • St'art Cultural Enterprise Investment Fund: Launch of an emergency loan for the treasury of cultural and creative enterprises for the creation, development, production, reproduction, dissemination of goods, services and activities with a cultural, artistic and/or heritage content. The product would be available for a period of 6 months for an amount of 20,000 to 100,000 euros at a fixed rate of 2%.
    Possibility of granting a moratorium on outstanding loans (interest and capital) at the request of the companies concerned.
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April Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Production Film agency
  • Documents, some of them in a reduced form, can be sent in PDF format (instead of hard copies). 
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document
April Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Distribution Government/
Parliament
  • The theatrical support scheme will be adapted to cover costs for online distribution. After the crisis, cinema theaters will be able to release film if there is still an interest (the focus might however be on other films).
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April Belgium
Wallonie
Cross sector - All industries Government/
Parliament
  • The Government is committed to guaranteeing subsidies and speeding up the liquidation of the various subsidies in order to provide rapid financial support to the sectors of culture, equal opportunities, education and so on.
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April Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Distribution Film agency
  • For the French speaking Belgian films that were to be released in theaters this week or for those films where the release was suddenly stopped by the closing of cinema theaters, they will directly go on local TVoD services (Proximus, BeTV, etc). A promotion campaign led by the national film fund (CCA) “Le Cinéma belge à la maison" was launched soon in order to promote these releases and also inform people about where to find Belgian content on all Belgian platforms.
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document
April Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Production Film agency
  • Documents, some of them in a reduced form, can be sent in PDF format (instead of hard copies). 
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document
April Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Broadcasting

Government/ Parliament

  • Establishment of an audiovisual task force with media operators:
    Mobilization of media operators to disseminate quality educational, artistic and cultural content on television and multimedia platforms.
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March Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Broadcasting Media regulator
  • "Think positive":
    The CSA published a non-exhaustive list of positive initiatives in times of crisis, from local and national media, to watch audiovisual and cultural content from home.
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document
March Belgium
Wallonie
Film/ AV sector – Broadcasting Industry
  • L'école à la maison: TV Lux is offering a live broadcast of classes hosting teachers, twice a week, in the province of Luxembourg.
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document
DATE Bulgaria SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
July Bulgaria
Film/ AV sector - Production
Government/ Parliament
  • Bulgarian Film Industry Safety Guidelines Under COVID-19 approved by the Ministry of Health.
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July Bulgaria
Cultural & creative industries
Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture announced the creation of a package of emergency financial measures aimed at the cultural sector, which will benefit to independent artists as well as state and municipal cultural institutions. The support include:
  • measures declaring that freelance artists who had less than EUR 500 monthly income in 2019 will receive the minimum wage of 610 BGN (EUR 312) for a period of three months.
  • Those whose monthly income is above EUR 500 are eligible to apply for monthly interest-free loans of up to EUR 750 each, repayable over the next 10 years.
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June Bulgaria Film/ AV sector - Production Film agency
  • Publication of a guide which provides the basic methods for establishing technical and organizational measures for contagion prevention. The measures are implemented according order № RD-01-262/14.05.2020. of the Bulgarian Health Authorities. 
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June Bulgaria
Film/ AV sector - Production
Industry
  • The Bulgarian Film Guidelines site was created from the input of over 20 of the largest production companies and studios working in Bulgaria along with adapting rules and procedures from the "EU Guidelines on Basic Safety Rules for Risk Protection Against Contagion of SARS-COV-2 During Filming" as well as other industry sources. This includes Bulgarian producers recommendations for the resumption of production activity. 
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June Bulgaria Cross sector - all industries Government/ Parliament
  • 2 April - The Bulgarian tax authorities will not extend Value Added Tax filings deadlines until further notice to help businesses through the coronavirus epidemic. 
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June Bulgaria Cross sector - all industries Government/ Parliament
  • 11 Jun - Bulgaria confirms reducing catering, cafe and restaurant VAT rate from 20% to 9% for food and non-alcholic drinks until 31 December 2020. It is also cutting the VAT rate on e-books and published books.
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June Bulgaria Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Muzikautor has set up a special session of the Social Fund which will allocate BGN 100 000 to the most vulnerable groups of the association's members. These members will be able to apply for social assistance in the amount of BGN 250.  
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June Bulgaria Film/ AV sector - Production Government/ Parliament
  • Bulgarian Film Industry Safety Guidelines Under COVID-19 approved by the Ministry of Health on May 28, 2020.
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June Bulgaria Film/ AV sector - Exhibitition Government/ Parliament
  • Cinemas set to reopen on 18 May, selling tickets for up to 30% of capacity and observing strict rules for social distancing.
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April Bulgaria Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • PROPHON will pay in advance from April 70% of the annual remuneration to performers and producers in order to help them for the losses they suffer as a result of the state of emergency.
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April Bulgaria Cross sector - all industries Government/ Parliament
  • The State engages to cover 60% of the employee’s salary if their activities have been affected due to the declared state of emergency.
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April Bulgaria
Film/ AV sector - Broadcasting
Media regulator
  • The Council calls on media service providers to respect high professional standards and ethical standards, by:
  • seeking competent state institutions and providing air for official and reliable information about the situation in the country and abroad;
  • providing accurate and verified information, without distortion of the facts, without the dissemination of false information or rumors, without giving unnecessary sensationalism to events, without misleading the public, with clear indication of sources of information
  • respecting the privacy of citizens as far as the subject matter is concerned coronavirus has a direct bearing on a person's life and health;
  • paying particular attention to cases involving children.
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April Bulgaria

Cross sector - all industries

Government/ Parliament
  • The Decision provides for the payment of compensatory allowances to employers and their employees, who have had to stop all or part of the work of their companies, in respect of employees engaged in economic activities covered by the Decision, which include artistic and creative activities and other cultural activities. 
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DATE Switzerland SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
July Switzerland Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • ARF/FDS, the association of Swiss filmmakers (authors, scriptwriters, directors, writers-producers and directors-producers), has put online a guide, "Vademecum", on the support measures available to its members. 

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July Switzerland Film/AV sector
- Broadcasting
Government/ Parliament
  • Verordnung über Übergangsmassnahmen zugunsten der elektronischen Medien im Zusammenhang mit dem Coronavirus
  • The Government has launched a package of short- and long-term measures to support the media industry, providing a total of CHF 57.5 million in immediate emergency aid for various types of media. It includes one-off payments to private radio and television broadcasters, who are receiving an additional CHF 30 million in licence fee revenue.
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June Switzerland

Cross-sector - All Industries

Government/ Parliament
  • The Swiss tax authorities are to grant late penalty interest relief for VAT and customs duty payments until the end of December 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Taxpayers must apply for the deferral to their VAT payments. There will be 0% interest charge. This applies to both resident and non-resident tax payers.
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June Switzerland Film/ AV sector 
- Exhibition
Government/ Parliament
  • Cinemas allowed to reopen in Switzerland from 6 June 2020. Re-opening conditions: Limit up to 300 moviegoers, 2m minimum distance between moviegoers, masks, frequent cleanings and tracing of every moviegoer. 
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April Switzerland Film/ AV sector - Non-specific Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • MPLC SWITZERLAND has informed licence owners that licences already issued and invoiced for events or bookings can be extended on request until 30 June 2020. 
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April Switzerland Cross-sector -
All Industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Deferment of payment for social security contributions.
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April Switzerland Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • People with liquidity problems can apply for an advance from SUISA. In addition, SUISA is examining all possibilities of assistance to its members, including the granting of financial aid in case they find themselves in an emergency situation due to the coronavirus crisis.
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April Switzerland Cross-sector -
All Industries
Government/ Parliament
  • The Federal Council provides companies in Switzerland with liquidity aid totaling CHF 20 billion due to the economic consequences of the corona virus.
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April Switzerland Cross-sector -
All Industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Partial unemployment can be granted to short time and temporary employees and people who are in apprenticeship.
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April Switzerland Cross-sector -
All Industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Temporary waiver of default interest in the event of late payment of taxes, incentive taxes and customs duties.
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April Switzerland Cross-sector -
All Industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Section 2 of COVID Ordinance in the culture sector
  • The Confederation provides financial resources to give immediate support to artists: non-repayable emergency aid for artists (for their immediate vital needs, up to a maximum of CHF 196 per day).
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April Switzerland Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Section 3 of COVID Ordinance in the culture sector.
    Cultural enterprises and artists may claim compensation from the cantons for financial loss caused in particular by the cancellation or postponement of events or the closure of establishments, up to a maximum of 80% of the damage; the Confederation will pay half of the compensation granted by the cantons.
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April Switzerland Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Section 4 of COVID Ordinance in the culture sector
    Amateur music and theatre societies may be financially supported to cover the costs associated with the cancellation or postponement of events. The compensation varies according to the number of working people represented and amounts to a maximum of CHF 10,000 per cultural association.
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April Switzerland Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Section 4 of COVID Ordinance in the culture sector
    Amateur music and theatre societies may be financially supported to cover the costs associated with the cancellation or postponement of events. The compensation varies according to the number of working people represented and amounts to a maximum of CHF 10,000 per cultural association.
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April Switzerland Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Film festivals: The Fund will continue to support the festivals, no matter if the festivals has to be cancelled or not. In case film festivals are cancelled, the Fund will not adhere to the performance obligations normally connected to the grant conditions. We will also look where extra support is needed for festival organizations, whose survival is at stake due to loss of income.
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DATE Cyprus SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
July

Cyprus

Film/ AV sector - Production Government/ Parliament
  • Health and safety protocol for film, television and commercial productions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 were published by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cyprus.
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June Cyprus Cross-sector -
All industriest
Government/ Parliament
  • Update 31 March VAT payments are delayed until 10 November 2020.
  • Cyprus implemented on 27 March delays on penalties for Value Added Tax payments for all businesses.
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June Cyprus

Cross-sector - All industries

Government/ Parliament
  • 17 April update - a limited number of taxpayers are being switched from quarterly to monthly returns to make advanced VAT payments up until 30 June 2020. They are required to remit the VAT due by the 27 of the month following the reporting month.
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June Cyprus Cross-sector -
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • 28 May, accomodation and catering services VAT rate is to be cut from 9% to 5% from 1 July 2020 until 10 January 2021.
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June Cyprus

Cross-sector - All industries

Government/ Parliament
  • 22 June - Quarter 2 VAT payments have been delayed. 
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April Cyprus Film/ AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The CRTA has issued several circulars to the media, providing recommendations on how to inform the public in order to avoid panic and the spread of misinformation. 
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March Cyprus Cross-sector -
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Financial support programme for dealing with the consequences of coronavirus, including small businesses, which foresees a subsidy of 70% of the workers’ salary. The conditions and safeguards of the Plan will be announced along with the invitation and an extension of the time period for the submission of appeals at the Social Insurance Services for self-employed persons.
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DATE Czech
Republic
SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
August Czech
Republic
Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade has allocated CZK 900 million to support entrepreneurs involved in organizing cultural events (including for cinemas). The fund can cover up to 50% of expenses due to cancellation or rescheduling of events caused by the pandemic, via a dedicated website www.mpo.cz/kultura. The maximum amount for one-off payment is CZK 5 million.
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June Czech
Republic
Cross-sector
- All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • 22 June - the imposition of mandatory EET electronic cash registers have been postponed for retail and accomodation businesses until the start of 2021.
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June Czech
Republic
Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • 26 May - The government has announced a reduction in the reduced VAT rate on accomodation and admission to cultural events. It will drop from 15% to 10%.
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June Czech
Republic
Cross-sector
- All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • 15 April - tax payers may delay the submission of Control Reports until 31 July 2020. VAT returns and payments must still be processed on time unless the taxpayer can prove substantial issues creadit by the COVID-19 crisis.
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June Czech
Republic
Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Arts and Theatre Institute conducted a mapping on the impact of the ministry of health’s extraordinary measures on the Czech independent arts sector.
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June Czech
Republic
Film/ AV sector
- Exhibition
Government/ Parliament
  • Cinemas allowed to reopen from May 11, with attendance limited to 100 people.
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May Czech
Republic
Film/ AV sector
- Production
Film agency
  • COVID-19: self-regulatory guidelines:
  • The Czech film commission published a guide, which contains a framework of general recommendations and basic safety rules to eliminate the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection during preproduction and production of audiovisual works 
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May Czech
Republic
Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • The OSA has set up a special page dedicated to Anti-Covid 19 measures, informing music composers, music publishers and music users useful information and advice on the current situation and what support measures are available to them. 
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May Czech
Republic
Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Intergram offers support to artists affected by the coronaviru crisis through the Life of an Artist Foundation and will provide up to 2.3 million kroner as part of the COVID 19 grant. 
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May Czech
Republic
Film/ AV sector - Events & festivities Industry
  • The 2020 edition of the Karlovy Vary IFF canceled. The 55th edition will therefore take place in 2021. However, the festival's organisers will still offer a taste of the festival at selected movie theaters nationwide and the online KVIFF Eastern Promises Industry Days.
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April Czech
Republic
Film/ AV sector - Broadcasting Industry
  • Creation of a special portal "ČT edu" with educational videos from different areas. In addition, the group has created a new special channel ČT 3 for seniors, and set up  the broadcasting of educational programmes for schoolchildren every day of the week on channels CT 1 and CT 2 with teachers and children in the morning and afternoon. 
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April Czech
Repulic
Cross-sector
- All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Self-employed persons who prove that they have been economically damaged by the government's exceptional measures or other consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and meet other conditions will receive one-off financial aid of CZK 25 000.
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April Czech
Republic
Cross-sector
- All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • The employment protection program Antivirus is designed to help companies to protect jobs. The state will compensate companies – through the Labour Office of the Czech Republic – for wages paid out to employees.
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April Czech
Republic
Film/ AV sector - Production Industry
  • The Audiovisual Producers’ Association and the Czech Film Fund are providing legal assistance to all film industry workers regarding the supporting programs and national financial help that is available.
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April Czech
Republic
Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • The OSA supports composers and lyricists affected by the cancellation of musical performances by providing one-time financial assistance from its Solidarity Fund to composers and lyricists for whom concert fees are an important item in their budgets.
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March Czech
Republic
Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Participants in tenders for cultural activities or programmes supporting national minorities are required to inform the Ministry of Culture about the impact of the epidemic on their current projects.
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DATE Germany SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
August Germany Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • As part of the FFA Corona emergency aid program, the deferrals of the film fee for the cinemas will be extended until December 31, 2020 . The sales generated by operating drive-in theaters are an exception.  The regulation on deferral also applies to loan repayments , i.e. deferrals already granted will also be automatically extended until December 31, 2020.
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August Germany Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • With a new version of guideline D. 14, decided by the FFA Board of Directors on June 18, 2020, a more flexible payment of the cinema reference funds is possible. Since the applications for the cinema reference funds for the 2019 calendar year had to be submitted by March 15, 2020, a retroactive effect of the new regulation has been included.
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August Germany Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • The Federal and regional funds launch a joint aid program (with a total volume of EUR 15 million) with measures in the areas of production (EUR 10 m), distribution (EUR 3 m.) and exhibition to counterrest the effects of coronavirus.  The FFA will provide the aid measure as an interest-free, repayment-free loan. Application until 29/05/20.
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August Germany Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • BKM's Future Cinema program I is intended to strengthen cinemas throughout Germany, especially outside of metropolitan areas (cinemas up to seven screens, meeting some criteria can apply for funding). Increase in the maximum amount of the federal share of the grant from 40% to 80% of the eligible costs for 2020.  EUR 17 million are available from the federal government for investment funding for the cinemas.
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August Germany Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • BKM's Future Cinema program II is intended to support cinemas that do not meet the application requirements of the Future Cinema program I (from May 2020), in their resumption of operation after the pandemic-related closure. The grant amounts to up to 80% of the eligible costs for investment in renovation, modernization and equipment measures to reduce the risk of infection. EUR 40 million are available.
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July Germany Film/AV sector - Production Government/ Parliament
  • SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Standard Recommendations for film productions were published by the German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the energy, textile, electrical and media products sectors (BG ETEM).
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July Germany Film/AV sector - Production Industry
  • Temporary adaptation of the rules for the payment of down payments for the start of film shooting.
    As film projects can be delayed during the Corona period, the flow of payments should not be interrupted and authors should receive their money as quickly as possible. To this end, ARD and ARD Degeto will advance the payment of the last, usually high, instalment for productions already ordered if the start of shooting has to be postponed due to Corona. 
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July Germany Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • VDD has compiled a regularly updated overview of federal and state support measures and other options for authors. 
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July Germany Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The MWFK supports professional freelance artists in Brandenburg with micro-grants of EUR 1000 each so that they can carry out small artistic projects during the Corona crisis.
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July Germany Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture has launched a EUR 500,000 programme to support independent artists through individual grants of up to EUR 2,000. 
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July Germany Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Hamburg has launched a ""restart bonus "", which consists of a one-off, flat-rate bonus of over EUR 2000 euros intended to help artists to resume their creative activities. 
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July Germany Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Hessen supports independent artists with work grants of up to EUR 2000 to enable them to develop new projects during the gradual transition from the pandemic period.
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July Germany Cross-sector
- All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • North Rhine-Westphalia has set up "NRW Bridging Aid Plus", an additional programme for entrepreneurs that allows them to receive a one-off payment of EUR 1000 per month for up to three months.
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July Germany Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Creation of the "Denkzeit" scholarship programme for artists and cultural workers so that they can creatively use the compulsory break and develop ideas for the following period. 
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July Germany Cross-sector
- All industries
Government/ Parliament
 
