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Covid-19's economic impact: €100 billion to keep people in jobs

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An empty office de to Coronavirus out-brake ©Prostock-studio/AdobeStock © Prostock-studio/AdobeStock

The EU will provide additional financial support to member states to protect jobs and workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Many businesses are experiencing economic difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 crisis and have had to temporarily suspend or substantially reduce their activities and the working hours of their staff. To support employers and to protect workers and the self-employed from losing their jobs or incomes, the European Commission is proposing a new temporary instrument called Sure (Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency), to complement national efforts to protect employment.

The proposal is part of a set of EU measures to help member states tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
Welcoming the creation of Sure and calling on EU countries to implement it quickly, Slovak ECR member Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová, chair of Parliament's employment committee, said: "It is an important expression of EU solidarity and a helpful instrument to mitigate the socio-economic effects of the Covid-19 crisis. By supporting short-time work schemes and similar measures, Sure will help companies experiencing economic difficulties to keep people in jobs."

Find out what other measures the EU has taken to combat the pandemic.