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Support to event organisers
The Government intends to introduce new financial support to organisers of events planned for period July–December 2021 that cannot be held or must be greatly limited due to the restrictions resulting from the spread of COVID-19. The proposal means that the State will cover part of the financial risk. The design of the support is currently being prepared at the Government Offices, and the Government intends to present the details at a later date. This is based on an agreement between the government parties, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.
The pandemic has meant that event organisers have been hard hit financially since restrictions on the number of participants prevent them from carrying out their activities. This applies to organisers of concerts, stage performances, exhibitions, festivals and other similar cultural events, fairs, markets, civil society events and athletics and other sports events. In light of this, the Government is now proposing event support intended for these kinds of events.
At present, the Government cannot comment on when it will be possible to allow events of a certain size or which restrictions will apply for events when they are allowed. In this uncertain situation, and to make it possible to hold events that require planning once the infection situation allows, it is an important signal that the State will cover part of the costs if an event cannot be held or must be limited due to the spread of COVID-19.
Under the proposal, the support will amount to a maximum of 70 per cent of the costs not covered by revenues or other support.
This support is contingent on approval by the European Commission before the Government can take a decision on implementation.
The new event support is one of the measures the Government intends to take to stimulate a restart once the situation allows and should be seen together with the support to culture and sport also proposed by the Government.