  • The City of Leipzig has launched a special support programme entitled 'Leipzig hilft Solo-Selbstständigen' which awards applicants a one-off grant of up to EUR 2 000. Eligible persons are single self-employed persons with a permanent business establishment and main residence in Leipzig.
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July Germany Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Saxony-Anhalt is supporting artists through the Corona crisis with a "Culture on the Net" programme, which provides for payments of EUR 1000 per person over a maximum period of three months. 
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July  Germany Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • NEUSTART KULTUR Program
    This EUR 1 billion programme aims to support and energise the cultural sector. It includes 250 million to equip cultural facilities with a view to their reopening, benefiting in particular those facilities whose regular operation is not primarily financed from the public budget. These funds should, for example, enable facilities to implement hygiene concepts, introduce online ticketing systems and modernise ventilation systems.
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July Germany Film/ AV sector- Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • NEUSTART KULTUR Program
    This EUR 1 billion programme aims to support and energise the cultural sector. It includes the preservation and strengthening of cultural infrastructure through EUR 480 million to help the numerous small and medium-sized cultural projects and places financed by the private sector to resume their activity and to employ self-employed people and individual companies. These funds are broken down by branch, for the cinema branch a total of EUR 120 million will be made available. The funds are intended to benefit cinemas in the first instance; additional production and distribution costs will also be financed.
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July Germany Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • NEUSTART KULTUR Program
    This EUR 1 billion programme aims to support and energise the cultural sector. It includes the promotion of alternatives including online activities in the cultural sector, with a sum of EUR 150 million made available to foster such initiatives.
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July Germany Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • NEUSTART KULTUR Program
    This EUR 1 billion programme aims to support and energise the cultural sector. It includes EUR 100 million euros for cultural facilities that receive regular federal funding to compensate for lost income and additional expenses caused by the pandemic.
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July Germany Film/ AV sector
- Broadcasting
Media regulator
  • Local TV broadcasters can apply for a one-off state-funded grant of up to EUR 20 000.
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June Germany Cross-sector
- All industries
Financial institution
  • Sachsen hilft sofort: In Saxony, SAB offers loans and guarantees to freelancers and companies in difficulty due to the crisis.They provide financial support to companies with a maximum annual income of EUR 1 million, which are negatively affected by the Covid-19 crisis (immediate financial support of a loan of up to EUR 50 000, in justified exceptional cases up to EUR 100 000).  
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June Germany Cross-sector
- All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • From 1 July to 31 December 2020, VAT is to be reduced from 19% to 16%, while the reduced rate will be cut from 7% to 5%. 
Link to
source document
June Germany Film/ AV sector
- Exhibition
Industry
  • The German cinema association HDF Kino published official recommendations on health and safety requirements to be considered when reopening cinemas
Link to
source document
Link to source document
June Germany Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • An on-going report by the Federal Government’s Centre of Excellence for the Cultural and Creative Industries is analysing the impact of COVID-19 on the cultural and creative industries in Germany.
Link to source document
June Germany Film/ AV sector
- Exhibition
Government/ Parliament
  • In Germany the decision on the reopening of cinemas is taken at regional level. Although some regions reopenend on June 1st, ohthers wait to June 15 and full re-opening is estimated for 30 June 2020. Drive-in cinemas are booming in Germany. By this summer, Germany will have over 100 drive-in cinemas, making it the world's second largest market after the US.
Link to source document
May Germany Cross-sector
- All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Emergency aid Corona Hamburg (HCS)
    The Hamburg Senate has approved a series of measures that should provide ""quick and unbureaucratic"" assistance to artists and creative industries companies. These measures include grants for several sectors, including artists and cultural workers who have experienced difficulties as a result of the Corona crisis. The grants are up to EUR 2500 for the self-employed and EUR 5000 for companies with fewer than 10 employees; and will be administrated by IFB Hamburg.
Link to source document
May Germany Cultural & creative industries Financial institution
  • IFB-Support Loan Culture Support Module Corona Hamburg provides support for Hamburg culture within the framework of the ""Hamburger Schutzschirme für Corona-geschädigte Unternehmen und Institutionen"" (Hamburg Protection for Companies and Institutions in the Event of Corona Damage). The objective of the IFB's Corona cultural promotional loan support module is to compensate for the financial losses caused by the COVID 19 crisis for all eligible cultural enterprises. The maximum amount of the loan is EUR 150 000.
Link to source document
May Germany Film/ AV sector
- Production
Industry
  • Creation of a hotline and an online FAQ about measures intended to help companies in the film and television production industry.
Link to source document
April Germany Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Corona emergency aid: GVL supports sound record manufacturers with advance payments 
Link to source document
April Gemany Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • In order to create visible financial assistance for artists in need, the GVL has decided to pay an advance to the artists concerned, deducted from the future remuneration to which they are entitled. 
Link to source document
April Gemany Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • GVL, the collective management organisation for performing artists and producers of sound recordings (Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten mbH) has set up emergency aid in the form of a payment of EUR 250 to its independent artists for the cancellation of concerts and productions.
Link to source document
April Gemany Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • GEMA has set up an emergency aid programme for its members to the tune of EUR 40 million, intended for composers, lyricists and music publishers in an economic emergency due to the coronavirus. The programme consists of two stages: The "Schutzschirm LIVE" (protective shield) which is a lump-sum emergency aid for music authors in the form of an advance payment, aimed mainly at composers and lyricists who are also performers and who are experiencing financial difficulties due to the cancellation of events throughout the country. Members whose economic losses are not sufficiently absorbed by the "Schutzschirm LIVE" can apply for assistance under the "Corona Relief Fund", a transitional financial aid for individual cases of hardship in the context of social and cultural benefits.
Link to source document
April Gemany Film/ AV sector - Events and festivals Industry
  • Cancellation of the physical edition of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS), converted into a virtual online version, renamed OnlineFestival.ITFS.de, which will take place from 5 to 10 May and will consist of three main sections: OnlineFestival Free, OnlineFestival+ and OnlineFestival Pro. 
Link to source document
April Gemany Film/ AV sector
- Broadcasting
Media regulator
  • Support for the journalistic work of local and regional commercial broadcasters in the Corona crisis by the Sächsische Landesmedienanstalt (SLM):
  • SLM will cover for the duration of the crisis the distribution costs of all local TV providers in Saxony with a current range of moving pictures on the crisis
  • Awarding of a special prize of 100,000 euros for the services of local and regional radio and television providers in the context of the crisis. 
  • General willingness to promote the broadcasters’ joint projects in order to strengthen them through synergies.
Link to source document
April Gemany Film/ AV sector
- Broadcasting
Media regulator
  • Instructions regarding the live streaming of cultural or religious events as well as educational offers during the exceptionnal period of corona pandemic protection as of 19 April 2020. Not every live streaming is subject to authorization. Broadcasting to an audience of less than 500 simultaneous viewers or to a closed group of users requires just as little approval as one-off or very sporadic broadcasts. Even if the broadcast does not have any journalistic editorial elements, such as moderation or interviews, generally no permission is required.
Link to source document
March Gemany Film/ AV sector
- Exhibition
Film agency
  • Quicker payment of approved grants, higher advances on approved grants.
Link to source document
March Gemany Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • For insured persons whose income forecast has changed, it is possible to report the changed income expectations to the artists' social insurance fund. The contributions are adjusted to the changed circumstances.
  • In the event of acute payment difficulties, individual payment facilities can also be granted.
  • Monthly advance payments can be reduced for companies subject to tax. If there are acute payment difficulties, individual payment facilities can also be granted here.
Link to source document
March Gemany Cross-sector
- All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Corona virus: Information for companies on short-time work compensation
  • Short-time work allowance possible for companies if at least 10% of the employees have a loss of earnings of more than 10%. Social security contributions for lost working hours are fully reimbursed for short-time work by the employment agency. Short-time work allowance is also possible for temporary workers (but not for self-employed workers). It can be claimed for up to 12 months
Link to source document
March Gemany Cross-sector
- All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Tax relief for companies directly affected: 
  • Deferrals of tax liabilities from income and corporation tax and sales tax until the end of 2020. 
  • Tax prepayments can also be adjusted for income and corporate tax.
Link to source document
March Gemany Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Social Protection Package:
  • Access to basic social security benefits will be made easier for cultural and media companies and child allowance is temporarily adjusted to the current situation.
  • Payment facilities and postponement of payment
  • Reduction in expected income from work: possibility of adjusting the estimated annual income. If the income expectation has to be reduced as a result of the Corona crisis, the compulsory insurance will be continued in the current year until further notice, even if the minimum income of € 3,900 per year cannot be reached according to current estimates.
  • Measures for companies subject to the levy: extension of the deadline for submitting the declaration of chargeable remuneration payments for the year 2019 until 30.06.2020 can be granted. / payment facilities if acute and serious payment difficulties due to the effects of the corona virus.
  • Reduction of the monthly advance payment
Link to source document
March Gemany Film/ AV sector
- Distribution
Film agency
  • In the case of a time shift in the distribution of works: increased costs due to the pandemy in the distribution of works will be paid out on a pro rata basis, limited to 50% of distribution costs.
Link to source doument
March Gemany Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Corona: Federal states make improvements and consider journalists to be systemically relevant:
  • In the Corona crisis, several federal states now consider journalists and media representatives to be ‘critical infrastructure’, making them fall under a number of exceptions to the currently imposed restrictions on the general public, including in the States of Brandenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Lower Saxony and Bremen, in addition to the States of North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria, where journalists benefit systematically from a derogatory regime.
Link to source document
March Gemany Film/ AV sector
- non-specific
Film agency
  • Creation of a fund (FFA, regional funds and BKM) of EUR 7,5 million to cover the corona-related additional costs (up to 30% of original production costs, up to 50% of original distribution costs, up to 30% of original physical video costs).
Link to source document
March Gemany Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Help for artists and creative people:
  • Aid package for solo self-employed persons and micro-enterprises,  totalling up to 50 billion euros in federal funding immediate financial assistance in the form of grants to secure the economic existence of the applicants and to bridge acute liquidity bottlenecks
  • Extensive waiver of reclaims: In the event of an early termination of funded cultural projects and events, the BKM will check in individual cases whether the reimbursement of funds that have already been spent can be waived.
  • Reallocation of funds and flexibility of programs: The BKM will systematically sharpen existing funding programs so that the measures benefit cultural institutions as well as artists in need and other freelancers working in the cultural and creative industries.
  • Recognition of media companies as critical infrastructures : In order to continue to ensure basic information provision for the population, the BKM is committed within the federal government and to the federal states to exempt media companies including their sales as recognized critical infrastructures from mandatory closings. The staff necessary for journalistic operations should also be counted among the indispensable staff of the critical infrastructures, for example to enable them to provide emergency care for their children.
  • Additional funds as emergency aid: The BKM continues through existing budget also committed to provide additional funding for culture and media as emergency aid to mitigate the already incurred and still burdens resulting therefrom.
Link to source document
March Gemany Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Rettungsschirm für den Kulturbereich: The Federal Government will provide emergency financial aid in the form of grants, with immediate operating costs such as renting cinemas, music clubs or artist studios, but also loans for business premises or leasing installments, with a Corona emergency aid for self-employed and small businesses.
Link to source document
March Gemany Cross-sector
- All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Corona emergency aid for SMEs and self-employed persons in economic difficulties as a result of Corona in the total amount of up to 50 billion euros of federal funds.
Link to source document
March Gemany Cross-sector
- All industries
Financial institution
  • KfW Corona Help: The German state-owned development bank KfW will support companies in coping with the Corona crisis by facilitating the short-term loans.
Link to source document
March Gemany Film/ AV sector
- Distribution
Film agency
  • Deferment of payment of due repayments. In the case of a cancellation by the distributor of the distribution of his works due to the pademy, already paid out grants will not be reclaimed if they have been used accordingly on the agreed conditions. This however is based on the condition that the DFFF (Deutscher Filmförderfonds) is also inclined to to ease its distribution obligations.
Link to source document
March Gemany Film/ AV sector
- Distribution
Film agency
  • Deferment of payment of due repayments. In the case of a time shift in the distribution and in the case of the cancellation of physical distribution due to the pandemy, already paid out grants will not be reclaimed.
Link to source doument
March Germany Film/ AV sector
- Production
Film agency
  • Deferment of payment of loan claims and open levy payments. Stop of open dunning procedures
Link to source document
March Gemany Film/ AV sector
- Exhibition
Film agency
  • In the case of a time shift in the distribution of works: grants can be claimed on a later basis when the works is distributed; already paid out grants will not be reclaimed; due grants will be paid.
Link to source document
March Gemany Film/ AV sector
- Distribution
Film agency
  • In the case of locally or timed interruption of production: approved grants can be claimed later; due fundings will be paid. 
Link to source document
March Gemany Film/ AV sector
- Production
Film agency
  • In the case of locally or timed interruption of production: increased costs due to the pandemic will be paid on a pro-rata basis, limited to 30% of the beforehand calculated production costs
Link to source doument
March Gemany Film/ AV sector
- Production
Film agency
  • Recognition of own contributions in every legally possible scope
Link to source document
March Gemany Film/ AV sector
- Exhibition
Film agency
  • Simplified notification procedure for live streaming of cultural or religious events and educational programmes to maintain social participation during the Corona crisis (In German broadcasting law, certain live streams fall under the term broadcasting and require a license)
Link to source document
March Gemany Film/ AV sector
- Broacasting
Mediator regulator
  • As part of the FFA Corona emergency aid program, the deferrals of the film fee for the cinemas will be extended until December 31, 2020 . The sales generated by operating drive-in theaters are an exception.  The regulation on deferral also applies to loan repayments , i.e. deferrals already granted will also be automatically extended until December 31, 2020.
Link to source document
DATE Denmark SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
July Denmark Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Koda supports its members in their requests for compensation for loss of income from fees due to the coronavirus crisis from the various existing aid funds, in particular through the publication of an accompanying guide, which helps members to calculate an estimate of the loss to be used in their application.
Link to source document
July Denmark Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • The Danish Musicians' Union has decided that members who are particularly affected by the corona crisis can apply for a 50% quota reduction in the period 1 April to 30 June.
Link to source doument
July Denmark Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • A new compensation scheme has been created for seasonal self-employed workers and artists whose main activity is strongly affected by the ban on major events.  With the new scheme, the maximum compensation amount is raised to DKK 37,000 per month. At the same time, the requirement for revenue reduction is raised from 30% to 50%. 
Link to source document
July Denmark Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • "Danske Dramatikere", a professional organization for playwrights and screenwriters,  has created an FAQ about help packages
    and compensation schemes available for self-employed and freelancers.
Link to source document
July Denmark Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • From a temporary force majeure fund, the association grants a number of work scholarships for professional film, television, theatre and games authors with documented rights to at least one work the opportunity to work on the development of new ideas during the crown crisis. The scholarship is intended to be distributed in particular to authors whose future work will be or is already affected by the corona crisis.
Link to source document
June Denmark Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • 20 March - Small taxpayers in Denmark will be able to consolidate their first and second quarter Value Added Tax returns to help alleviate the admin and cash flow payments during the COVID-19 crisis. Denmark will also temporarily postpone by one month payment deadlines of VAT for companies above DKK 50 million turnover.
Link to source document
June Denmark Film/ AV sector
- Exhibition
Government/ Parliament
  • In Denmark, cinemas open since 21 May 2020. Re-opening conditions: movigoers will be limited to 50 people per screen.
Link to source document
June Denmark Film/ AV sector
- Exhibition
Government/ Parliament
  • The ministry of culture has produced the "Guidelines for reopening cultural productions and cultural events with a seated audience" for the reopening of seated ‘cultural events’, as Denmark lifts its restrictions on venues such as theatres, concert halls and cinemas.
Link to source document
May Denmark Film/ AV sector
- Production
Industry
  • Publication of guidelines for resuming film and television productions. The guidelines are in accordance with the recommendations from the Danish health authorities and must be updated regularly.
  • They have been endorsed by the Producers 'Association, the Film and Television Workers' Association, the Danish Journalists 'Association, the Danish Actors' Association and the Danish Film Directors, and are supported by the West Danish Film Fund and FilmFyn.
Link to source document
May Denmark Film/ AV sector
- Non-specific
Industry
  • Danish Film Directors have supported the development of a special Online platform called "Video tutorials in a corona-age” which is a learning platform that provides free teaching and learning for directors and others who are currently send home due to the corona crisis. 
Link to source document
May Denmark Film/ AV sector
- Events & festivals
Industry
  • CPH:DOX partnered with Festival Scope to roll out digitally by making an online programme available for a local audience, highlighting a selection of this year’s best Danish and international titles and by having the six competition programmes judged online by the appointed juries as well as reviewed and covered by Danish and international film critics.
Link to source document
April Denmark Film/ AV sector
- Non-specific
Government/ Parliament
  • Introduction of a new compensation aid of an estimated DKK 180 million for the media for the loss of advertising income in the period 9 March to 8 June 2020. The aid is intended for print and digital news media, periodicals and magazines and commercial radio stations, which will be compensated up to 60 % of the loss of income if advertising income has decreased by 30-50 %, and up to 80 % if they have lost 50-100 % of their advertising income. 
Link to source doument
April Denmark Cultural & creative industries Media regulator
  • The Agency for Culture and Palaces SLKS has set up a special page with a direct link from the home page, gathering all information on compensation schemes, initiatives and measures taken by the Ministry of Culture for the media, cultural and educational institutions, as well as a telephone number and e-mail address.
Link to source document
April Denmark Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • On-line broadcasting of concerts: Koda has lowered prices for live concert broadcasts in light of the coronavirus crisis to support composers, songwriters and organizers. In addition, these concerts are broadcast free of charge and without advertising to consumers.
Link to source document
April Denmark Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture gives Danish cultural institutions the opportunity to have their state operating grants paid out earlier than planned. 
Link to source doument
April Denmark Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Extension of company payment deadlines regarding VAT, A-tax and labour market contributions
Link to source document
April Denmark Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Companies can set employees down on time for a temporary period, and employees can then receive supplementary unemployment benefit.
Link to source document
April Denmark Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Companies, self-owned institutions, foundations and associations can apply for salary compensation. These will be covered if they receive less than half of the institutions' ordinary operating expenses in public support.
Link to source doument
April Denmark Film/ AV sector
- Events & festivals
Government/ Parliament
  • Compensation for organizers who in March cancelled or postponed events with +1,000 participants and events of less than 1,000 participants, which targeted specific COVID-19 risk groups, eg. elderly or healthily vulnerable.
Link to source document
April Denmark Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Self-employed and freelancers in the cultural industry who experience a minimum 30 percent drop in their turnover can receive compensation. 
Link to source document
April Denmark Film/ AV sector
- Non-specific
Government/ Parliament
  • All media support for 2020 is paid as quickly as possible in one overall installment rather than over three installments during 2020. In total, the media in April will receive a total of DKK 368.1 million. instead of DKK 119.4 million. DKK in editorial production support.
Link to source doument
April Denmark Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Creation of new Corona hotline by the Ministry of Culture and the Danish National Palace and Culture Agency. 
Link to source document
April Denmark Film/ AV sector
- Broadcasting
Government/ Parliament
  • The non-commercial local radio and television stations are exempted from the requirement that each station is required to submit new content every week. This is done by making the necessary changes to the respective executive orders.
Link to source document
March Denmark Film/ AV sector
- Broadcasting
Government/ Parliament
  • The Minister of Culture has proposed amendments to the Radio and Television Act, which will ensure the formal basis for postponing the planned transition to a new antenna TV signal from 31 March 2020 to 2 June 2020. The proposal is expected to be adopted on 31. March 2020.
  • Up to 150,000 Danes would lose the TV signal on March 31, if they had failed to acquire the right receiving equipment. As planned, DR and Boxer were to start broadcasting antenna TV on some new signals and closing down the current ones. 
Link to source document
March Denmark Film/ AV sector
- Distribution
Film agency
  • Small marketing grants for films released directly on digital platforms.
Link to source document
March Denmark Film/ AV sector
- Production
Film agency
  • In response to budgetary concerns, the Danish Film Institute ewill grant bursaries of less than 150,000 Danish crowns (€20,000) only within in the next 14 days, and these will be solely for script-development purposes. The institute will also consider the approval of small marketing grants for films released on digital platforms, owing to cinema closures. In terms of cancelled events and film launches, current guidelines will be applied, but costs already incurred will not be reclaimed. Finally, the organisation expressed its will to support the completion of cancelled and postponed productions as best it can.
Link to source document
March Denmark Film/ AV sector
- Events & festivals
Film agency
  • No repayment to the Danish Film Institutes for events cancelled.
Link to source document
DATE Estonia SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
July Estonia Film/ AV sector
- Non-specific
Film agency
  • The Estonian Film Institute will distribute EUR 1.3 m as compensation measures to face the challenges in the film sector caused by the COVID-19. Of the 1.3 m EUR, 800,000 EUR goes to support art house cinemas and companies whose production and distribution activities have been interrupted due to the emergency situation. 
Link to source doument
July Estonia Film/ AV sector
- Production
Film agency
  • The Estonian Film Institute will distribute EUR 1.3 m as compensation measures to face the challenges in the film sector caused by the COVID-19. Of the 1.3 m EUR, 500,000 EUR goes to film productions.
Link to source document
June Estonia Film/ AV sector
- Production
Film agency
  • The Estonian Film Institute collected information from the government and the Health Board and put together these guidelines to be followed during the Covid-19 outbreak in order to, despite the current circumstances, maintain a working film industry whilst preventing the spread of the virus.
Link to source document
June Estonia Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • The Estonian Tax and Customs Board (ETCB) has introduced a VAT payment delay for taxpayers until 1 May 2020. Value Added Tax will not have to be paid, but returns must be submitted as normal. In addition, all VAT audits and assessments are suspended. The measure is designed to help businesses suffering as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Link to source document
June Estonia Film/ AV sector
- Exhibition
Government/ Parliament
  • Cinema and other indoor events of up to maximum 500 people can take place again from July 1st, 2020.
Link to source document
April Estonia Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Cultural Endowment Board decided that, as an emergency measure, the County's endowment funds and panels could provide special bursaries to support creative people and also provide money for medical support. The county expert groups have a special scholarship limit of up to EUR 500 and the endowments can provide support of up to EUR 2,000 per person.
Link to source document
April Estonia Cross sector - 
All industries
Financial institution
  • State funds will be used to support businesses through KredEx (a foundation set up by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in 2001 with the aim of providing financial solutions based on the best practices in the world), including: 
  • EUR 1 billion for bank loans already issued in order to allow for repayment schedule adjustments
  • business loans amounting to EUR 500 million
  • investment loans amounting to EUR 50 million
Link to source document
April Estonia Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • The EAÜ helps self-employed creators who have lost their income to apply to the government for support under the Act on Creative Persons and Societies.
Link to source document
April Estonia Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Help for the payment of self-employed persons' social tax to help cope with the economic difficulties of the crisis.
Link to source doument
April Estonia Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Payment of compensation to employees whose employer is severely disrupted by extraordinary circumstances. The benefit provides workers with income and helps employers overcome temporary.
Link to source document
April Estonia Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Culture and Sport Crisis Package totals EUR 25 million, with the Ministry of Culture seeking to ensure the sustainability of cultural organizations. The supplementary budget seeks to cover their inevitable costs and to support freelance artists, coaches and folk culture leaders. The package is divided into two: supporting the subsistence of cultural and sporting individuals (total amount of EUR 5.2 million) and partly compensating already incurred costs and unavoidable fixed costs of interruption of events and organizations in the field of culture and sport (total amount of EUR 19.8 million) 
Link to source document
DATE Spain SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
Sept Spain Film/ AV sector
- Production
Government/ Parliament
  • The Council of Ministers authorises ICAA to publish the feature film Projects production call (Order CUD/582/2020) endowed with EUR 40 million. As a specific measure to deal with the economic impact of COVID-19, the percentage that producers may receive as a first payment is increased from 20% to 40%, offsetting with the second payment that goes from 50% to 30%, to provide the company with liquidity so that it can more easily start the production phase.
Link to source document
Sept  Spain Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Senate has approved its first institutional declaration of a text with which the Chamber calls on the Government to declare culture as an "essential good " for its prominent role in the country's recovery from the effects of the pandemic, which will be read in the plenary session that began on 23 September 2020.
Link to source document
August Spain Film/AV sector 
- Distribution
Government/ Parliament
  • "Royal Decree 17/2020:
    The temporary exception of films allowed for direct release on online platforms without affecting their status as cinematographic films has been extended to January 31st, 2021."
Link to source document
August Spain Film/ AV sector
- Production
Government/ Parliament
  • The Council of Ministers authorises ICAA to publish the feature films projects' production call (Order CUD/582/2020) endowed with EUR 40 million. As a specific measure to deal with the economic impact of COVID-19, the percentage that producers may receive as a first payment is increased from 20% to 40%, offsetting with the second payment that goes from 50% to 30%, to provide the company with liquidity so that it can more easily start the production phase.
Link to source document
July Spain Film/AV sector (non-specific)

Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)

