The bridging aid for companies with corona-related sales slumps will be extended until the end of June. As the Federal Ministry of Economics said when asked by the dpa news agency, an agreement was reached between the departments on an extension.
Program is yet to be determined
The bridging aid IV has so far run until the end of March. Economics Minister Robert Habeck spoke out in favor of gradual opening steps in the pandemic at the weekend. To protect the economy and employees, an extension of the Corona economic aid until the end of June, analogous to the regulations on short-time work benefits, is also necessary and sensible, according to the ministry.
In the system of bridging aids, it was created that they help and take action when necessary, it said. If the economy picks up, the criterion of a 30 percent drop in sales ensures that only those companies that are still suffering from restrictions receive the help. The individual program conditions are currently being finalized.
Funding level is staggered
The bridging aid, which is worth billions, is the central crisis instrument of the federal government to cushion the consequences of the pandemic for companies and jobs. Companies with a corona-related drop in sales of at least 30 percent are supported. The comparative value is usually the respective month in the pre-Corona year 2019. Fixed operating costs such as rent and leases or expenses for electricity and insurance are reimbursed.
The subsidy amount is staggered depending on the extent of the drop in sales. Habeck had already signaled last week that the IV bridging aid would be extended by three months. The federal government had already extended the regulations that make it easier to receive short-time work benefits by three months until June 30th.