  • DAMA has conducted a survey to assess the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the audiovisual sector.
Link to source document
July Spain Cross sector - 
All industries
Media regulator
  • The CNMC has centralised in a mailbox all complaints and queries related exclusively to the application of competition rules in the context of Covid19. This is a specific channel for any complaints about anti-competitive behaviour in the current context of the pandemic.
Link to source document
July Spain Film/AV sector 
- Broadcasting
Media regulator
  • As part of the second special edition of the Catalan Audiovisual Information Bulletin (BIAC), CAC conducted a survey on television and Internet consumption during confinement, informative content and the level of public confidence in the information received.
Link to source document
July Spain Film/AV sector 
- Broadcasting
Media regulator
  • The Catalan Audiovisual Council (CAC ), within the framework of the eduCAC program, and the Alt Empordà Education Service of the Department of Education have drawn up recommendations for the responsible use of video calls in educational institutions. The measures include elements of behaviour in front of the camera, as well as restrictions on the image rights of classmates and teachers.
Link to source document
July Spain Film/AV sector 
- Broadcasting
Media regulator
  • The CAC has launched a campaign with 20 experts within the framework of the eduCAC program to reflect on the lessons learned from the intensive use of electronic devices during confinement.  
Link to source document
July Spain Film/AV sector 
- Broadcasting
Media regulator
  • The CAA will prepare a report on Canal Sur TV's informative treatment of the coronavirus health crisis. The objective of the study is to verify the impartiality, neutrality and pluralism of the coverage given by the autonomous public chain to the pandemic
Link to source doument
June Spain Film/AV sector 
- Production
Film agency
  • Publication of a good practices guide for safe shootings for audiovisual productions in times of Covid-19 by the Spain Film Commission.
Link to source doument
June Spain Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • March. Spain announced VAT and other tax payment holiday for small businesses who apply for relief for the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. The scheme is not available for large businesses (above EUR 6m turnover) or if the Value Added Tax due is above EUR 30m. 
Link to source document
June Spain Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • 25 May - emergency Value Added Tax filing deadline postponment measures are to be withdrawn on 1-4 June 2020.
Link to source document
June Spain Film/AV sector 
- Production
Government/ Parliament
  • The regional government of Madrid (Comunidad de Madrid) announced that all audiovisual grants will be maintained and that support to Development will be increased by 50%, reaching EUR 750 000. Support to development, only dedicated to feature fiction projects until 2019, now applies also to series (animation, fiction or documentary)
Link to source document
June Spain Film/AV sector (non-specific) Film agency
  • ICAA resumes on June 1st, 2020 the computation of the administrative deadlines suspended by the State of Alarm (March 14).
Link to source document
June Spain Film/AV sector 
- Exhibition
Film agency
  • ICAA provides Safety and hygiene measures that allow activity to be resumed in movie theaters in Phases 2 and 3 of the "Plan for the transition to a new normality".
Link to source document
June Spain Film/AV sector 
- Production
Film agency
  • ICAA provides Safety and hygiene measures to resume audiovisual productions in Phase 1 of the "Plan for the transition to a new normality".
Link to source document
June Spain Film/AV sector 
- Exhibition
Government/ Parliament
  • Cinemas are allowed to reopen from Phase II of descalation at 1/3 capacity  (starting May 25 but date varying by regions) but most theatrical exhibitors are aligned for a national reopening at 1/2 capacity when the country will reach phase III, foreseen on June 26, 2020.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Broadcasting
Media regulator
  • Content analysis report on YouTube and social networks that promote products of supposed curative effectiveness of COVID-19: the CAC has identified and requested the remove of 16 videos. 14 were removed.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Broadcasting
Media regulator
  • The CAC has launched a new campaign to promote responsible screen use during the health-related lockdown. The campaign comprises two new animated videos and two radio adverts: one on using screens well for online learning and another on safety on social media.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Production
Film agency
  • ICEC increases by EUR 5.7 million its support to audiovisual, reaching EUR 17.2 million in 2020. The lines improving their budget are animation production (from EUR 1,3 million to EUR 2.5 million) and feature film production (50% increase).
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Production
Film agency
  • ICEC has created a new funding scheme, endowed with EUR 1.2 million, to support catalan minority co-productions and promote international collaborations. 
Link to source document
May Spain Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Decree-Law 13/2020, officially published on BOJA on May 18, on extraordinary measures to, among other, reactivate the cultural sector. Line 1 of measures includes a new emergency fund for scriptwriters (with at least 2 previous scripts premiered as feature or TV series) of a maximum EUR 3 000. Applications will open in June 2020. An 80 pages (min.) script is required 6 months after support is received.
Link to source document
May Spain Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Decree-Law 13/2020, officially published on BOJA on May 18, on extraordinary measures to, among other, reactivate the cultural sector. Line 2 of measures includes a new emergency fund for cinema owners: EUR 3 000 per screen with 75 seats or more, and a maximum grant of EUR 90 000 (30 screens). Applications will open in June 2020.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Production
Film agency
  • Catalan Finantial institute (ICF) and ICEC have created the ICF Cultura Liquiditat loan line, endowed with 10 million euros. This line allows companies in the audiovisual sector to apply for zero interest loans of between EUR 20 000 and 300 000, with a repayment period of 5 years and a grace period of one year. ICEC assumes 80% of the risk of operations.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Production
Film agency
  • ICEC will open in June an extraordinary grant line, endowed with EUR 8 million, to compensate for the running costs of companies and cultural entities during COVID-19 (structural expenses such as salaries, rents or mortgages, expenses for supplies, taxes and professional fees for those companies that have had to process an ERTE, as well as the costs of adapting their premises to the health requirements set by the relevant authorities for the post-COVID-19 period). Officially published on May 21st.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Production
Film agency
  • ICEC has made all the procedures of its subsidy lines more flexible in order to meet the current needs of the sector: line resolutions have been advanced to finance the working needs of companies and entities in the sector; all subsidy lines will be approved and convened in May and June, before the usual period; relaxation in the minimum theatrical screens exhibition requirement; etc.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Production
Film agency
  • The ICAA publishes a Good Practice Guide on Special Measures for Audiovisual Productions in the Face of the COVID Pandemic19 , in connection with the regulations approved by the Ministry of Health for de-escalation in the field of filming. 
Link to source doument
May Spain Film/AV sector 
(non-specific)
Government/ Parliament
  • Plan for the Transition towards a new normality. Annex II.(Guidance forecast for the lifting of the national limitations established in the State of Alarm, and transition phases towards a new normality) allows the start of shooting from Phase I and the limited reopening of cinemas (1/3 then 1/2 capacity) from Phase II.
Link to source doument
May Spain Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The regional Government of Madrid (Comunidad de Madrid) has injected EUR 1 million into the Guarantee Society Crea SGR (Sociedad de Garantía Recíproca Audiovisual Fianzas SGR) to guarantee access of SMEs in the cultural sector to funding. Crea SGR will promote, in collaboration with the financial entities that wish to participate, lines of financing aimed at companies in the cultural sector for a total amount of EUR 20 million. Support per company from EUR 20 000 to EUR 100 000.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Events & festivals
Industry
  • Regulations for next edition of Goya Awards are exceptionally relaxed to accommodate the films that were scheduled to be released in theaters and have been forced to do so in streaming, as a result of the closing of theaters caused by Covid-19.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Broadcasting
Industry
  • Galician regional public broadcaster (CRTVG) is supporting companies by: keeping the core programming (and thus the hundreds of workers' and service providers' contracts); contracting new audiovisual products which have emerged in the crisis (educational, social, cultural); reinforcing web services with music concerts; etc.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Production
Industry
  • Galician regional public broadcaster (CRTVG) is improving conditions for companies with supported projects for (co)production: payment delays are being reduced.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Broadcasting
Industry
  • Galician regional public broadcaster (CRTVG) is supporting companies by increasing the investment in local productions, specifically Galician documentaries produced without the support of CRTVG.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Production
Industry
  • Galician regional public broadcaster (CRTVG) is accepting projects from local companies for the production of: one documentary on the coronavirus (offering priviledged access to the channel's archives); and the production of audiovisual versions (shot in studio) of recent Galician theater plays.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Production
Industry
  • Galician regional public broadcaster (CRTVG) is relaxating conditions for companies with supported projects for (co)production: procedures can be managed digitally; deliveries can be postponed; selection process and contract formalization are accelerated in order to allow companies to use confinement time in pre-production of projects.
Link to source document
May Spain Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • For a period of two years from the entry into force of Royal Decree 17/2020, the minimum percentages of amounts collected by CMOs that are pending allocation (provided for in Article 177.6 of the revised text of the Intellectual Property Law), may modified by the CMOs.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Distribution
Government/ Parliament

Royal Decree 17/2020

  • Deadlines are extended for communicating final costs, for delivering master copy, for commercial release of the film and for reporting incomes from commercial distribution.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Production
Government/ Parliament Royal Decree 17/2020.
  • Number of minimum screens demanded decreased. Decrease of minimum amount demanded to be invested in P&A.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Production
Government/ Parliament Royal Decree 17/2020
  • With the aim of attracting more international productions, shooting, promoting co-productions and increasing the activity of the audiovisual industry in Spain, registered producers will be entitled to an increased tax deduction for expenses incurred in Spain: a) 30% with respect to the first million base of the deduction and b) 25% over the excess of said amount. The maximum deductible amount is increased from EUR 3 million to EUR 10 million.
Link to source document
May Spain Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament Royal Decree 17/2020
  • Extraordinary access to unemployment benefits to artists (intermittent workers) for a period of up to 180 days, depending on the period of occupation listed in the previous year. 
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Exhibition
Government/ Parliament
  • Update August 2020: Applicarions now open. Royal Decree 17/2020
  • An Extraordinary Social Fund of EUR 13,252,000 has been created to support cinematographic exhibition in movie theaters and compensate losses.This aid is intended to cover the following costs incurred by cinemas in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 crisis:
  • a) Incidental costs generated as a result of the health measures adopted. Among others, implementation of a risk prevention plan for workers and the public, disinfection, purchase of material - masks, gloves, disinfectant soap, screens - or specific signage, among other elements and actions necessary for the protection and safety of persons
  • b) Campaigns aimed at the reopening and return of the public to the cinemas.
  • c) Actions to increase the programming of school campaigns.
  • d) Advertising space for the promotion and trailer of Spanish cinema in cinemas, as well as institutional campaigns.
Link to source document
May Spain Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament Royal Decree 17/2020
  • Payment of eligible expenses carried out even when the projects or activities have not been able to be pursued, totally or partially, due to the COVID19. In turn, professionals in the artistic sector will be able to receive advances and compensation in case of postponement or cancellation of the actions contracted with the public sector, provided that the contracts do not exceed EUR 50,000.
Link to source document
May Spain Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament Royal Decree 17/2020
  • The Ministry of Culture and Sports will inject EUR 20 million into the Guarantee Society Crea SGR (Sociedad de Garantía Recíproca Audiovisual Fianzas SGR) to guarantee access of SMEs in the cultural sector to funding. Crea SGR will promote, in collaboration with the financial entities that wish to participate, the following lines of financing aimed at companies in the cultural sector for a total amount of EUR 780 million:
  • Audiovisual Line.
  • Performing Arts Line.
  • Music Industry Line.
  • Book Industry Line.
  • Fine Arts Line.
  • Other companies in the cultural sector line.
  • Each line will finance projects in its own field and will receive a minimum amount of EUR 40 million.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Production
Government/ Parliament Royal Decree 17/2020
  • As an exception to ordinary provisions, grant recipients for the production of feature films will receive, upon request, 50% of the aid granted without the need to have communicated the start of filming to the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts, or the competent regional body.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Distribution
Government/ Parliament Royal Decree 17/2020
  • Films allowed for direct release on online platforms, including grant beneficiaries requiring a mandatory theatrical release and without affecting their status as cinematographic films.This temporary exception runs until 31 August 2020.
Link to source document
May Spain Film/AV sector 
- Broadcasting
Media regulator
  • As part of its EduCAC programme, the Catalan Audiovisual Council (CAC) has launched an audiovisual campaign to combat misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to encourage the responsible use of screens during the lockdown.
Link to source document
May Spain Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • AISGE offers advances to its members, the amount of which depends on the income that candidates have received from AISGE over the last three years. In the first two weeks of the pandemic, the advances paid by AISGE amounted to EUR 500 000.
Link to source document
May Spain Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • AISGE has set up a dedicated page "Covid19 - AISGE Foundation 2020 social assistance programmes" and a hotline to inform its members of the support measures available to them (both from AISGE and/or its Foundation and from the public sector), as well as to assist them with any request for support or specific aid measures.
Link to source document
May Spain Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Basic Needs Project: AISGE provides a benefit linked to an individualised follow-up programme proposed by the team of social workers, which consists of financial assistance for social protection for people who have no income or whose low income does not allow them to cover their basic needs. The amount of this emergency benefit is EUR 406 per month on average, and it is applied for a limited period of time: three or six months depending on actual needs as verified by the team of social workers.
Link to source document
May Spain Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • EUR 8.5 million was allocated by the AISGE Foundation to finance economic and social assistance projects for AISGE members (actors, dancers, dubbing actors, directors and other audiovisual performers) who are in need or are particularly vulnerable to the economic impact of COVID19 , irrespective of their age and/or the income received by AISGE in previous years.
Link to source document
May Spain Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Program for the elderly: Social intervention and financial support project consisting of a monthly allowance for beneficiaries over 65 years of age and beneficiaries between 60 and 65 years of age who have pensioner status. The financial support varies from EUR 100.00 to EUR 590.00 per month. 
Link to source document
May Spain Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • AISGE has decided to invest in quality training and retraining projects adapted to the current situation (network projects, with the possibility of interaction with teachers and other students, etc.) in order to improve the group's vocational training to facilitate their employability as soon as possible. To this end, various courses are already being developed for all the Foundation's beneficiaries regardless of their place of residence.
Link to source document
May Spain Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • "Our Elder, Our Priority": The AISGE Foundation has launched a solidariy program for the most aged members of AISGE, securing them the delivery of medicines and food at their home.
Link to source document
April Spain Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Directorate-General for Culture of the Canary Islands has launched a package of measures to support the cultural sector, with a budget of EUR 2.6 million, which includes the creation of 2 calls for creative projects in the fields of culture: one call of EUR 700,000 addressed to the professionals of the cultural industry, and another call of EUR 100,000 for initiatives by individuals dedicated to culture. Both will be managed by the public company Canarias Cultura en Red, which will be in charge of publishing the rules and organizing the selection process.
Link to source document
April Spain Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Self-employed workers registred under the Special Scheme for Workers Self-employed (RETA) and are affected by suspension of activities fell by 75% can be accredit based on the annual average.
Link to source document
April Spain Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Directorate-General for Culture of the Canary Islands has launched a package of measures to support the cultural sector, with a budget of EUR 2.6 million, which includes the creation of a line of subsidies aimed at financing operating expenses as well as those derived from the cancellation or suspension of cultural activities as a result of the state of alarm, with an endowment of EUR 1,500,000.
Link to source document
April Spain Film/AV sector 
- Broadcasting
Media regulator
  • The Consejo Audiovisual de Andalucía (audiovisual regulator for Andalusia, CAA) calls on the media to be responsible and rigorous in their reporting of alleged shortages in supermarkets, in particular by asking to avoid dramatic and unnecessary repetition of alarmist images.
Link to source document
April Spain Film/AV sector 
- Production
Film agency
  • ICAA, Academia del Cine, Asociación Cultural Española and Netflix announced on April 15, 2020 the creation of a new emergency fund with the aim of providing short-term emergency support to the workers and crews of the Spanish audiovisual industry directly affected by the crisis linked to the Coronavirus. Netflix makes available EUR 1 million to the Spanish organisations, who will handle ithe fund jointly. Applications opened from 14 to 29 May 2020.
Link to source document
April Spain Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) "Authors' Helpline"- Eligibility for State Aid
  • The SGAE will advise the most vulnerable authors in the request for public support for COVID-19, in order to help them understand and, if necessary, request from the different corresponding administrations the public aid that is being mobilised as a result of the current health emergency. In addition, the SGAE also offered its support to the Spanish administrations responsible for creating support measures for authors and publishers.
Link to source document
April Spain Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) "SGAE-CORONA Fund":
  • The SGAE has increased its already existing aid fund of EUR 8 million by EUR 7 million for the financial and social support of its members. One of these measures is the creation of a special fund, which provides aid of up to EUR 3 000 to support SGAE members who are seriously affected by the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and by the cessation of professional activity and who, because of their characteristics, cannot benefit from other aid or support services provided by SGAE.
Link to source document
April Spain Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) Social emergency assistance
  • The SGAE has increased its already existing aid fund of EUR 8 million by EUR 7 million for the financial and social support of its members. One of these measures is aimed at the most vulnerable members threatened by social exclusion and takes the form of the possibility to apply for loans and advances, under the conditions laid down in the SGAE regulation. In addition, the company offers members an instant loan line, equivalent to 30 % of the last payment made.
Link to source document
April Spain Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Emotional solidarity between members: A member volunteering initiative has been created, consisting of telephone support for older members who experience isolation and loneliness during confinement.
Link to source document
April Spain Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Social Measures - Meals on Wheels Service for Seniors at Risk:This service will ensure the delivery of meals to the homes of our senior members during the alert period. Members over 70 years of age who live alone or with dependants can request this assistance by e-mail.
Link to source document
April Spain Film/AV sector 
- Distribution
Film agency
  • The qualification of Films and Audiovisual works can be done digitally (no physical presence needed) from April 8, 2020.
Link to source document
April Spain Film/AV sector 
(non-specific)
Government/ Parliament
  • Royal Decree-Law 11/2020, of 31 March, adopting additional urgent measures to address the economic and social impact of COVID-19: Application of the extraordinary measures on employment commitment (commitment by the company to maintain employment for a period of 6 months from the date of resumption of activity) Royal Decree-Law 8/2020 to companies in the performing arts, music, film and audiovisual sectors.
Link to source document
April Spain Film/AV sector 
- Broadcasting
Government/ Parliament
  • Royal Decree-Law 11/2020, of 31 March, adopting additional urgent measures to address the economic and social impact of COVID-19: DTT broadcasters will receive ""temporary compensation for certain costs of compulsory population coverage"" in the form of a EUR 15 million grant provided by the government.
Link to source document
April Spain Film/AV sector 
- Broadcasting
Government/ Parliament
  • Royal Decree-Law 11/2020, of 31 March, adopting additional urgent measures to address the economic and social impact of COVID-19: commercial communications that implicitly or expressly refer to the exceptional situation resulting from COVID-19 or that challenge the consumption of gambling activities in this context are prohibited.
Link to source document
March Spain Cross-sector 
- All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Royal Decree-Law 8/2020 of 17 March on extraordinary emergency measures to address the economic and social impact of COVID-19:
  • Guarantee scheme to companies and self-employed to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak; 
  • Article 29 enables Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation to grant up to EUR 100 billion in guarantees to private sector loans of companies and self-employed that undergo financial difficulties as a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • An Agreement of the Council of Ministers will develop the conditions of these guarantees and release a first tranche of up to EUR 20 billion of guarantees to cover loans and refinancing operations of self-employed and companies granted by credit institutions, financial credit establishments, electronic money entities and payment entities
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DATE Finland SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
August Finland Film/AV sector 
- Production
Film agency
  • The Ministry of Education and Culture grants additional funding of EUR 5 million to the Finnish Film Foundation. The funding is intended for production subsidies for domestic films and drama series.
Link to source document
June  Finland Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • 27 March - Finland is providing a range of Value Added Tax easements to help businesses cope with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic: late payment penalties and interest charges will be waived on overdue payments until 31 August 2020. The first repayment of delayed VAT is due by 30 November 2020, with a reduced interest charge of 4%.
Link to source document
June  Finland Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • 8 May - late tax payments will be subject to a reduced late interest charge of 4% instead of 7% until 31 August.
Link to source document
June  Finland Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • 25 April - Finland is to offer VAT loans during the coronavirus crises. This enables  businesses to apply for a temporary refund of VAT payments they have made on their returns in 2020. There will be an interest charge of 3%.
Link to source document
June  Finland Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • GRAMEX will distribute approximately EUR 11 million in compensation by the end of April - approximately 9 000 of Gramex's direct customers will receive compensation.
Link to source document
June  Finland Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • GRAMEX has offered to suspend contracts for companies suffering from the shutdown in order to avoid termination of contracts. In addition, invoicing can be postponed and deferred payment plans are possible.
Link to source document
June  Finland Film/AV sector 
- Exhibition
Government/ Parliament
  • In Finland, cinemas can reopen from June 1st, with the lifting of some measures permiting gatherings of up to 50 people. The loosened restrictions serve as a recommendation for private sector.
Link to source document
June  Finland Film/AV sector 
- Exhibition
Film agency
  • The Finnish Film Foundation has received 1 million euros from the Ministry of Education and Culture to help relieve the situation of cinemas during the restrictions on public gatherings caused by the Covid-19 pandemia. The aim is to secure the future operation of cinemas nationwide.
Link to source document
June  Finland Film/AV sector 
- Events & festivals
Film agency
  • The Finnish Film Foundation has received 1 million euros from the Ministry of Education and Culture to help relieve the situation of film festivals during the restrictions on public gatherings caused by the Covid-19 pandemia. The aim is to ensure that organizations responsible for film festivals (that have had to cancel or postpone their event during March 13 – May 31, 2020) can continue their activities.
Link to source document
April Finland Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes network has announced an open call for art projects related to themes such as the state of emergency, radical change, resilience, artistic practice in the future, alone together. The project will act as a documentation of the COVID-19 crisis and gives the artists an opportunity to reflect it through the arts. The application is open to all Finnish and Finland-based professional artists who have lost work opportunities due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Institutes are commissioning projects from selected artists or artistic groups to be completed by June 30, 2020. The total grant of an individual project is between EUR 1.500–5.000.
Link to source document
April Finland Film/AV sector 
(non-specific)
Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Transport and Communications will urgently launch a study on the support measures that could be introduced to sustain journalism in the exceptional situation caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The study will examine the need for and allocation of rapid support and the criteria for granting this support. The aim is also to determine whether entirely new forms of support are needed.
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April Finland Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Business Finland (the Finnish government organization for innovation funding and trade, travel and investment promotion) has provided funding for SMEs and midcap companies whose business is affected by coronavirus outbreak. This funding is specifically targeted, among others, at creative sector.
Link to source document
April Finland Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Education and Culture, together with several foundations and Arts Promotion Centre Finland granted a swift assistance of EUR 1.5 million to arts and culture professionals who have been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak, via the Arts Promotion Centre (Taike). Foundations will also grant significant sums in aid through their own channels.
Link to source document
April Finland Film/AV sector 
- Production
Industry
  • The Association of Journalists, the Finnish Audiovisual Content Producers 'Advocate APFI, the Actors' Association, the Association of Theater and Media Workers Teme and the Finnish Film Foundation SES have jointly specified guidelines aimed at avoiding coronavirus infections in audiovisual productions.
Link to source document
April Finland Film/AV sector 
- Production
Industry
  • The Association of Journalists, the Finnish Audiovisual Content Producers 'Advocate APFI, the Actors' Association, the Association of Theater and Media Workers Teme and the Finnish Film Foundation SES have jointly specified guidelines aimed at avoiding coronavirus infections in audiovisual productions.
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April Finland Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Authors and publishers who are Teosto customers can now easily request an advance payment of their royalties. The criteria for advance payment have been extended: it can be granted if their royalties have exceeded EUR 5,000 per year over the previous two years. 
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April Finland Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Since many businesses and communities have moved from live performance to live broadcasting, Teosto has temporarily decided that all music licences purchased for free consumer events also include a licence for live broadcasting. Paid events require a licence. Licences may also be cancelled and modified at a later date.
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April Finland Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Finnish foundations, the Ministry of Education and Culture, and Arts Promotion Centre Finland are opening a new emergency fund to grant swift assistance to arts and culture professionals. Funding totalling approximately EUR 1.5 million will be apportioned during April via the Arts Promotion Centre (Taike).
Link to source document
April Finland Film/AV sector 
(non-specific)
Film agency
  • The Finnish Film Foundation will guarantee flexibility in terms of the timetables for support use and reporting, inviting recipients to notify it of changes in a timely manner.
Link to source document
April Finland Film/AV sector 
(non-specific)
Government/ Parliament
  • The movement restrictions imposed in the Region of Uusimaa do not apply to essential work-related travel and have no impact whatsoever on the work of media. Efforts have also been made to ensure reasonable working conditions for the media at Government press conferences by sharing live stream links and photographs for general use. Arrangements have also been made with the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE and the Finnish News Agency STT/Lehtikuva to ensure that all media have access to live broadcasts and photographs free of charge. To prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease, media are no longer invited to press conferences. Instead, technical facilities are provided that enable journalists to ask questions directly over a video service.
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August France Film/AV sector 
- Production
Film agency
  • CNC’s indemnity fund (EUR 50m) aimed at protecting shootings. Started as a public fund accessible to all film shoots revived or initiated since 11 May 2020; expenses incurred by French or majority French productions which are forced to halt filming for reasons relating to COVID-19 will be covered up to the value of 20% of their insured capital, with a ceiling of €1.2m.
Link to
source document
August France Film/AV sector 
- Exhibition
Film agency
  • Payment of financial support to cinemas with "difficult programmes" (EUR 1,7m).
Link to
source document
August France Film/AV sector 
- Events & festivals
Film agency
  • Grants to events and festivals cancelled due to health reasons will be integrally maintained in their aproved amounts (EUR 8,3m)
Link to
source document
August France Film/AV sector 
- Exhibition
Film agency
  • Postponement of the April payment by exhibitors of the tax on cinema tickets.
Link to
source document
August France Film/AV sector 
(non-specific)
Film agency
  • French Prime Minister announced an endowment of EUR 165m for the CNC, EUR 60m of which is intended to fill the financial hole created by the crisis within the support fund (which producers can dip into so as to initiate new projects). The remaining EUR 105m will be spent on targeted support measures,  with a particular emphasis on cinema operators.
Link to
source document
August France Film/AV sector 
- Production
Financial institution
  • Doubling of the COVID-19 guarantee for film and series shoots (announced by the Ministry of Culture in May 2020): a pool
    of French mutual insurers offers an insurance solution in addition to the public fund. A pool of private French mutual insurers
    now offer access to a higher level of guarantee for filming, with a reinforced commitment to a total of 1.8 million euros and
    30% of the estimate (doubling the compensation capacity and bringing it up to EUR 100 million).

Link to source document

July France Film/AV sector 
- Exhibition
Industry
  • The Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français has published a health guide for reopening cinemas during the coronavirus
    epidemic.
Link to
source document
July France Film/AV sector 
(non-specific)
Industry
  • SGDL has set up a special page, "Covid19 - Information Kit for Authors", containing information on the support measures in
    place for authors.

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July France Film/AV sector 
- Production
Industry
  • Public broadcaster France Télévisions has adopted a supporting program for audiovisual production industry, including cash-
    flow strengthening (shortage of term of payment from 60 days to 30 days), supporting a share of production extra-costs, and
    extending film-making time schedule.
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source document
July France Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • To support young people's return to artistic and cultural practices, the Ministry of National Education and Youth and the Ministry
    of Culture have launched a platform to enable artists and all cultural professionals to propose projects during the summer
    throughout France.
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source document
July France Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Amending Finance Bill No. 3074 for 2020 (Article 3): Exceptional reduction in the 2020 business property tax for the benefit of
    small and medium-sized companies in the tourism, hotel, restaurant, sports, culture, air transport and events sectors particularly
    affected by the health crisis.
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source document
July France Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Amending Finance Bill No. 3074 for 2020 (Article 18): Exemption from employers' contributions, assistance with the payment
    of contributions, debt forgiveness and clearance plans for companies affected by the health crisis. 
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source document
July France Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture has carried out a study on the economic impact of the crisis on the cultural and creative sectors, including
    the audiovisual and cinema sectors,  in order to assess the extent of financial losses and the consequences of the confinement
    on employment in the short and long term. 
Link to source document
July France Film/AV sector 
- Broadcasting
Media regulator
  • The CSA conducted a study to determine whether inequalities in the representation of women and men in the audiovisual
    media increased during the crisis related to the Covid-19 epidemic.
Link to
source document
July France Film/AV sector 
- Production
Industry
  • In response to the Covid 19 pandemic, the CCHSCTs of the audiovisual and film/advertising production sector have drawn up a
    "Guide to health safety recommendations for audiovisual and film/advertising production activities". Intended for professionals,
    it proposes a common base of preventive measures necessary for the resumption of activity and filming.
Link to
source document
June France Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Partial unemployment: The French government has set up a partial unemployment scheme adapted to the crisis. A company
    impacted by the crisis may apply for a partial activity allowance for one or more employees unable to work as provided for, and
    will pay an allowance equal to 70% of gross salary or 100% for employees on minimum wage, and will be fully reimbursed by
    the State. As of 1 June 2020, the State and Unedic will pay 85% of the indemnity paid to the employee (instead of 100%).
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June France Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • March - France has offered direct tax deferment measures. However, Value Added Tax returns must still be filed on time for the
    time being.
  • Update 27 March: VAT credit repayments will be accelerated for requests filed electronically.
Link to
source document
June France Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • 8 April update - Scanned, PDF or other electronic formats of paper invoices will be acceptable formats for VAT deduction and
    audit trail evidence during the coronavirus crisis. 
Link to
source document
June France Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • 1 May - France has extended the deadline for non-EU businesses to submit their VAT recovery claims from 30 June to 30
    September.
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source document
June France Cross sector - 
All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • 10 April update - France continues not to provide a VAT filing or payment deferment, setting it aside from most other
    European countries. However, it is offering a discount on VAT payments for the next two months’ returns for businesses in
    difficulties. 
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source document
June France Film/AV sector 
- Broadcasting
Government/ Parliament
  • The INA has measured the airtime devoted to Covid-19. The analysis focused on the beginnings of media coverage, the
    means deployed by the media to continue to produce information, local media initiatives to support solidarity, and a study of
    whether the confinement had changed the way viewers obtain information. 
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source document
June France Film/AV sector 
- Exhibition
Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture has issued a list of recommendations and guidelines to assist and support cultural organizations in
    their resumption of activities and reopening to the public.  For the organization of open-air cinema screenings, a guide
    developed in collaboration with the CNC provides the legal framework and guidelines to specify the conditions under which
    applications for authorization of open-air cinema screenings at the initiative of exhibitors or third parties are examined.
Link to
source document
June France Film/AV sector 
- Production
Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture has issued a list of recommendations and guidelines to assist and support cultural organizations in their resumption of activities and reopening to the public. This includes a guide containing legal and practical recommendations for
    the resumption of filming in France.
Link to
source document
June France Film/AV sector 
- Production
Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture has issued a list of recommendations and guidelines to assist and support cultural organizations in
    their resumption of activities and reopening to the public. This includes a guide setting out health safety recommendations
    and guidelines for the resumption of activities under the Collective Agreement on the Production of Animated Films.
Link to
source document
June France Film/AV sector 
- Exhibition
Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture has issued a list of recommendations and guidelines to assist and support cultural structures and
    organizations in their resumption of activities and reopening to the public. This includes a guide to health safety
    recommendations for the reopening of cinemas during the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.
Link to source document
June France Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • COVID-19: SCPP 2020 SUPPORT PLAN: The SCPP (Société Civile des Producteurs Phonographiques) is launching a
    support plan worth EUR 9 million for its members. The support plan comprises two parts: financial aid exclusively for
    independent producers, amounting to EUR 5.2 million, and support for creation to encourage the relaunch of the activity
    after the confinement, amounting to EUR 3.8 million. 
Link to
source document
June France Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Centre National de la Musique has set up an emergency fund with an endowment dedicated to SMEs in the performing
    arts sector. Endowed with EUR 11.5 million, the emergency fund is topped up by the National Music Centre to the tune of EUR
    10 million, and by SACEM, ADAMI and SPEDIDAM to the tune of EUR 500 000 each. In addition, Spotify France has decided
    to support this Relief Fund through the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project which allows to make a donation to support artists.
Link to
source document
June France Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • In order to support record dealers, distributors and phonographic producers who are experiencing major economic difficulties
    due to the closure of sales outlets for physical carriers of recorded music, as well as publishers, a Recorded Music Relief Fund
    of EUR 1 million has been created by the Centre National de la Musique, thanks to an endowment from the General Directorate
    of Media and Cultural Industries (DGMIC) of the Ministry of Culture.
Link to
source document
June France Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Covid 19 - Relaxation of the rules of the 2020 support plan: The SCPP has decided to relax the general rules of the SCPP
    2020 support plan in order to allow a greater number of its members to benefit from this assistance.
Link to
source document
June France Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • With regard to the collection of entertainment tax, the National Music Centre is suspending all operations to collect and
    recover the tax on variety shows. The taxpayers who have sent the establishment a cheque or a transfer authorization
    before the entry into force of this article will not be cashed and no increase will be applied to them until further notice.
Link to
source document
June France Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The grants already allocated by the centre will be paid even in case of cancellation of the event. An assessment of the operation
    will be carried out at a later date and the president of the establishment will be able to ask for the aid to be repaid when the
    company's situation permits and after the Commission has given its opinion.
Link to
source document
June France Film/AV sector 
- Exhibition
Government/ Parliament
  • Theatres will be able to reopen all over the territory from June 22, following the demand of the cinema operators who wanted
    the reopening to be national so that they could organize the programming of theatres.
Link to
source document
May France Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Covid-19: new specific distribution for livestreams: Sacem is setting up an exceptional copyright remuneration specially
    adapted to the distribution of livestreams during this period of crisis. The new specific distribution consists in using the
    sums collected from the platforms concerned to remunerate the livestreams.
Link to source document
May France Film/AV sector 
- Production
Government/ Parliament
  • The resumption of filming is authorized in the city of Paris with the following criteria: maximum 50-person crew, prohibition
    of filming in certain places, compliance with health measures in force. 
Link to
source document
May France Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • Audiens has set up for freelance journalists a request for exceptional one-off assistance, which is lighter and will be treated
    as a priority. 
Link to
source document
May France Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • Audiens has set up for artists and intermittent show technicians faced with cancellations of fees or days of work, a request for
    exceptional one-off assistance, which is lighter and will be treated as a priority. 
Link to
source document
May France Film/AV sector 
- Production
Government/ Parliament
  • Creation of a compensation fund for film shooting: The President of the Republic has confirmed the creation of a compensation
    fund for filming of more than EUR 50 million, on which discussions are under way between the Ministry of Culture and the CNC,
    which should make it possible to resolve the problem of insurance for the resumption of filming. 
Link to
source document
May France Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Blank year for the intermittent show business until the end of August 2021: The President of the Republic has announced a
    "blank year " for intermittent entertainment workers, which consists in extending the rights of intermittent artists and technicians
    for one year beyond the 6 months when their activity will have been impossible or very degraded, i.e. until the end of
    August 2021.
Link to
source document
May France Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • The SACD has set up a guide summarising the assistance available and the steps to be taken for authors in difficulty during the
    Covid-19 health crisis.
Link to source document
May France Film/AV sector 
- Broadcasting
Media regulator
  • The CSA has published a barometer on the effects of the health crisis on the audiences of audiovisual groups and on the
    advertising market. This barometer will be updated on a bimonthly basis and will include new indicators in its next edition to
    monitor the consumption of subscription-based video-on-demand services.
Link to
source document
May France Film/AV sector 
(non-specific)
Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • SACD Emergency Fund Audiovisual, Cinema, Animation, Web: This emergency fund created by the SACD, with the financial
    support of the National Cinema Centre (CNC), is dedicated to authors of audiovisual, cinematographic, animation and web
    creations. Its main purpose is to provide the authors of these works, who do not benefit from aid from the National Solidarity
    Fund or a partial unemployment measure of EUR 1500 or more, with aid to enable them to cope with the economic
    consequences of the health crisis linked to the covid-19 virus epidemic.
Link to
source document
May France Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • The Solidarity Emergency Fund SACD: A system set up in the wake of the first containment measures designed to support
    the authors most in difficulty: those who have no fixed income, no retirement allowance, no salary, etc
Link to
source document
May France Video sharing platforms and social media Media regulator
  • Following the adoption in 2018 of the law against disinformation, the report of the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) for
    2020 and the committee of experts set up for this purpose will pay particular attention to the actions taken by the platforms in
    times of crisis. The CSA has also organised a meeting for this purpose with the content platforms on the mechanisms put in
    place during the health crisis.
Link to
source document
May France Film/AV sector 
- Events & festivals
Industry
  • The Festival de Cannes announced the launch of the Marché du Film Online, a stand alone online market created to support
    the international film industry and help professionals. It will be held from Monday 22 to Friday 26 June.
Link to
source document
May France Cross-sector
-All industries
Government/ Parliament
  • Extension of the possibilities for deferral of contributions, including social security contributions for companies, self-employed
    and micro-entrepreneurs.
Link to
source document
April France Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • ADAMI has put in place a plan of EUR 11.3 million for performers:
  • EUR 8.5 million released for a payment made directly to artists
  • EUR 1.8 million  of continued financial support for artistic projects cancelled or postponed and previously supported by
    Adami with a special focus on artists' remuneration.
  • EUR 330,000  in additional funding for our "Right to the Heart" scheme to support artists facing the most urgent social
    situations.
  • EUR 500,000  for the emergency fund set up by the National Music Centre.
  • EUR 200,000  for the performing arts emergency fund (excluding music) managed by the Association pour le Soutien au
    Théâtre Privé.
Link to
source document
April France Film/AV sector 
-Distribution
Industry
  • French Independent Distributors Union (SDI) and Universciné collaborate in France for the release of films on VOD.
Link to
source document
April France Film/AV sector 
(non-specific)
Media regulator
  • The Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA) offers online resources for parents and teachers in three areas: Media and
    information literacy, media education and education through the use of media; and provides for the creation of a pedagogical
    kit for trainers. In addition, the CSA has contributed to the “Press and media week at home” – which, this year, replaces the
    traditional “Press and media week in school” – organised by the Clemi.
Link to
source document
April France Film/AV sector 
-production
Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • PROCICEP, the collective management organisation for film and TV producers, will proceed to the advance and accelerated
    payment of up to 100% of the amount of creation aid benefiting production companies under the various schemes set up by
    the Film and Television Creation Aid Commissions of PROCIREP and ANGOA, under lighter conditions. Likewise, all aid that
    was being paid out will be honoured under conditions that have now been relaxed to take account of the current context.
Link to
source document
April France Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • PROCIREP, the collective management organisation for film and TV producers, has implemented the payment of an advance on rights for all film and television producer companies that have received more than EUR 20,000 of rights per year over the last four years. This advance will correspond to 50% of the average annual amount from which these companies have benefited, with a maximum of EUR 200,000 per company and a ceiling of EUR 400,000 per group.
Link to
source document
April France Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • SPPF, the collective management organisation for independent phonogram producers,  will make an exceptional advance
    payment of EUR 4 million to its members on neighbouring rights at the end of 2021. This advance will benefit independent
    producers developing careers as music performers.
Link to
source document
April France Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Covid-19 / Exceptional call for projects to support the Moroccan artistic and cultural scene: The Cooperation and Cultural
    Action Service of the French Embassy and the French Institute of Morocco have launched an exceptional call for projects
    to support Moroccan artistic creation, a sector particularly affected by the crisis. The aid could cover up to 60% of the total
    project budget.
Link to
source document
April France Film/AV sector 
(non-specific)
Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Increase in the threshold for advances of royalties: SCAM is exceptionally modifying the terms of payment of advances on
    copyrights, increasing the current threshold from 66% to 90% for broadcasters and years of operation for which SCAM has
    already validated the minute rate of remuneration.
Link to source document
April France Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • The Scam has created a page dedicated to the information of its members, informing them about the various social and
    financial measures available to authors in France. 
Link to source document
April France Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Strengthening of the solidarity fund. Emergency social assistance has been set up for members in a situation of great
    financial fragility. 
Link to source document
April France Film/AV sector 
-Events & festivals
Industry
  • Cancellation of the physical edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and its film market, the festival team
    is nevertheless preparing a project for an online version of Annecy 2020 that would allow access to the selected works as
    well as exclusive and new content, despite the circumstances. 
Link to source document
April France Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Exceptional Advances : SACEM is setting up exceptional advances on copyright, repayable from January 2022, with
    repayments smoothed over 5 years. These advances will be available from May 2020, for those who have generated
    at least EUR 2,700 in royalties over the year 2019. 
Link to source document
April France Film/AV sector 
-Events & festivals
Government/ Parliament
  • 2020 Festivals Support Unit:The Minister of Culture has set up a support unit that allows for case-by-case support to festival organisers. This will also make it possible to identify the different needs of festival organisers and to adapt the State's responses accordingly.  
Link to source document
April France Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Emergency aid:SACEM is setting up an emergency fund open until the end of 2020 for those experiencing great distress due to the effects of the health crisis, which takes the form of non-refundable emergency aid of EUR 1,500, EUR 3,000 or EUR 5,000 depending on the situation.
Link to source document
April France Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Aid to publishers: The current aid programme for publishers is increased by EUR 1 million and its criteria are extended. This editorial development aid programme, piloted by Sacem's Action culturelle, aims to support publishers during the crisis period and help them to relaunch their activities
Link to source document
April France Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • SACEM has put in place a business continuity plan, in particular to maintain the distribution of copyright royalties. The measures put in place for this purpose made it possible to proceed with the payment of royalties and sums related to their mutual assistance program, with the distribution on Monday, April 6, of a total amount of 140.5 million euros.
Link to source document
April France Film/AV sector (non-specific) Industry
  • Audiens (the social protection group for the cultural sector) and Netflix launched on 8 April in consultation with the
    Ministry of Culture via the CNC the creation of an emergency aid fund for intermittent artists and technicians in the
    audiovisual and film industries.Netflix is contributing EUR 1 million to the creation of this emergency aid fund
Link to source document
April France Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The CSA will adopt a flexible approach in the application of the regulatory framework and in terms of compliance with
    production and distribution obligations by audiovisual media services. It will take into account the nature of the service,
    the types of obligations as well as the difficulties encountered.
Link to source document
April France Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the CSA modified the conditions under which it examines applications for the presidency
    of the French public broadcaster France Televisions. Application deadline is postponed until 10 July 2020.
Link to source document
April France Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Culture have decided to neutralize the period from 15 March until the end of the containment period for:
  • the calculation of the reference period giving entitlement to unemployment insurance and social rights for intermittent workers in the entertainment industry
  • the calculation and payment of unemployment insurance benefits for intermittent workers and other employees in the cultural sector
Link to source document
April France Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Order No 2020-353 of 27 March 2020: CMO’s can use the sums mentioned in Article L. 324-17 of the Intellectual
    Property Code for the payment of financial aid to holders of copyright and related rights, whose income resulting
    from the exploitation in France of protected works and objects is seriously affected due to the health crisis caused on
    the national territory by the covid-19 virus or the implementation of measures to combat the spread of the virus.
Link to source document
April France Film/AV sector - Distribution Government/ Parliament
  • Emergency Law No. 2020-290 of 23 March 2020 to deal with the covid-19 epidemic: Article 17 sets up ""an exceptional
    regime"" allowing the president of the CNC to grant, for films that were screened in cinemas on 14 March 2020, the day
    before the closure of all French cinemas, an exemption from the ""official"" period of four months from their release to
    be screened as VOD or DVD/Blu-Ray.
Link to source document
April France Film/AV sector - Distribution Film agency
  • Anticipation of payment of the 2020 selective support to distributors. Authorisation for anticipated use of the automatic
    support to distributors.
Link to source document
March France Film/AV sector - Exhibition Film agency
  • Anticipation of the payment of 2020 subsidies to the Art House cinemas. Authorisation for anticipated use of the automatic support to exhibitors.
Link to source document
March France Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • Authorisation for anticipated use of the automatic support to producers
Link to source document
March France Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • Instructions given to the tax administration to accelerate reimbursement of 2019 production incentives.
Link to source document
March France Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • In accordance with its mission to inform the general public (Article 16-1 of Audiovisual law of 30 September 1986),
    the CSA instructed broadcasters to display prevention ads on COVID-19 produced by the national Ministry in charge
    of public health.
Link to source document
March France Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • The French government announced an aid package to support businesses and workers. A solidarity fund has been
    introduced to support small business.The French Government will support French businesses loans (current and
    upcoming), delaying payments and facilitating agreement from banks.
Link to source document
March France Cultural & creative industries Financial institution
  • French culture and audiovisual bank (IFCIC) to:
  • Guarantee up to 70% any loan granted in the context of COVID-19.
  • Accept any request from a bank to prolong its guarantee.
Link to source document
March France Cultural & creative industries Financial institution
  • French culture and audiovisual bank (IFCIC) accepts to defer reimbursements for the loans it has granted directly.
Link to source document
March France Cross sector- All industries Financial institution
  • The Public Investment Bank will:
  • provide its guarantee to the banks, up to 70%, for all types of credits granted in the context;
  • systematically extend credit guarantees to the banks at their request and in order to encourage their redevelopment;
  • accept, upon motivated request, the implementation of capital repayment deductibles on its own loans.
Link to source document
March France Film/AV sector 
-Events & festivals
Film agency
  • Payment of planned subsidies for events cancelled.
Link to source document
March France Film/AV sector (non-specific) Film agency
  • French film agency (CNC) authorised to shorten the media chronology for films already in exploitation 14 March 2020.
    On-going interprofessional discussions regarding the release of films directly to VOD.
Link to source document
March France Film/AV sector -Exhibition Film agency
  • Postponement of the March payment by exhibitors of the tax on cinema tickets.
Link to source document
March France Film/AV sector -Broadcasting Industry
  • "Lumni initiative": The initiative, which was created prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, by French public broadcaster
    in partnership with the Ministries of Education and Culture, was included in the Government's operation "Nation apprentie".
    It is an online platforms offering education content for young audiences of different age groups from primary school until high
    school. It launched a programme designed for students "La maison Lumni" and featuring teachers and educators.
Link to source document
March France Film/AV sector -Broadcasting Government/ Parliament
  • #Culturecheznous:The Ministry of Culture along with several partners set an online platform centralising different cultural
    offers online, including audiovisual content from French public service media for the general public but also special content
    for children and for parents.
Link to source document
March France Film/AV sector -Broadcasting Government/ Parliament
  • Opération "Nation apprenante": In collaboration with public broadcaster France Télévisions, Radio France, Arte the initiative aims at providing teachers, students and their families with quality programs linked to school curriculum.
Link to source document
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July United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • GBP 1.57 billion of emergency grants and loans to protect Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres,
    independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues.
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Film/AV sector -Production Government/ Parliament
  • The Government has announced a new GBP 500 million programme to restart film and television productions across the UK, which will help restart television and film productions that have been interrupted or delayed due to a lack of insurance, giving productions the confidence they need to be supported in the event of future losses due to Covid-19.
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund provides financial support for individual creative
    practitioners and/or freelancers who are most deeply impacted by COVID-19 emergency, to
    sustain their creative practice in Scotland. The GBP 4 million fund will offer one-off bursary
    payments of between GBP 500 and GBP 2,500 to cover immediate needs.
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • A GBP 1.5 million Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary programme will provide one-off bursaries of
    GBP 500 to GBP 2,500 to freelance PAYE and self-employed screen sector workers who are
    experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to loss of income as a result of the Covid-19.
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Open Funding: Sustaining Creative Development supports creative practitioners to continue to
    develop work (explore how best to sustain their practice, and reimagine their work). The GBP 7.5m
    fund will support up to 12 months of activity with a maximum award of GBP 50,000.
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • WGGB has set up a special page, "Covid-19 advice for WGGB members", to offer  advices, information and useful ressources to their members. 
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • WGGB has launched Write On, a free series of online events during lockdown to support writers
    in their careers. Subjects covered so far include why writers need unions, protecting your work and
    the art and craft of video games writing
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • The Creative Industries Federation has brought together advice from across the sector which it is
    updating regularly to support its members.
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Film/AV sector (non specific) Industry
  • The Royal Television Society has created an advice page, "COVID-19 Advice and Guidance for
    Freelancers", to offer advice and useful resources for freelancers working in the industry who are
    currently affected by COVID-19. 
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Film/AV sector (non specific) Industry
  • Freelancers COVID-19 Fund: The BBC set up a fund to provide temporary support for its community
    of freelances who are experiencing hardship as a result of work being cancelled and loss of income
    caused by the Covid-19 crisis. PAYE freelancers engaged by BBC Public Service were able to request
    a net payment of up to £1,000 for the months of April and May 2020 from the fund, while gross paid
    sole trader freelancers eligible for SEISS scheme were able to request a one-off payment up to £1,000.
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • People in Scotland who became self-employed recently (on or after 6 April 2019) can apply for
    one-off grants of up to £2,000 from the Scottish Government’s Newly Self-Employed
    Hardship Fund.
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • The Society of Authors and partner organisations, including Authors’ Licensing and Collecting
    Society (ALCS), Royal Literary Fund (RLF), the T S Eliot Foundation in partnership with English
    PEN, and Amazon UK, have set up an emergency fund of £330,000 to help authors through the
    crisis.  Grants are likely to be up to £2,000 and designed to meet urgent need with the possibility
    of review as the situation continues.
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • Arts Council Wales has set up a Covid-19 information page offering the latest updates, information
    about coronavirus and existing support schemes. 
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • Arts Resilience Fund - Urgent Response Fund for Individuals: The Urgent Response Fund is for
    freelance creative practitioners who are experiencing financial hardship/loss of income now due to
    the COVID-19 pandemic. This is short‑term emergency funding to enable individuals to meet their
    most urgent financial needs while they explore the potential help available from Government
    schemes or from other ways of sustaining their activities. This fund includes financial support from
    the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, Tŷ Cerdd, Literature Wales and the Freelands
    Foundation.
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • Arts Resilience Fund - Stabilisation Fund for Individuals: This fund is to support freelance artists
    and freelance creative practitioners working in the not-for-profit sector in Wales who are trying to
    survive the threat to their livelihoods caused by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are
    intended to help build resilience and maintain creative practice. Grants of between £1,000 and
    £10,000 are available.
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • Arts Resilience Fund - Stabilisation Fund for Organisations: This fund is to support arts organisations
    working in the not-for-profit sector in Wales who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to
    loss of income, as well as cashflow pressures resulting from the pandemic.
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Film/AV sector (non specific) Industry
  • Bectu, the union for creative workers in the media and entertainment industries, has set up a
    special page to inform their members about the latest news, advice and resource on how to deal
    with the pandemic. 
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Production Industry
  • Welsh independent TV production: The Emergency TV Development Fund (ETVDF) will provide
    immediate financial support for indigenous independent production companies during the
    coronavirus crisis. Support will be available for companies to use while production cannot take place
    to develop projects. 
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Production Industry
  • New COVID-19 Guidance for the Creative Industries in Wales: In conjunction with their stakeholders,
    Creative Wales has published high-level guidance for a phased return for the Creative Industries
    in Wales.
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Industry
  • UK Broadcasters (ITV, BBC, Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5, STV, ITN, the Association for Commercial
    Broadcasters and On-Demand Services (COBA) and Pact) join forces to introduce new industry
    wide guidance for producing television safely during Covid-19.
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Film/AV sector (non specific) Film agency
  • The BFI is providing GBP 500,000 from its International Fund to establish the UK Sales
    Company Organisational Support Fund to enable sales companies to maintain their operations
    during the pandemic and to respond effectively to the new business models emerging during this
    period in relation to film sales and distribution.Prizes will be awarded up to GBP 25,000.
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Exhibition Media regulator
  • Ofcom has updated its licensing information to offer guidance to individuals or organisations who
    may wish to hold drive-in movies. 
Link to source document
July United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • Ofcom ruled that ESTV Ltd had breached its Broadcasting Code by airing an interview on the
    Coronavirus pandemic which risked causing “significant harm to viewers."
Link to source document
June United Kingdom Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 20 March - the UK has announced that all VAT payments are postponed for the next three
    months until the end of June 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. The VAT is then due at
    the end of the 2020/21 financial year.
  • Update 26 March: non-resident (foreign) companies with a UK registrations are entitled to the
    deferment. No interest will accrue on postponed VAT.
Link to source document
June United Kingdom Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 21 June - The UK is considering a COVID-19 cut to its standard Value Added Tax rate, currently 20%,
    according to various media reports. Any announcement could come in July, to coincide with lockdown
    easements, with the aim to reduce prices and kick-start consumer spending.
Link to source document
June United Kingdom Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 18 June - The UK’s HMRC warns that the 3-month VAT payments deferment scheme will end 30
    June 2020. 
Link to source document
June United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • U.K. cinemas will be reopening on July 4 with social distancing measures, according to new
    coronavirus recovery guidance put out by the government in May. The document, entitled
    “Our Plan to Rebuild,” sets out that cinemas are part of a “high-risk” group of businesses that
    will be the last to reopen.
Link to source document
June United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Production Industry
  • The BBC announces a package of measures to maintain the creative health of the independent
    production sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes:
  • the extension of three BBC creative partnerships to other countries and regions. Following an
    open briefing, shortlisted companies will receive development funding and in-depth online sessions
    with the BBC Three team.
  • the increased development support through the injection of additional development expenditure to
    focus on short and long-term opportunities.
  • doubling their investment in the Small Indie Fund from £1 million to £2 million.
  • a company-centric approach to impacted productions, by continuing to work closely with producers
    on ongoing projects that have been suspended, while seeking support solutions where possible,
    being flexible on delivery and varying cash flow as required on a title-by-title basis.
  • an increase investment in archive and acquisition rights during this period.
Link to source document
June United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Production Government/ Parliament
  • The British Film Commission has published official guidelines for large-scale film and TV productions
    in the UK to resume filming. The protocols was approved by the UK government and developed in
    consultation with the BFI and other key industry stakeholders.
Link to source document
June United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund: This GBP 5m Coronavirus Hardship Fund
    was launched quickly by the UK Charity Help Musician to provide immediate financial relief to musicians
    while Government support options were revealed. It will target in priority those  suffering significant
    financial hardship, which will be able to apply for a one-off payment of GBP 500. Following the initial
    GBP 5 million released by Help Musicians, the Fund has been further generously supported by several organisations, including inter alia : Amazon Music, Arts Council England, BPI, PPL and Spotify.
Link to source document
May United Kingdom Film/AV sector (non specific) Media regulator
  • Covid-19 news and information: consumption and attitudes: As a response to the Covid-19 outbreak,
    Ofcom is providing a range of information about how people are getting news and information about
    the crisis. They have commissioned a weekly online survey of around 2,000 people over the next
    three months, and also provide key findings from other datasets such as BARB and comScore.
Link to source document
May United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • Following their duties under the Communications Act 2003, Ofcom has imposed a sanction on the
    licensee Loveworld Limited, which broadcasts the religious television channel Loveworld, after a
    news programme and a live sermon included potentially harmful claims about causes of, and
    treatments for, Covid-19
Link to source document
May United Kingdom Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Self-Employment Income Support Scheme: The scheme allow self-employed to claim a taxable and
    non-repayable grant of 80% of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment
    covering 3 months, and capped at £7,500 altogether. This is a temporary scheme, but it may be
    extended.
Link to source document
May United Kingdom Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS): The scheme helps small and medium-
    sized businesses to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £5 million. The government
    guarantees 80% of the finance to the lender and pays interest and any fees for the first 12 months.
Link to source document
May United Kingdom Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Coronavirus Future Fund: The Future Fund will provide government loans to UK-based companies
    ranging from GBP 125,000 to GBP 5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private
    investors.
Link to source document
May United Kingdom Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS): The scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to
    borrow between £2,000 and up to 25% of their turnover. The maximum loan available is £50,000.
    The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the
    first 12 months. After 12 months the interest rate will be 2.5% a year.
Link to source document
May United Kingdom Film/AV sector (non specific) Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Directors UK has set up a special COVID-19 (Coronavirus) FAQs for Directors UK members, to
    provide them with expert advice on coping with COVID-19 from a health and employment
    perspective, and other useful information for directors.
Link to source document
May United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Production Industry
  • InterConnected - BBC Writersroom: The BBC Writersroom has set up a special call for short and
    original scripts where the characters are now isolated, but linked by videoconference. The best
    scripts produced with professional actors will be broadcast on BBC platforms throughout April and
    the selected writers will each receive £300 for their script.
Link to source document
May United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Industry
  • Sky’s advertising sales arm is launching a GBP 1 million fund that will provide 100 businesses with
    TV advertising campaigns via AdSmart. The scheme, set up by Sky Media, is open to SMEs that have
    been running for at least one year in the UK with up to 50 full time employees. They’ll be gifted an
    advertising campaign worth GBP 10,000.
Link to source document
May United Kingdom Film/AV sector (non specific) Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Directors UK is offering mostly free and some paid digital /online training, available to develop director
    craft and business skills during the crisis. It includes Online Coaching Support with professionals and
    consultancy sessions.
Link to source document
May United Kingdom Film/AV sector (non specific) Industry
  • Screenskills is offering free and some paid digital /online training, available to develop various director
    craft and business skills during the crisis, in numerous sectors (TV, animation, cinema) and how to
    adapt the film industry
    in a post-covid world.
Link to source document
May United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • Arts Council England has published an applicant's guide for two of its Emergency Response Package
    funds:
  • one to support individuals and the other for organisations outside its national portfolio, as well as
    other existing financial supports for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers such as benevolent
    funds.
Link to source document
May United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • a-n The Artists Information Company has produced a Covid-19 guidance document for artists and
    cultural institutions incorporating a list of available funding resources.
Link to source document
May United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • a-n Bursaries: Time Space Money: Time Space Money is an emergency response fund to support
    artists and arts organisers to enable them to continue their professional practice during this crisis.
    To this end, a-n The Artists Information Company is offering bursaries of GBP 500 - GBP 1,500 to
    help support those whose livelihoods have been impacted by Coronavirus Covid-19. 
Link to source document
May United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund: In association with a-n The Artists Information Company,
    Freelands Foundation has set up the Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund, endowed with
    GBP 1.5 million, as part of a historic GBP 3 million commitment to emergency funds for independent
    artists and creators in the UK affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The new fund will support grants of
    between GBP 1,500 and GBP 2,500 per person, assessed on the basis of need, with GBP 1
    million for artists living in England and GBP 500,000 for those in Northern Ireland.
Link to source document
May United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • In response to the current emergency, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists has decided to
    change the normal selection process for the winners: instead of offering GBP 60,000 to 10 visual
    artists and composers selected from a long list, each eligible artist nominated for the 2020 awards -
    more than 100 in total - will receive GBP 10,000 each.
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Industry
  • Culture in Quarantine: Launched by the BBC with support from the Arts Council England, to allow
    home access to arts and culture.
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Exhibition Film agency
  • BFI FAN COVID-19 Resilience Fund (GBP 1.3m): Exhibitors and festivals have faced immediate
    closure and cancellations, with many small and medium sized businesses at risk of permanent
    closure and making staff redundant. The BFI has repurposed the BFI Film Audience Network’s
    National Lottery activity funding, to offer critical relief to exhibitors across the whole of the UK.
    Opening next week, applications will be via local Film Hub Lead Organisations.
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Film/AV sector -Production Film agency
  • BFI Film Continuation Fund: up to GBP 2m to be made available to independent UK productions
    interrupted by COVID-19 to help cover unexpected additional production costs to ensure
    productions are in the best position to resume production when practical. Further details will be
    announced later in April.
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • BFI funded features: GBP 800,000 was made available for current BFI funded features that
    were interrupted due to COVID-19 restrictions. As contracts were abruptly cut short, the funds
    ensured those employed were paid two weeks’ notice.
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Film/AV sector (non specific) Media regulator
  • Ofcom has set up a special page with tips and advices on how to stay connected during the
    lockdown and to make better use of internet.
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Film/AV sector (non specific) Media regulator
  • Ofcom created a webpage 'Cutting Through the Covid-19 Confusion' that provides useful tools to
    navigate news and information about Covid-19, including links to sites that debunk common
    misconceptions or harmful claims about Coronavirus, dedicated fact-checking services, and
    resources with tips on how to seek out reliable content, tell fact from fiction, and find out who’s
    behind particular claims to help people ‘share’ information responsibly. The page includes a
    section for families, to help parents support their children’s critical understanding during this time.  
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Film/AV sector (non specific) Media regulator
  • As a response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Ofcom is providing a range of information about how
    people are getting news and information about the crisis: This information is published as part
    of Ofcom's media literacy duties, as part of Ofcom's Making Sense of Media programme.
    This work furthers Ofcom's understanding around the access, consumption and critical
    engagement with news at this time, recognising that habits may intensify or change given
    the nature of the crisis. 
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • Equity, a union of performers and creative practitioners, has set up a new emergency fund, the
    “Benevolent Fund”, to support entertainment workers through individual grants.
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Film/AV sector (non specific) Industry
  • The Directors Support Scheme offers emergency help to Directors in acute need and is designed
    for short-term support, in the form of an individual grant up to GBP 500.
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • PRS for Music has set up a dedicated page "Help through Covid 19" to inform its members
    about the support measures available to them.
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • PRS for Music is working in partnership with PRS Members’ Fund and the PRS Foundation to
    offer support to their authors through the PRS Emergency Relief Fund. Grants are awarded
    based on assessment of individual need and applicants can receive support up to a value of
    GBP 1000.
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • Arts Council England has set up a support fund totalling GBP 20 million for people working in
    the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and the self-employed, which takes
    the form of individual grants of up to GBP 2,500 per person. 
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • Guidance on compliance with the Broadcasting Code and programming commitments, and
    broadcasting content relating to the Coronavirus situation, issued by Ofcom.
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • Ofcom will revise its Plan of Work for 2020/21 at the end of April to take account of the
    coronavirus crisis and provides a revised timetable for Ofcom activities. Additionally, Ofcom
    provides for:
  • the suspension of all existing consultation deadlines and information requests and puts on hold
    new consultations, decisions and information requests.
  • delays in the implementation of new obligations where needed. Specifically the implementation
    deadlines of the European Electronic Communications Code (being discussed with the
    Government).
  • Ofcom will continue ensure markets operate with integrity, and take measures to ensure fairness
    for customers. Accuracy in broadcasting is essential, and Ofcom will expedite any standards
    enforcement cases involving potentially harmful broadcast content relating to the coronavirus.
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Communities Minister announces support for artists, performers and creative producers across
    the arts and creative sector, in the form of a new EUR 1million COVID-19 Creative Support Fund. 
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Funding for Wales’ Arts, Culture and Sports Sectors During COVID-19 Outbreak: Support package
    for the creative industries, culture and sport sectors totalling  GBP 18 million, provided by the
    Welsh Government, the Arts Council for Wales and Sport Wales to help support these sectors in
    safeguarding their businesses and jobs. It includes:
  • GBP 7 million Arts Resilience Fund led by the Arts Council of Wales to support artists and arts
    organisations most in need and least likely to benefit from other support programmes. 
  • GBP 1 million Creative Wales Fund to provide support for grassroots music venues to respond to
    immediate pressures, and additional support for the TV and publishing sectors.
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Film/AV sector (non specific) Film agency
  • The BFI announced a new partnership with The Film and TV Charity to create a new COVID-19
    Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund. The fund provides emergency short-term relief to active
    workers and freelancers in the UK who have been directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
    The time-limited fund – applications will remain open until April 22nd –offers eligible workers and
    freelancers up to GBP 2,500 in one-off grants. It has been supported by initial donations
    totaling GBP 2.5m from Netflix, the BFI, BBC Studios, BBC Content, WarnerMedia and several
    unnamed individuals.
Link to source document
April United Kingdom Film/AV sector (non specific) Film agency
  • The BFI is being as supportive as possible with partner and beneficiaries across all existing
    funding arrangements, including flexibility on both delivery targets until business returns to normal,
    and of scheduling of payment to partners and beneficiaries to help their cash flow. Projects eligible
    under creative sector tax reliefs are able to claim the relief up until the point of abandonment.
Link to source document
March United Kingdom Film/AV sector (non specific) Industry
  • Film and TV Support Line 24/7:
  • Advising around finances during COVID-19 period, including ESA, universal credit, utilities and
    how to apply for support.
  • Provision of support grants to help face significant financial difficulties
  • Support and advice for mental wellbeing
Link to source document
March United Kingdom Film/AV sector - Production Industry
  • All membership subscriptions delayed until 1st June 2020.
Link to source document
DATE Georgia SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
April Georgia Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • In order to provide access to cultural services for those who stay at home, 24 organizations
    under the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia launched the mass
    online campaign #stayathome #cultureforyou, which offers a variety of cultural and audiovisual
    content online. 
Link to source document
April Georgia Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Despite the current situation, the Ministry has maintained and prolonged deadlines for up to
    16 open call competitions aimed at supporting cultural organisations and individual artists.
Link to source document
April Georgia Film/AV sector -Broadcasting Government/ Parliament
  • The project Tele-school was launched by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and
    Sports in cooperation with the Georgian television channel First Channel. The project allows
    all students, regardless of having access to the internet, to follow interesting lessons in all
    subjects defined by the National Curriculum, among them lessons of fine and applied arts and
    music. 
Link to source document
April Georgia Film/AV sector (non specific) Media regulator
  • The Communications Commission calls on telecommunications companies and broadcasters to
    work at full capacity due to the situation in the country.
Link to source document
April Georgia Film/AV sector -Broadcasting Media regulator
  • In a communication, the Georgian National Communication Commission stressed the crucial role
    of the media and called on them to cover events in the most professional manner possible in order
    to provide the public with only correct and verified information in the context of the current health
    crisis.
Link to source document
DATE Greece SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
June Greece Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Governmental Act of 20/3/2020: Companies that have suspended some of the employment
    agreements, may benefit from several flexibility measures introduced by the government,
    including applying rotational work. The Secretary General for Work also clarified,that a 10%
    of the employees, the contract of whom has been suspended, may offer their work to cover
    exceptional needs of the company. 
Link to source document
June Greece Tele-
communications
Government/ Parliament
  • Governmental Act of 30/3/2020 provides that the recently licensed free to air, nationwide,
    DTT providers will not have to pay the annual instalment of the price paid for their licenses
    (an amount of EUR 3,500,000.00 /provider) payable until the 15th of October each year.
    The amount due for the 2020 will be equally split and paid with the remaining instalments.
Link to source document
June Greece Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 30 March. The Government of Greece has introduced a number of tax measures to help
    businesses cope with the COVID-19 epidemic. These include: For businesses affected by the
    outbreak, VAT payments due up to 30 April is posponed until 31 August 2020; and any
    outstanding VAT at 11 March will not need to be paid until 31 August 2020. The filing of 2019
    sales lists has been delayed to 30 June 2020.
Link to source document
June Greece Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 11 April: VAT payers who do not lay off staff may withhold 25% of their VAT due in April to
    assist durig the COVID-19 crisis.
Link to source document
June Greece Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 25 May - May VAT return payment deadlines are delayed, without charges, until 30 September
    for qualifying businesses.
  • 21 May - VAT rate on public transport, coffee supplies and non-alchoholic drinks will be reduced
    from 24% to 13% from 1 June and 31 October.
  • 15 May update - May VAT returns payments deadline has been extended to 31 August 2020.
    There will be no penalties or interest due.
  • 13 May update - Greece is reviewing cutting catering services VAT from 13% to 11% during
    the COVID-19 crisis. The likely implementation date would be 1 June 2020.
Link to source document
June Greece Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 23 June - taxpayers may apply for 12-month interest free payment plans on their VAT due
    between March and September 2020. There is also a two-year option with lower interest
    charges.
Link to source document
June Greece Film/AV sector -Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • Greece open-air venues are allowed to operate at 40% capacity from June 1 provided they
    have strict social distancing measures in place. For the other cinemas, predictions across
    the industry are for a late-August, early-September reopening.
Link to source document
June Greece Film/AV sector -Production Government/ Parliament
  • The Secretary General of Contemporary Culture of the Ministry of Culture issued the safe
    conduct of filming in May 18th, specifying the instructions of the National Committee for the
    Protection of Public Health from May 6, 2020.
Link to source document
May Greece Film/AV sector -Distribution Film agency
  • The GFC will form a catalogue of short films from which the independent cinemas that have
    up to three screens may select the movies to screen a Greek short before the launch of a feature
    film during the 2020-21 season. For each of their screening rooms,
  • they will receive special support of EUR 1 500.
Link to source document
May Greece Film/AV sector -Production Film agency
  • Special Programme of Support for the Film Community, totalling EUR 1.8 million.
    Applications are open until June 15, 2020 for specific calls for the development of animation,
    documentary and short-film projects.
Link to source document
April Greece Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Autodia is keeping members and users updated via its Facebook pages as to updates
    regarding the existing support measures and its requests to government on finding
    solutions for creators.
Link to source document
April Greece Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • For employees with suspended employment contracts and self-employed workers:
  • Special purpose compensation of EUR 800 for 45 days (fixed-term employment
    contracts included)
  • Full coverage of insurance contributions on nominal wages
  • Suspension for 4 months payment of certified debts in March-April, with a discount of
    25% if paid in due time
  • For Businesses:
  • Suspension of payment till August 2020 on VAT declarations and installments of confirmed
    debts of March- April
  • 25% discount for March-April installment payments if paid in due time
  • Suspension of payment of employee insurance contributions.
  • Provides liquidity to small and medium-sized enterprises that have been severely
    affected by their financial activity through the “repayment” financing scheme
Link to source document
April Greece Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • A set of measures introduced by the Greek Ministry of Culture includes an emergency
    fund of EUR 15 million that is being set up to support the modern culture and its creators
    (audiovisual sector included). Both individuals and companies will benefit from it. 
Link to source document
April Greece Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Staying at home with Culture: Online screenings of the interrupted performances of the
    National Theatre
Link to source document
April Greece Film/AV sector (non specific) Film agency
  • Administration and procedures adapted to COVID crisis, e.g.: GFC speeds up the payments for
    films that are in production, accepts the necessary supporting documents electronically, expedits
    the procedures and extends the deadlines
Link to source document
April Greece Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • An emergency financial aid has been introduced by the Government targeting independent cinema
    owners, under two conditions:
    cinemas of 1 or 2 screens only, which have screened at least 2 Greek / European films in 2019-2020.
    The fund will be handled by the Greek Film Center. 
Link to source document
March Greece Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture and Sports issued a special Call, as part of its initiatives to find alternative
    ways of producing culture and accessing culture through technology, for the development of cultural
    material that will be accessible online.
Link to source document
DATE Croatia SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
July Croatia Film/AV sector (non specific) Industry
  • DHFR, a non-profit association of professional film directors and screenwriters, will use non-
    distributable amounts to support Croatian authors, whose artistic activity in the audiovisual
    sector is the main source of income, but has been totally or substantially affected by the
    COVID-19 crisis.
Link to source document
July Croatia Film/AV sector- Production Government/ Parliament
  • The Croatian Institute of Public Health in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture has
    published "Recommendations for the production and recording of audiovisual and music
    content during the COVID-19 epidemic."
Link to source document
June Croatia Film/AV sector- Broadcasting Government/ Parliament
  • The Government has established a social fund for freelance journalists. Freelancers who prove
    that their income decreased by 50% or more from March to May, will receive EUR 530 each
    month for a three months period, a total of EUR 1.590. This Fund will be managed by the Agency
    for Electronic Media.
Link to source document
June Croatia Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • In the light of the restriction of the impact of the crisis on the cultural and creative sectors,
    the Ministry of Culture published a public call for encouraging entrepreneurship in cultural
    and creative industries for 2020 in the field of production, distribution, availability and access
    to cultural and artistic contents in the new circumstances of COVID-19. Grants are up to 85%
    of the eligible costs of the proposed project.
Link to source document
June Croatia Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture has announced a new support measure to encourage and revive the
    production and distribution of cultural content, in cooperation with HAMAG BICRO and the
    Ministry of Finance. It takes the form of a loan guarantee programme for entrepreneurs active
    in the field of culture and creative industries envisages a loan of HRK 300 million,and
    entrepreneurs will be able to take out a loan from a bank of up to EUR 800 000, for which
    the Government of the Republic of Croatia provides a 100% guarantee.
Link to source document
June Croatia Film/AV sector (non specific) Media regulator
  • The Agency for Electronic Media and the UNICEF Office for Croatia have prepared an
    infographic with key recommendation for an easier navigation in the media space during
    the pandemic era on where to look and how to check information, what it means to behave
    responsibly on the internet and social networks, and how to talk about it with children.
Link to source document
June Croatia Film/AV sector (non specific) Media regulator
  • As part of the 3rd Media Literacy Day, the Agency for Electronic Media and the UNICEF Office
    for Croatia launched a digital campaign to raise awareness of the importance of critical thinking,
    recognizing misinformation and responsible use of the Internet. The campaign is conducted
    through social networks and Internet portals, and points out the importance of checking 
    information and responsible sharing.
Link to source document
June Croatia Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 24 March: Croatia is to allow VAT registered businesses with annual turnover below
    HRK 7.5m to delay their Value Added Tax liabilities due in April out to July. There will be
    no penalties or late interest charges. But returns must still be filed on time.
Link to source document
June Croatia Cross sector- All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 15 April - businesses with a drop of 20% or more of revenue may apply for a deferal of payments.
    This will apply for March and April returns.
Link to source document
June Croatia Film/AV sector- Production Film agency
  • The Croatian Audiovisual Centre published an updated set of recommendations prepared by
    principal professional associations, in line with the recommendations issued by the Croatian
    Institute of Public Health, for the resumption of filming. 
Link to source document
June Croatia Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture has launched a public call of 20 million HRK to help independent artists
    through the paiement of an one-off grant.
Link to source document
June Croatia Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Due to the corona situation in Croatia, HDS ZAMP is postponing the issuing and sending of
    March invoices to all catering establishments, hotels, restaurants, hairdressers and other
    small users .
Link to source document
June Croatia Film/AV sector- Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • Although some cinemas opened on May 18, most independent cinemas set to reopen on
    25 May, with a 30% capacity. Multiplexes still closed at least until 15 June.
Link to source document
May Croatia Film/AV sector- Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The Agency has announced a special call - Fund for encouraging quality and investigative
    journalism on Internet portals as well as for publishing of topics of public interest.The total amount
    of the Fund is EUR 130.000 and it is dedicated to journalists who submit topics to be covered
    until the end of 2020.
Link to source document
April Croatia Film/AV sector- Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The Agency informed that the current difficulties will be taken into account when assessing the
    initial allocation of funds for 2020 (the requirements may not be continued due to the cancellation
    of many events and the broadcasting of content). 
Link to source document
April Croatia Film/AV sector- Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The Agency issued recommendations to broadcasters on how to report during the crisis, i.e. to
    publish accurate and verified information, prevent the dissemination of false information, in
    particular that relating to public health, etc.
Link to source document
April Croatia Film/AV sector (non specific) Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the Croatian Film Association and
    other organisations enabled free streaming of Croatian and European works on various
    online platforms.
Link to source document
April Croatia Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture will allow emergency aid (monthly payments) to freelance artists
    whose contributions are paid from the national budget.
Link to source document
April Croatia Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Measures include:
  • Aid for preserving jobs in coronavirus affected sectors.
  • Provisional measure suspensions of self-employment and employment grants with a view to
    securing additional funding for job retention in coronavirus-affected sectors.
  • Postponement of payment of financial compensation for all employers of the quota for
    employment of persons with disabilities.
  • Allowing EU aid beneficiaries the possibility of suspending or delaying project implementation,
    delaying payment of reimbursements, and taking into account the reduced implementation of
    projected indicators on projects due to objective new circumstances.
Link to source document
April Croatia Film/AV sector (non specific) Film agency
  • Documentation requirements have been relaxed. All transactions are handled on-line.
    Appropriate Decisions and Guidance have been issued and adapted to circumstances
    as needed.
Link to source document
April Croatia Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • HDS Solidarity Fund: HDS Zamp opened a solidarity fund of HRK 550,000 to help the
    authors most affected by the economic downturn of the health crisis and the earthquake
    by giving them one-time grants according to their situation. At the same time, HDS ZAMP
    is also preparing a long-term plan of measures to mitigate the decrease in income of all right
    holders in the newly created situation.
Link to source document
April Croatia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • AEM brought together television spots with important messages and tips for behavior
    during the coronavirus epidemic that local and regional broadcasters can download from
    provided links on AEM's website.
Link to source document
April Croatia Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • Acceleration of the disbursement of funds in the development and production phase to
    ensure the implementation of programs and projects, especially for development.
Link to source document
April Croatia Film/AV sector (non specific) Film agency
  • Establishement of greater flexibility in administering our various programs including
    relaxation of contractual deadlines, streamlining procedures for filing applications
    managing deadlines and approval procedures. All eligible costs in connection with the
    implementation of the project co-financed by the Center, which project has been canceled
    or postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic are recognized
Link to source document
March Croatia Film/AV sector (non specific) Government/ Parliament
  • At the initiative of the Ministry of Culture, Croatian Radio and Television will, in accordance
    with its public service mission, and in collaboration with participants in the cultural scene in
    Croatia, create an additional cultural program on its Third Program of HRT (HRT- HTV3).
Link to source document
March Croatia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • All electronic media providers in the Republic of Croatia are advised to publish their audiovisual
    commercial communications in such a way that the measures prescribed by the Civil Protection
    Staff are not compromised by such communications.
Link to source document
March Croatia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The Agency for Electronic Media will inform broadcasters of TV and radio about the temporary
    relaxation of programming quota obligations.
Link to source document
March Croatia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The Agency for Electronic Media will make payments to the Fund for the Promotion of Pluralism
    and Diversity of Electronic Media for 2020, with the possibility of redefining part of the Fund on the
    topic of public monitoring of the coronavirus epidemic, and will allow adjusting the programming
    bases of media service providers as these adjustments pursue a public information objective.
Link to source document
March Croatia Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament On the basis of the Conclusion of the Government on measures to assist the economy in the wake
of the coronavirus epidemic, the Ministry of Culture adopted a decision to postpone the execution
of the agreed programs of public needs in culture and the conditions for the payment of funds for
approved programs in special circumstances. 
Link to source document
March Croatia Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture temporarily suspends the review of recognized rights of independent
    artists to the payment of pension and health insurance contributions from state budget funds.
Link to source document
March Croatia Film/AV sector (non specific) Government/ Parliament
  • Announcement by the Ministry of Culture of forthcoming publication of information about cultural
    content that will be transmitted through various distribution channels.
  • The aim is to ensure the accessibility and diversity of cultural content that cannot be maintained
    in front of an audience in the future. All activities recorded or broadcast live can be monitored
    in one place.
Link to source document
March Croatia Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Based on a measure of the Government of the Republic of Croatia aimed at preserving
    employment, the Ministry of Culture invites entrepreneurs and independent workers from
    the cultural and creative sector to apply for employment preservation grants.
Link to source document
March Croatia Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of culture established a crisis fund to provide support to the cultural sector -
    independent artists, self-employed and other natural and legal persons. It will cover the
    fields of activity under the responsibility of the Ministry of Culture, the Croatian Audiovisual
    Center and the Culture New Foundation. 
Link to source document
DATE Hungary SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
June Hungary Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Hungarian tax and customs office has issued notice of tax payment deferrals following the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
    The measures mostly target individuals. However, businesses may apply for tax (including VAT) payment deferrals. But there is
    a HUF 10 000 administrative fee.
Link to source document
June Hungary Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 1 May - Hungary has introduced today a COVID-19 emergency bank tax. The tax is an additional one-off charge on top of the
    existing banking tax. The tax is calculated as 19% of the net balance sheet in excess of HUF 50 billion.
Link to source document
June Hungary Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • The National Film Institute has published a health plan  for the resumption of shooting.
Link to source document
June Hungary Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • In support of its members, EJI has decided to modify the association's distribution regulations in order to advance the
    payment of royalties to individuals and enterprises.
Link to source document
June Hungary Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • The EJI has set up an information guide on its website intended to provide information on the ways in which artists
    who have worked as entrepreneurs can request unemployment benefits.
Link to source document
April Hungary Film/AV sector (non-specific) Film agency
  • The NFI has created an Emergency Fund with a HUF 50 million donation, that will be operated by the Hungarian Film
    Academy. It will provide short-term support to the many hundreds of active workers and freelancers who have been
    directly affected by the closure of productions across the country.  
Link to source document
April Hungary Film/AV sector (non-specific) Film agency
  • NFI has rescheduled the financing of ongoing projects: grant payments will be flexible; an extension of the implementation
    period (pre-production) for all projects that had to be postponed will be allowed and it will assure their funding for the
    coming months; application process, also for minority co-productions, is continuous, the Film and Television Boards
    are making decisions within 60 days following the date of submission of the applications; Hungarian Film Incentive is
    constantly available.  
Link to source document
April Hungary Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • NMHH has set up Médiaszertár, a Facebook group created to support teachers by conducting media literacy training in
    an interactive platform.
Link to source document
April Hungary Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Government Decree 57/2020. (III. 23.) 
  • Suspension of measures leading to evictions, enforcement proceedings and enforcement of tax debts.
Link to source document
April Hungary Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The NMHH allocated a total support of HUF 115.4 million for 19 media service providers and small community media.
Link to source document
April Hungary Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Government Decree 47/2020. (III. 18.) on immediate measures to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the national
    economy 
  • Deferral of payment for loans, credit agreements or financial leasing agreement, in certain sectors including entertainment
    and the film industry.
Link to source document
April Hungary Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Collaboration between the two organisations, EJI and Artisjus, to set up an extraordinary social support programme for
    performers and music authors in financial difficulty due to the health crisis. The amount of support was set at approximately
    HUF 90 million (EUR 250 000).
Link to source document
April Hungary Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • NMHH will consider the justification and necessity of ex officio proceedings in the light of the new circumstances, market
    competition and the proper functioning of the market, as well as when setting time limits for procedural acts or assessing
    requests for extension of time limits.
Link to source document
April Hungary Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • Due to the emergency situation, the Media Council will allow the regional radios and televisions with which the body has
    already concluded contracts to support news, public and thematic magazine programs to be able to fulfill their contractual
    obligations despite the difficult circumstances.
  • extention of the scope of matters that can be covered in supported programs during the emergency (covering in more
    detail the local impact of information and the impact of the epidemic on local education, culture, health or the environment).
  • the presentation of educational aids for young people in the programs, to publish information on job opportunities for
    jobseekers, to provide advice to the elderly or to provide viewers with information on how to ask for help.
Link to source document
March Hungary Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • Cinemas in Hungary are open since 18 June 2020, when the state of emergency was lifted. Re-opening conditions: everyone
    entering a business must wear face protection. The rules under which they will operate are not quite clear. Cinema operators
    have sent a proposal to the government, suggesting a 75% capacity limit. Most cinemas will not re-open before early July.
Link to source document
DATE Ireland SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
August Ireland Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • Screen Ireland has launched on 29 June a new EUR 1 million COVID-19 Production Fund, which is designed to partially offset
    additional production costs associated with implementing the new shooting guidelines. The agency also provides training to
    support a safe return to production
Link to source document
August Ireland Film/AV sector - Production Industry
  • Screen Producers Ireland, in collaboration with Industry Stakeholders, has developed Return to Production Guidelines for the
    Film, TV Drama and Factual genres of the creative screen content industry. The Department of Culture, Heritage and the
    Gaeltacht has confirmed that these guidelines adhere to Government COVID19 health and safety guideline.
Link to source document
August Ireland Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • Screen Ireland has announced an Additional Feature Film Development fund specifically for projects already in receipt of
    Screen Ireland funding, aimed at helping producers to maintain momentum during the development process.
Link to source document
July Ireland Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is conducting a survey to evaluate the continuing impact of the
    Covid-19 crisis on the sectors supported by the Department and to better understand the on-going experience of
    organisations and individuals impacted by the crisis. The information will help to inform the ongoing policy response of
    the Department to support the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Link to source document
July Ireland Cultural & creative industries Industry COVID-19 Crisis Response Award
  • The Arts Council announced a EUR 1 million fund, the “Arts Council COVID-19 Crisis Response Award”, to enable artists
    to make new and original art during the COVID-19 crisis. The award is open to anyone who can demonstrate a track
    record of professional practice as an artist, with no restriction on the type or form of art that can be created, including
    inter alia presentation of art films or documentaries
Link to source document
July Ireland Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • The Arts Council has endorsed a new report from a special Advisory Group established to identify ways for the arts sector
    to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. The report makes a number of key recommendations to support the arts through the
    Covid-19 crisis.
Link to source document
July Ireland Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Pandemic Stabilisation and Recovery Fund (PSRF): This new fund of EUR 2 billion aims at supporting medium and large
    enterprises in Ireland affected by Covid-19. The EUR 2 billion in total capital will be made available through a sub-portfolio
    within ISIF; and focus on investment in large and medium enterprises employing more than 250 employees or with annual
    turnover in excess of EUR 50 million.
Link to source document
July Ireland Cross-sector - All industries Financial institution
  • COVID-19 Working Capital Scheme: The EUR 450 million SBCI COVID-19 Working Capital Scheme is for eligible
    businesses impacted by the crisis. The support takes the form of loans from EUR 25,000 up to EUR 1.5 million
    (first EUR 500,000 unsecured) with a maximum interest rate of 4%.
Link to source document
July Ireland Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • The new EUR 250 million Restart Grant will provide direct grant aid to micro and small businesses to help with the costs
    associated with reopening and reemploying workers following COVID-19 closures. The grant is the equivalent to the rates
    bill of your business in 2019, with a minimum payment of EUR 2,000 and a maximum payment of EUR 10,000.
Link to source document
June  Ireland Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • Screen Ireland has launched on 29 June a new EUR 1 million COVID-19 Production Fund, which is designed to partially
    offset additional production costs associated with implementing the new shooting guidelines. The agency also provides
    training to support a safe return to production
Link to source document
June Ireland Film/AV sector - Production Industry
  • Screen Producers Ireland, working closely with Industry Stakeholders, has developed Return to Production Guidelines for
    the Film, TV Drama and Factual genres of the creative screen content industry. The Department of Culture, Heritage and
    the Gaeltacht has confirmed that these guidelines adhere to Government COVID19 health and safety guideline.
Link to source document
June Ireland Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • COVID-19 Business Loans: Microenterprises can access COVID-19 Business Loans of up to EUR 50,000 from Microfinance
    Ireland. The terms include a 6 months interest free and repayment free moratorium, with the loan to then be repaid over the
    remaining 30 months of the 36-month loan period. Loans are available at an interest rate of between 4.5% and 5.5%.  
Link to source document
June Ireland Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Credit Guarantee Scheme for COVID-19: The purpose of the SME Credit Guarantee Scheme is to encourage additional
    lending to SMEs by offering a partial Government guarantee (currently 80%) to banks against losses on qualifying loans
    to eligible SMEs.
Link to source document
June Ireland Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Irish Revenue Commission has announced Value Added Tax measures to help business with cashflow issues arising
    from the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic: it has suspended VAT liabilities enforcement activities; there will be automatic
    no late interest or payment penalties for January-April VAT payments for small businesses below EUR 3million annual
    turnover. However, VAT returns must still be filed on time. 
Link to source document
June Ireland Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • In order to support the arts sector through the current crisis and plan into the future, Culture Ireland will measure the
    impact of the crisis.
Link to source document
June Ireland Cultural & creative industries Industry
  • Culture Ireland will refund expenditure for grants which have been awarded for cancelled or postponed events.
Link to source document
June Ireland Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • The Minister for Arts, Culture and The Gaeltacht has set dates for the reopening of Ireland's cinemas from August 10th.
    These plans will adhere closely to health and social distancing guidelines. 
Link to source document
June Ireland Film/AV sector (non-specific) Film agency
  • Additional direct support for screenwriters in the form of enhanced investment in the existing Screenplay Development and
    Spotlight Schemes, with EUR 100 000 allocated between the two funds, allowing for more flexibility in funding budgets and
    an increased number of participants on the structured new writers scheme.
Link to source document
April Ireland Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • Screen Ireland has announced an Additional Feature Film Development fund specifically for projects already in receipt of
    Screen Ireland funding, aimed at helping producers to maintain momentum during the development process.
Link to source document
April Ireland Film/AV sector (non-specific) Film agency
  • Strategic State Development Fund valued at EUR 3 million (the amount has been increased by EUR 2 million as a result
    of the pandemic) allows successful applicants to build a slate of projects. The fund, focusing on diversity and inclusion,
    will support production companies who in turn will work with screenwriters and directors in developing their own IP.
Link to source document
April Ireland Film/AV sector (non-specific) Film agency
  • Enhanced Project Development Fund: Writer-Producer-Director Collaboration. One-off Enhanced Project Development Fund
    to support the development of projects in the short term. Up to EUR 1 million to support ambitious, unique, and diverse
    projects across all genres. For a period of 3-6 months. Applicants can apply for up to EUR 40 000 for the support of 1-3
    projects. Targeted at companies with smaller slates.
Link to source document
April Ireland Film/AV sector (non-specific) Film agency
  • New Screen Stakeholders Funding Scheme worth EUR 200 000, available for organisations or guilds that support the
    screen sector in Ireland. The scheme will enable these organisations to apply for funding to deliver a series of online
    events and other activities across a 12-month period.
Link to source document
April Ireland Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) have set up a new fund to
    support music creators to be managed by First Music Contact (FMC). The fund is also funded by Spotify. The fund aims
    to help Irish music creators in need through a one-off emergency grant of EUR 750. 
Link to source document
April Ireland Film/AV sector (non-specific) Film agency
  • Strategy and Financial Planning Support for Companies experiencing financial stress in terms of cashflow, resourcing and
    future-proof planning, that will benefit from having access to strategy or financial planning consultants who can assist in
    developing a short to medium term plan and assist companies to strategise out of the pandemic. Total amount of the fund
    in EUR 150 000 and the amount that any one company can apply for is EUR 5 000.
Link to source document
April Ireland Film/AV sector (non-specific) Industry
  • Media Literacy Ireland (a multi-stakeholder network set up by the media regulator BAI) encourages its members to use the
    campaign resources that were developed last year called Be Media Smart. All the resources direct Irish people to
    www.bemediasmart.ie, which is updated with relevant information about Covid-19, and direct people to reliable resources
    while giving people practical tools to check the information.
Link to source document
April Ireland Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Short Time Work Support is a form of Jobseeker's Benefit and is an income support payment if you have been temporarily
    placed on a shorter working week, that is paid for a maximum of 234 days
Link to source document
April Ireland Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a payment of EUR 350 per week. It is available to employees and
    the self-employed who have lost their job on (or after) 13 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
Link to source document
April Ireland Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy is a scheme which allows employers to pay their employees during the current
    pandemic. Employers will be refunded up to 70 percent of an employee's wages - up to a level of EUR 410.
Link to source document
April Ireland Cross-sector - All industries Financial institution
  • The Credit Guarantee Scheme (CGS) provides counter guarantees to the banks and can be used by businesses to obtain
    loans to support changes they need to make to their business in response to Covid-19.
Link to source document
April Ireland Cross-sector - All industries Financial institution
  • SBCI Covid-19 Working Capital Loan Scheme is offered in partnership with the Department of Business Enterprise and
    Innovation, the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and is supported by the InnovFin SME Guarantee Facility,
Link to source document
April Ireland Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • IMRO has set up an FAQ and Hotline to inform their customers of the support measures available to them.  
Link to source document
April Ireland Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • IMRO commits to a moratorium on any payments due to IMRO before April 30 for any business that has been forced to
    close by the government due to the coronavirus. In addition, any company that has voluntarily closed due to Covid-19 can
    contact IMRO directly for assistance with direct debit or standing order payments due to IMRO.  
Link to source document
April Ireland Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Government created a COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment available to employees and the self-employed
    who have lost their job on (or after) March 13 due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
Link to source document
March Ireland Film/AV sector - Production Film industry
  • 90% funding upfront on all development loans to Irish screenwriters and production companies through to 31st May 2020.
Link to source document
March Ireland Film/AV sector - Distribution Film industry
  • Additional marketing and distribution support for upcoming Irish films and TV releases during the COVID-19 crisis.
Link to source document
March Ireland Film/AV sector (non-specific) Film industry
  • Screen Ireland will deliver its trainings (Screen Skills) online and free-of-charge.
Link to source document
March Ireland Film/AV sector - Production Film industry
  • Extension of existing development and production loans to 31st May 2020.
Link to source document
DATE Iceland SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
June Iceland Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • The Icelandic Film Fund, following a parliamentary resolution on a special temporary investment effort to counteract a
    recession in the economy, opened a Funding application for development, production and promotional grants. The Film
    Fund has received ISK 120 million (EUR 756 000) in special funding for grants. Update: the rescue package has attracted
    67 applications worth more than €5m in 10 days.
Link to source document
June  Iceland Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 6 April update - Iceland has agreed Value Added Tax and other tax benefits for businesses during the coronavirus epidemic.
Link to source document
June  Iceland Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Given the impact of the crisis on the financial situation of many artists, STEF has decided to advance the payment of royalties
    to its members who request it.
Link to source document
June  Iceland Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • In Iceland, cinemas were permitted to reopen on May 4, with restrictions of up to 50 people per screen. However, just a
    handful of the country’s 29 screens chose to reopen. The government will reassess the situation in late May.
Link to source document
May Iceland Film/AV sector - Production Government/ Parliament
  • The Directorate of Health, in collaboration with Film in Iceland, has developed modified quarantine procedures for filming
    in Iceland during COVID-19, which include a set of recommendations and binding rules for film production during the epidemic.
Link to source document
April Iceland Film/AV sector (non-specific) Media regulator
  • In a press release, Iceland Media Commission (IMC) stressed the important role of the media in times of crisis, and that it was
    important that it had both the financial capacity to continue its operations and that journalists were protected. 
Link to source document
April Iceland Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Allocation of ISK 750 million in cultural projects and support for the activities of sports clubs in the coming weeks, to counter
    the economic impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. Then there will be ISK 400 million devoted to research-related projects. In total,
    this amounts to ISK 1,150 million, which is in addition to appropriations in the budget for 2020.
Link to source document
April Iceland Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • STEF has reduced distribution thresholds so that more regular payments can be made to creators. In addition, STEF has already
    stated that in cases where the musicians themselves are streaming during the lockdown, STEF will not charge copyright fees for
    such concerts.
Link to source document
April Iceland Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Government took action to counterbalance the economic impact of COVID-19. Measures are primarily aimed at protecting
    jobs and businesses, including:
  • paying up to 75% of the salary of employees
  • giving companies the opportunity to postpone the payment of public charges next year
Link to source document
April Iceland Film/AV sector (non-specific) Government/ Parliament
  • Confirmation from the National Commissioner of Police has been received that media personnel at news agencies with defined
    editions have been added to the Civil Defense Department's list of front-line staff. Frontline staff prioritize elementary and
    kindergarten, leisure and daycare services for the coronavirus.
Link to source document
DATE Italy SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
July Italy Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • AGCOM orders six-month suspension for two broadcasters delivering programmes dangerous to customers' health by urging
    them to underestimate the risks inherent to COVID-19. 
Link to source document
June Italy Film/AV sector (non-specific) Government/ Parliament
  • "Law Decree 19 May 2020 no. 34 (""Decreto Rilancio"")
  • In this decree, the Government enacted certain measures aimed at providing support to aid Italian companies facing the effects
    of Covid-19 epidemic. It includes, inter alia:
  • The increase of the “Live Show, Cinema and AV Emergency Fund” to EUR 259 million.
Link to source document
June Italy Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • The “Liquidity” Decree, converted into Law 5 June 2020 n. 40, strengthened the Guarantee Fund to meet the immediate
    liquidity needs of businesses and professionals who are facing the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic. The access
    procedures have been simplified, the coverage of the guarantee increased and the number of beneficiaries expanded .
Link to source document
June Italy Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • "Law Decree 19 May 2020 no. 34 (""Decreto Rilancio"") In this decree, the Government enacted certain measures aimed
    at providing support to aid Italian companies facing the effects of Covid-19 epidemic. It includes, inter alia:
  • Non-repayable grants for self-employed and enterprises that have suffered a certain turnover decrease due to the crisis.
  • Tax credit in favour of the companies equal to 50% of the losses exceeding 10% of their equity and up to 30% of the amount
    of the above-mentioned capital increase.
  • Establishment of a new fund, aimed at subscribing - by 31 December 2020 and within the Fund's capacity - bonds or debt
    securities issued by eligible companies
Link to source document
June Italy Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 17 March: VAT payments due by 16th March are delayed until 20 March for businesses with a turnover about €2million per
    annum. For small bunsinesses below this threshold, payments are postponed until 31 May. This applies to resident taxpayers
    only. All filings are postponed to 30 June, including the 2019 Annual VAT return.
Link to source document
June Italy Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 15 May - Italy has abandoned plans to raise VAT to 25% on 1 January 2021. VAT payment deadlines for March, April and May
    for small businesses have been extended to 16 September.
  • Update 15 June - VAT payments may be delayed to 16 September on certain VAT liabilities: small businesses (less than EUR
    50m turnover) which have had a 33% cut in revenue between March-April compared to same period in 2019. For larger
    businesses above EUR 50m turnover, the reduction must be 50% or more.
Link to source document
June Italy Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Italian ministers have been raising the prospect of a cut to the standard Value Added Tax rate, currently 22%. 
Link to source document
June Italy Film/AV sector - Production Industry
  • A health protocol has been developed by workers' organizations, artists and audiovisual production companies in collaboration
    with the government for workers, artists, authors on film sets for the safe resumption of film and audiovisual production.
Link to source document
June Italy Film/AV sector (non-specific) Government/ Parliament
  • The Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism signed two decrees for a total value of EUR 120 million to support
    the entire Italian film and audiovisual sector. The first, worth EUR 100 million, reinforces the "Fund for cinema and audiovisual"
    provided for by the 2016 Cinema Law to finance the investments of film and audiovisual companies, from production to
    distribution.
Link to source document
June Italy Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • The Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism signed two decrees for a total value of EUR 120 million to support
    the entire Italian film and audiovisual sector. The second decree, worth EUR 20 million, consists in a non-refundable grant of
    EUR 10 000, assigned to each cinema hall that will request, to which will be added a further contribution calculated
    proportionally to the missed collections. Another EUR 20 million will be added soon as soon as the amendment to the
    revitalization decree is approved in Parliament.
Link to source document
June Italy Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • NUOVO IMAIE has created a Special Fund for Music and Audiovisual Artists of more than EUR 7.5 million intended for all the
    artists affected in the profession by the events linked to the emergency of the health crisis.
Link to source document
June Italy Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • In response to the health emergency, SCF has arranged for the entire national territory to extend until 30 June the suspension
    of the deadline for payment of SCF compensation by categories of users whose commercial activities were shut down during
    the health crisis.
Link to source document
June Italy Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • Italian cinemas to reopen from June 15 with maximum 200 people on closed ones and 1 000 for open air cinemas. Audiences
    must wear masks and respect distancing measures.
Link to source document
April Italy Film/AV sector - Events & festivals Industry
  • The Associazione Festival Italiani Cinema (AFIC) launches a census of Italian film festivals impacted by the COVID-19 crisis,
    for the implementation of future economic guarantees, making a series of recommendations for support measures. 
Link to source document
April Italy Film/AV sector (non-specific) Media regulator
  • AGCOM has established permanent tables with all stakeholders to monitor the situation in the media and sharing platforms
    sector, specifically regarding the compliance with the warning law issued by the Authority on the observance of the principles
    in force to protect the accuracy of information regarding the emission of "coronavirus covid-19" by the media.
Link to source document
April Italy Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Decree-law 8 April 2020, n. 23: Urgent measures regarding access to credit and tax obligations for companies, special powers
    in strategic sectors, as well as interventions on health and work, extension of administrative and procedural terms
Link to source document
April Italy Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • An Extraordinary Support Fund for all members was created for 2020 and 2021, with EUR 60 million to support its members
    over the next two years.
Link to source document
April Italy Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • An extraordinary support fund has been set up in favour of the company's agents (self-employed workers on commission) in the
    amount of EUR 4.1 million, of which EUR 1.6 million comes from the waiver, for 2020, of the performance bonus for the managing
    director and all the company's executives and managers.
Link to source document
April Italy Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • The SIAE offers the possibility of granting multi-year interest-free loans to members with liquidity difficulties. To this end,
    EUR 50 million will be made available. 
Link to source document
April Italy Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • SACE guarantee for large companies and SMEs, including self-employed workers and freelancers, who have exhausted
    their ability to access the Central Guarantee Fund:
  • equal to 90% of the loans destined for companies with fewer than 5000 employees in Italy and turnover not exceeding
    1.5 billion;
  • equal to 80% of the loans destined for companies with more than 5000 employees in Italy and turnover between 1.5 and
    5 billion (on a consolidated basis);
  • equal to 70% for companies with a turnover of over 5 billion (on a consolidated basis).
Link to source document
April Italy Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) The Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (SIAE) has created an emergency solidarity fund of EUR 500,000 for the purchase
of 2,500 food packages to be distributed to members in poverty and/or disability and/or precarious health conditions who request it. 
Link to source document
April Italy Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Suspension, both at territorial level and for central licences, of recovery interventions for outstanding payments as well as
    penalties and sanctions for late payment and penalties for other types of default. In addition, the deadline for renewal of
    annual subscriptions for background music has been extended until 31 May, as well as for the payment of the annual fee
    for reprography rights by the reproduction points.
Link to source document
April Italy Cross-sector - All industries Financial institution
  • New rules for the Guarantee fund valid until 31 December 2020, including:
  • Automatic extension of the Fund's guarantee for loans suspended due to the COVID-19 Virus
  • Guarantee free of charge
  • Maximum guaranteed amount per individual company raised from EUR 2.5 to 5 million
  • Extension of the guarantee on single operations to large enterprises with a number of employees not exceeding 499
  • Raising the guarantee coverage percentages
Link to source document
April Italy Film/AV sector (non-specific) Industry
  • Italian Film Commissions and Netflix announced on April 2, 2020 the creation of a new COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency
    Relief Fund with the aim of providing short-term emergency support to the workers and crews of the Italian audiovisual
    industry directly affected by the crisis linked to the Coronavirus. Netflix makes available EUR 1 million to the Italian Film
    Commissions  who will manage the fund.
Link to source document
April Italy Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • Due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19, the Authority has decided to
    defer the terms for the payment of the Contribution for companies with turnover equal to or less than EUR 50,000,000.00 to
    15 June 2020 .
Link to source document
April Italy Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Suspension of withholding tax payments, social security and welfare contributions and compulsory insurance premiums for
    those who manage or organise venues, cinemas, museums, arts events, libraries, archives, historical monuments, bars,
    restaurants, spas, amusement or theme parks, transport services, rental of sports and recreational equipment or structures
    and equipment for events and shows, guides and tourist assistants
Link to source document
April Italy Film/AV sector (non-specific) Government/ Parliament
  • Extraordinary allowances for workers in tourism, culture, entertainment, film and AV sectors
Link to source document
April Italy Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Live Show, Cinema and AV Emergency Fund: EUR 130 million in 2020 in the Live Show, Cinema and AV Emergency Fund
    for the support of cultural workers. The Minister for Culture and Tourism will determine how to allocate the fund
Link to source document
April Italy Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • A campaign to relaunch ‘the image of Italy in the world’ for cultural and tourism purposes
Link to source document
April Italy Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Social safety nets are extended to seasonal workers in tourism and entertainment and interventions in favour of authors,
    artists, performers and agents
Link to source document
April Italy Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Refunds with vouchers for tickets to shows, cinemas, theatres and other cultural venues and hotels
Link to source document
March Italy Film/AV sector (non-specific) Government/ Parliament
  • "Law Decree No. 18 of 17 March 2020 ""Cura Italia"" contains measures that support families, workers, financially with
    provisions including:
  • establishment of two funds to support the entertainment, cinematographic, and audiovisual industry
  • measures specifically addressing newspapers, magazines, local radio stations, and local television broadcasters including
    extraordinary regime to access tax credit for advertising investments.
  • Extension of AGCOM’S term until 60 days after the end of the COVID-19 related emergency.
Link to source document
March Italy Video sharing platforms & social media Media regulator
  • "Declaration (Delibera) n. 129/20/CONS
  • Tackles disinformation : obligation for media service providers and video sharing platforms to comply with the principles
    in force to protect the correctness of information with reference to the topic ""coronavirus covid-19""."
Link to source document
DATE Liechtenstein SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
June Liechtenstein Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Within the framework of the Government's package of measures concerning the economic consequences of the corona
    virus (COVID-19), in addition to support services for enterprises, contributions are also provided for organisations, in
    particular in the field of sport, education and culture. Upon request, supporting contributions may be made in accordance
    with this Regulation. The financial loss must be at least CHF 1,000 and 50% of the proven damage and a maximum of
    CHF 25,000 in total will be paid per organisation.
Link to source document
June Liechtenstein Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Support for self-employed entrepreneurs in the form of a maximum monthly contribution of CHF 4,000 per month.
Link to source document
June Liechtenstein Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Short-time working allowance: A temporary measure to avoid the layoffs by allowing companies to claim partial
    unemployment compensation from their employees in the event of loss of work due to the corona virus and its effects.
Link to source document
DATE Lithuania SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
July Lithuania Film/AV sector (non-specific) Government/ Parliament
  • The Government has allocated additional resources of EUR 2 million to the Lithuanian film sector to support cinemas,
    new productions, distribution, individual filmmakers, TV and audiovisual content. The measure is implemented by the
    Lithuanian Film Centre, which is analysing the current situation in the film industry. 
Link to source document
June Lithuania Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 24 March - Lithuania is offering Value Added Tax payers the opportunity to defer returns by upto one year. There will be
    no charges for late payments or interest on outstanding VAT. It is also possible to apply for a complete write-off of outstanding
Link to source document
June Lithuania Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 14 April - Lithuania is considering a cut to its VAT rate on catering services for food and non-alcohol drinks from 21% to 9%.
Link to source document
June Lithuania Film/AV sector -Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • Cinemas in Lithuania open since 30 May 2020. Re-opening conditions: masks and a distance of 2 meters between people.
    The number of moviegoers is limited to between 30 and 100, depending on the size of the hall. Starting 16 June Lithuania
    will gradually lift more restrictions on the size of gatherings.
Link to source document
June Lithuania Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Lithuanian Government has provided extra funds of EUR 16.7 m EUR wiithin the Economic Stimulus and Coronavirus
    (COVID-19) Mitigation Action Plan. From this, EUR 1.4 million was approved for the film sector (which had already received
    EUR 2 million), to support for film production and distribution, recovery of cinemas, the development of new television and
    film productions. The funds will be administered by the Lithuanian Film Centre. 
Link to source document
June Lithuania Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Lithuanian Government  has provided extra funds of 16.7 m EUR within the Economic Stimulus and Coronavirus
    (COVID-19) Mitigation Action Plan. A total of 8.3 m EUR was already allocated for this purpose in April, now amounting to
    25 m EUR in support for artists and cultural organisations. Another 43.3 m EUR was earmarked for the development and
    renewal of cultural infrastructure. The total amount of support after the announcement of the quarantine has now reached
    68.3 m EUR  
Link to source document
June Lithuania Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • In view of the financial difficulties caused by the quarantine, AGATA will advance part of the royalty payments.  
Link to source document
June Lithuania Film/AV sector (non-specific) Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • Given the impact of the crisis on the film and television industry, AVAKA will advance the distribution of royalty payments
    to its members.
Link to source document
June Lithuania Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • AGATA has created a special page on its website to inform its members of the support measures available to them.
Link to source document
June Lithuania Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • In view of the consequences of the crisis on the music industry, the budget of the AGATA Music Publishing Fund 2020,
    which was EUR 60 000 in 2018 and 2019, has been increased to EUR 150 000 for 2020.
Link to source document
June Lithuania Film/AV sector (non-specific) Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • In response to the crisis, AVAKA has allocated EUR 100,000 to a special fund for the film and television industry, in the
    form of one-off grants of EUR 200 to its members: directors, scriptwriters, cameramen and producers. 
Link to source document
June Lithuania Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Lithuanian Council of Culture is starting to make one-off payments to independent creators, which will partially
    compensate music, performing arts and filmmakers for the loss of income due to the spread of the coronavirus
    (Covid-19) and the announced quarantine in the country.
Link to source document
June Lithuania Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Lithuanian Culture Council announced the creation of a new funding programme - "Development of New Products
    and/or Services for Cultural and Artistic Organisations". It aims to reduce the cultural consequences of the COVID-19
    pandemic by promoting the continuity of activities of cultural and artistic organizations and the development of digital
    cultural products and services with the active participation of artists. A total of EUR 10 million has been allocated
    to this programme. 
Link to source document
June Lithuania Film/AV sector - Production Government/ Parliament
  • The Department of Health (SAM) has developed guidelines on how to film safely during the quarantine period. The main
    recommendations are that only healthy people should be allowed to participate in filming, that physical contact should be
    kept to a minimum, that distances should be maintained and that personal protective equipment should be used.
Link to source document
May Lithuania Film/AV sector - Events & festivals Industry
  • The Vilnius International Film Festival went fully digital, following government decision to ban mass gatherings. In just
    168 hours organisers were able to move the event from cinemas to streaming platforms, create new sponsorship,
    communication and marketing strategies, make necessary arrangements with film distributors for on-demand viewing,
    partner up with streaming platforms, solve technical difficulties, refund tickets and answer an influx of viewer inquiries.
Link to source document
April Lithuania Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • EUR 2 million is allocated for the Artists Social Security Programme to provide and pay creative downtime for artists who
    are unable to generate income from their working activities due to the quarantine. The Lithuanian Ministry of Culture is
    currently implementing this measure.
Link to source document
April Lithuania Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Grants for cultural or artistic creators, of EUR 600,000, to help more than 300 artists and creators.
Link to source document
April Lithuania Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • A package was adopted to boost the economy and preserve jobs and business, amount ing to EUR 5 billions.
Link to source document
April Lithuania Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Self-employed persons will be granted a benefit of EUR 257 per month.
Link to source document
April Lithuania Film/AV sector (non-specific) Film agency
  • Following the government's decision to provide additional funding to the film sector to address the problems caused by
    the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lithuanian Film Center is increasing the funding for preparatory and production projects for the
    second year's tender by an additional EUR 800 000. The deadline for the competition is postponed to the 18 May 2020.
Link to source document
April Lithuania Film/AV sector (non-specific) Film agency
  • The Lithuanian Film Center under the Ministry of Culture announces a tender for state funding for film preparation and
    production projects. The total amount of additional funding planned is EUR 400 000. Applications until  May 4, 2020.
Link to source document
April Lithuania Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Emergency assistance for culture, arts organisations and artists. The Lithuanian Council of Culture (LKT), the main funding
    body for cultural and artistic projects, has informed that the spread of the coronavirus and related circumstances that have
    influenced the operational plans of institutions, organizations, as well as individual scholarship and bursary recipients, can
    be considered a factor of force majeure and may lead to a reconsideration of contractual obligations. This means that LKT
    will not seek reimbursement for funds already used to carry out activities that have been cancelled or modified due to
    circumstances related to the spread of the coronavirus.
Link to source document
April Lithuania Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Complementary funding for culture and the film sector : The Lithuanian Parliament has approved an additional
    EUR 5 million in aid for artists, cultural professionals and cultural organisations affected by the COVID-19 crisis. 
    The film sector will receive EUR 2 million. On the proposal of the Minister of Culture, an amount of EUR 3 million will
    be set up for the transfer of cultural products and services to the digital domain.  A further EUR 2 million will be granted to
    the film sector to compensate for losses incurred due to the closure of cinemas, and the funds will be administered by the
    Lithuanian Film Centre. 
Link to source document
April Lithuania Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Individual grants for cultural or artistic creators. An individual grant is awarded for a period of 3 months (EUR 600 per month)
    for cultural or artistic creators.
Link to source document
April Lithuania Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • LATGA has informed that LATGA licence fees for the use of musical works will be suspended during the quarantine period
    for users, and that it will also not charge interest on these companies for a certain period of time. 
Link to source document
March Lithuania Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The government approved a proposal from the Ministry of Culture to pay for creative downtime for creators with artist status
    who are unable to earn income from their activities due to quarantine and to provide additional funding for this purpose. 
Link to source document
DATE Luxembourg SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
June Luxembourg Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 19 March: The Luxembourg Ministry of Finance has confirmed speedy refunds of VAT credits due to businesses on balances
    below EUR 10,000. No fines will be levied for late filing of VAT returns until further notice. This is designed to help taxpayers
    experiencing credit issues as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. 
Link to source document
June Luxembourg Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 15 May - suspension of VAT penalties for late returns has now been ended.
Link to source document
June Luxembourg Film/AV sector -Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • Cinemas allowed to open since 29 May 2020. The Government announcement was unexpected and cinema operators
    have decided to reopen in a coherent manner on 17 June.
Link to source document
June Luxembourg Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Health issued temporary health recommendations for drive-in cultural activities as part of the health crisis
    related to COVID-19. 
Link to source document
June Luxembourg Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture has announced a set of support measures for the cultural sector, amounting to EUR 20 million for
    the year 2020. One of those measure consists in compensatory measures for concerned cultural association, taking the
    form of allowances to compensate the financial losses resulting from the cancellation or postponement of events or closing
    of those organisations during the period from 14/03/2020 to 01/06/2020.
Link to source document
June Luxembourg Film/AV sector (non-specific) Government/ Parliament
  • By a Grand-Ducal Regulation of 6 May 2020, the Government introduced an indemnity for publishers of publications in
    connection with the Covid-19 pandemic. The maximum amount paid to a single company is limited to EUR 200,000.
Link to source document
April Luxembourg Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Early reimbursement of VAT credit balances below EUR 10,000.
Link to source document
April Luxembourg Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Creation of a hotline and an online FAQ about measures intended to help businesses.
Link to source document
April Luxembourg Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Emergency allowance for self-employed, EUR 2500, non-refundable and non-taxable.
Link to source document
April Luxembourg Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Luxembourg Parliament passed Bill No. 7532,
  • Bill regarding the establishment of a scheme of aid to companies in temporary financial difficulties and amending the
    Law of 19 December 2014. The Bill includes:
  • social measures for independent professional artists, and temporary entertainment industry workers, 
  • the promotion of artistic creation
Link to source document
April Luxembourg Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • A financial grant of a maximum amount of EUR 500,000 in the form of a repayable advance to cover operating costs.
Link to source document
April Luxembourg Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Non-refundable and tax-free financial allowance of EUR 5,000 for micro-enterprises of ≤ 9 employees
Link to source document
March Luxembourg Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Coronavirus - FAQ pour le secteur culturel_Online FAQ to address the cultural industries current issues along with hotline.
Link to source document
March Luxembourg Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Announcement of an Aid for SME in temporary financial difficulties.
Link to source document
March Luxembourg Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Exceptional measures to help the entertainment industries, by introducing amendments to the law of
    December 19, 2014 
  • Independent professionals will be awarded additional daily allowances.
  • Already granted support (by the Ministry of Culture) for projects and activities that could not be held will not have to
    be reimbursed, on condition that artists right for compensation is duly respected.
  • Employees of the cultural sector are eligible for partial unemployment in the event of force majeure.
Link to source document
DATE Latvia SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
July Latvia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • NEPLP has drawn the attention of the electronic mass media to the obligation to provide truthful, verified and factual
    information, especially for information relating to COVID-19, because the information disseminated by the media
    during emergency situation is closely related to public health and safety. In addition, NEPLP also drew attention to
    the need to make content, particularly news, announcements and press conferences, accessible to persons with
    disabilities, whether deaf or hard of hearing, by providing sign language interpretation and news summaries.
Link to source document
July Latvia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • During the crisis, NEPLP will monitor the diversity and availability of information to the public.  In addition, intensified
    monitoring of foreign television programmes transmitted in Latvia will be carried out by NEPLP, in order to check for
    misinformation and other activities affecting the Latvian information space and its security. 
Link to source document
June Latvia Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Latvia is to grant tax delays to businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Businesses may request a delay on tax – VAT is
    presumed to be included – until 30 June 2020. But an application must be submitted for review first. The VAT credit
    balances on submitted returns will be refunded within 30 days instead of being held over until the end of the year.
Link to source document
June Latvia Film/AV sector - Exhibition Government/ Parliament
  • Cinemas in Latvia have reopen from 12 May. Re-opening conditions: limited to 25 people per screening and a distance
    of 2m
Link to source document
June Latvia Film/AV sector - Production Government/ Parliament
  • A ministerial decree establishes the guidelines for film producers, the "health protocol", to be followed during the
    preparation and production of films.
Link to source document
June Latvia Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • LaIPA will offer music producers and performers 30% of the 2019 remuneration as an "advance". LaIPA's compensation
    payments to music performers and producers for 2019, as well as the recalculations for the 2017 and 2018 periods, will
    be paid in July 2020. 
Link to source document
June Latvia Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • LaIPA has compiled information on all support available in the form of scholarships, grants or other solutions for cultural
    workers in difficulty due to the crisis.
Link to source document
May Latvia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • Following the government's decision on the allocation of funds for media support, the NEPLP has launched a tender
    aimed at providing funds to the broadcasters winners for the production of news and programme related to COVID 19. 
Link to source document
May Latvia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • In order to strengthen the Latvian media space, the NEPLP asks the Saeima to review the disproportionate restrictions
    on lending advertising: The proposals aim to increase the advertising revenue base of local commercial and public media
    in the event of an emergency, given that the state aid granted to the media for overcoming the Covid-19 crisis will end at
    the end of July. 
Link to source document
May Latvia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The NEPLP has allocated 100,000 euros to commercial television to overcome the difficulties caused by the Covid-19
    crisis, in the form of a competition for the creation of socially meaningful content by informing, educating and entertaining.
Link to source document
April Latvia Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture and the Centre for the Protection of Consumer Rights have agreed on a special procedure for
    the reimbursement of entrance tickets to events that cannot take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is
    considered a case of force majeure. For events that are postponed to a later date, previously purchased tickets will
    be valid and the organizers will not be required to refund the tickets. If postponement of the event is not possible,
    the organizers may offer to exchange the tickets for admission to an equivalent event or refund the ticket fees.
Link to source document
April Latvia Film/AV sector -(non specific) Media regulator
  • In response to the government's decision to allocate funds for media support in a crisis situation and listening to public
    opinion, the National Electronic Media Council (NEPLP) announced on 9 April the first of four competitions for news,
    analytical and research production and distribution in commercial national electronic media with a funding worth
    EUR 500,000.
Link to source document
April Latvia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • State support for commercial media to overcome the crisis, worth approximatly EUR 1.6 million, together with the
    informative report on the critical situation in the entire media sector, will be promoted by the Ministry of Culture,
    before being approved by the Cabinet of Ministers at a later stage.
Link to source document
April Latvia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • NEPLP determines the criteria regarding the broadcasting free of charge of Easter celebrations content created by
    VSIA Latvijas Televīzija and Latvijas Radio.
Link to source document
April Latvia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Government/ Parliament
  • In response to the circumstances created by the emergency, the Cabinet of Ministers has decided to provide for the
    possibility for the National Electronic Media Council (NEPLP) to allow the transfer of content created by public media
    related to the Easter celebration, including services, to commercial electronic media.
Link to source document
April Latvia Cultural & creative industries Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)
  • AKKA-LAA is closely following the government's action to see how best to assist creators eligible for support, and has
    specifically asked the government to examine and understand the impact of the crisis on the cultural sector and its
    authors, asking not to exclude recipients of royalties and related rights from the circle of unavailability allowances.
Link to source document
April Latvia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • Measures regarding the broadcasting of informative content produced and transmitted by VSIA (Latvian Television).
    Content may be used free of charge by other electronic media during the state of emergency, under certain conditions.
Link to source document
April Latvia Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Publication of different Government financial support measures applicable to workers and companies of the cultural
    sector on the Ministry's website.
Link to source document
April Latvia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • Amendments to the Cabinet of Ministers' Decree No 2 signed by Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš 103 "On Emergency
    Proclamation", allows the NEPLP, in exceptional circumstances, to broadcast news and informative analytical
    programs produced and broadcast by Latvian public media for use by other electronic media for the benefit of the
    public.
Link to source document
April Latvia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The NEPLP launched a competition for the production and distribution of information material on Covid-19, including
    two televisions and three radios.
Link to source document
April Latvia Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture has started the campaign   #Eculture giving free online access to nearly 200 movies.
Link to source document
March Latvia Film/AV sector (non-specific) Government/ Parliament
  • The Cabinet of Ministers regulation No. 151 “Rules on sectors for which the financial situation has deteriorated
    significantly due to the spread of Covid-19” recognised several audiovisual and cinematographic activities as
    disrupted sectors justifying eligibility for several forms of government support founds, which include:
  • extension of the term for the payment of taxes for up to 3 years. 
  • exemption from lease payments for public person property, late interest and contractual penalties in case of a
    late payment
  • compensation to employees in an amount of up to 75 % of the amount of the average remuneration of the
    previous six months, if an employer does not provide work
Link to source document
DATE Morocco SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
May Morocco Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Suspension of tax audits and Third Party Notices (TNN) until June 30, 2020.
Link to source document
May Morocco Cross-sector - All industriesCross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Postponement of tax due dates for companies with a turnover of less than MAD 20 million in 2018.
Link to source document
May Morocco Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Suspension of the payment of social security contributions due to the CNSS for the period from 1 March to 30
    June 2020 and an ex gratia remission of late payments for the same period.
Link to source document
May Morocco Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Creation of an interest-free loan for self-employed entrepreneurs impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, up to MAD15,000, repayable over a period of up to 3 years with a one-year grace period.
Link to source document
May Morocco Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Introduction of a guarantee mechanism entitled "DAMANE OXYGENE" for VSEs and SMEs. It is designed to
    mobilize financing resources for enterprises whose cash flow has deteriorated as a result of the decline in their
    activity, and covers 95% of the amount of the credit, thus enabling banks to rapidly set up exceptional overdrafts
    to finance the working capital requirements of target enterprises. 
Link to source document
May Morocco Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The HACA recommended that the public communication put in place to combat the spread of the corona virus should
    be as inclusive as possible and that the messages disseminated should be accessible to all citizens, while welcoming
    the mobilisation of public and private audiovisual operators for the effort made to communicate and raise awareness
    of the coronavirus.
Link to source document
May Morocco Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • HACA issued recommendations relating to the exposure and media consumption by young audiences during the
    Covid 19 epidemic.
Link to source document
April Morocco Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • For the traditional celebration of Heritage Month, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports encourages to commemorate
    this cultural event in a dematerialized way, using virtual means. Placed under the slogan "Heritage Month invites itself to
    your home", this edition offers mini-documentary capsules on sites and monuments in Morocco, videoconferences with
    curators and cultural heritage professionals, broadcast on social networks. 
Link to source document
April Morocco Film/AV sector (non specific) Film agency
  • The Moroccan Film Center (CCM) will allocated MAD 1 million to the new COVID emergency Fund; CCM's General
    Director and General Secretary will donate one month salary to the Fund; the Association for Social Works of the CCM
    will provide another MAD 1 million to the emergency Fund.
Link to source document
April Morocco Film/AV sector - Production Film agency
  • Shootings have to be reduced to a maximum of 30 people, all teams included.
Link to source document
April Morocco Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Employees to benefit from a monthly allowance of DAM 2,000 from a  COVID-19 pandemic fund, which is supported by
    a state funding of MAD 10 billion.
Link to source document
April Morocco Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • Following a report on media coverage, HACA included guidances on media coverage about COVID-19, including:
  • avoiding stigmatising infected or suspected people in view of protecting human dignity, privacy and image rights;
  • avoiding disclosing the identity of those suspected of violating the decisions of the public authorities;
  • avoiding sensational-based treatment and stigmatising specific cities and neighborhoods with high numbers of infections; 
  • taking the necessary measures to ensure the availability of scientific and professional guests in TV programs.
Link to source document
DATE Montenegro SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
May Montenegro Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • Analysis of informative content of regional TV broadcasters during the COVID-19 epidemic. 
Link to source document
April Montenegro Film/AV sector (non specific) Film agency
  • Montenegro Film Centre announced a public call for co-financing of film works, for script development and project
    development, ahead of the planned calendar of the competition and with larger commitments. The deadline for
    submitting the applications for both calls is 24 April 2020. 
Link to source document
April Montenegro Film/AV sector (non specific) Media regulator
  • AEM donates EUR 30,000 for the purchase of medical equipment.
Link to source document
April Montenegro Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • Publication of guidelines for journalist for reporting about Covid-19.
Link to source document
April Montenegro Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • Given the complexity of the situation, the Agency decided to release commercial and public broadcasters (RTV)
    from the obligation to pay fees for the next three months. As a result, the obligations of these broadcasters will
    be reduced by approximately EUR 80 000.
Link to source document
April Montenegro Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Ministry of Culture, in cooperation with the Montenegro Film Centre, launched an emergency assistance of
    EUR 500,000 for co-financing activities in the cultural and artistic sector which serve the public interest and the
    protection of socio-economic interests of unemployed artists and cultural professionals, cultural entrepreneurs,
    self-employed artists and cinemas/enterprises whose activities have been suspended due to the coronavirus.
    It is open to film production companies, cinemas and individuals, as well as other actors in the creative sector.  
Link to source document
April Montenegro Film/AV sector (non specific) Government/ Parliament
  •  “Living the Culture #stayathome”
  • The Ministry of Culture launched a campaign entitled ""Living Culture #stayathome"", with the aim of offering
    cultural and artistic contents made in Montenegro (films, plays and other video materials with cultural content)
    to citizens of Montenegro during the days of social isolation, through the communication channels available
    from home - online platforms and Montenegro Public Service Television Channel.
Link to source document
April Montenegro Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The Electronic Media Agency urges the media to respect professional standards and to provide truthful information
    based on verified information, thus reducing the possibility of spreading false news that could cause panic. In this
    respect, the Agency recalls the rules in force, in particular with regard to respect for privacy, rules governing the
    disclosure of the identities of the victims of the virus, and other rules of ethics and professionalism.
Link to source document
April Montenegro Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • During the period of application of the temporary measures taken by the government in response to the
    COVID-19 outbreak, the Agency has informed broadcasters that it will show understanding with respect to
    the changes in the stated structure of their programs; while inviting them to give preference to programs that
    transmit information relevant to the preservation of public health. 
Link to source document
DATE North Macedonia SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
April North Macedonia Film/AV sector (non specific) Film agency
  • The North Macedonia Film Agency temporarily accepts, during the confinement period, the digital submission
    of documents.
Link to source document
April North Macedonia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The granting of financial aids for the purpose of protecting the broadcasters’ employees through the purchase
    of protection equipment, expenditures related to the production, procurement and broadcasting of programme.
    The grants will be as follow:
  • MKD 73,000,000.00 to be allocated to commercial and non-profit broadcasters, which are currently conducting
    television or radio broadcasting, 
  • MKD 30,000,000.00 to be allocated to the Public Broadcasting Service, i.e. the Macedonian Radio and Television.
Link to source document
April North Macedonia Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • AAAVMS advises the media to adhere to the Guidelines for Safe and Professional Reporting on the Coronavirus
    (COVID-19) prepared by the Association of Journalists and the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia, which
    provides practical instructions for both professionalism in their work and on how to ensure protection and safety
    for the media workers.
Link to source document
DATE Malta SECTOR ISSUING BODY MEASURE Back
July Malta Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The Broadcasting Authority has conducted an audience assessment in March 2020 – a time when the first steps
    to combat the CoronaVirus pandemic were being taken.
Link to source document
June Malta Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • 23 March - Malta has announced the deferment of VAT payments for March and April to help businesses coping
    with the COVID crisis. The Value Added Tax delayed will be paid in one instalment in two months’ time.
  • Update 22 April - delayed VAT returns and payments deadline confirmed for 15 May 2020.
Link to source document
May Malta Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • MBA issued two circulars to stakeholders, primarily television and radio stations to abide by the directions given by
    the Public Health.  They prohibited the presence of the audience in the studios and instructed presenters and
    producers to keep the social distance required when inviting guests in the programme. Moreover, it instructed that if
    certain programmes which were recorded previous to the directions given by the Public Health and would include
    audiences and are not abiding by the social distancing rule, the media service provider should inform the televiewers
    that such a programme was recorded before these exceptional circumstances. 
Link to source document
April Malta Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • A fund amounting to EUR 75,000 redirected towards a Special Call of the Malta Arts Fund in order to invest in projects
    which address with immediacy and on a long-term basis, the cultural and creative sector impacted by the COVID-19
    situation. 
Link to source document
April Malta Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • Full-time employees of the creative sector are entitled to one days' salary per week equivalent to EUR 160 per month.
    Part-time employees will be eligible to one day's salary per week, equivalent to EUR 100 per month. Moreover,
    self-employed individuals who have employees shall be entitled to two days' salary per week, equivalent to EUR 320 per month. Those are additional grants under the Covid 19 Wage Supplement.
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April Malta Cross-sector - All industries Government/ Parliament
  • The Covid 19 Wage Supplement: Full-time employees as well as self-employed/freelance (including those of the creative industries) are entitled to a monthly supplement of EUR 800. Part-time employees are entitled to a monthly supplement of EUR 500.
  • This is part of the Government's EUR 1.81 billion package of measures to re-inforce the economy. 
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April Malta Cultural & creative industries Government/ Parliament
  • Covid Wage Supplement - Government clarified that self-employed in creative arts are included in the Covid Wage supplement
  • Covid Wage Supplement provides employee with a basic wage cover to address the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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March Malta Film/AV sector - Broadcasting Media regulator
  • The Broadcasting Authority requested journalists and broadcasters to exercise caution as to how they report on the pandemic. 
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