Due to forced restrictions and increased uncertainty, many sectors need extra support. So say VNO-NCW and MKB Nederland in response to the press conference in which additional corona measures were announced.
This package of measures is “inevitable”, says chairman Ingrid Thijssen of VNO-NCW. “The cabinet must take measures to contain the virus, but it is a huge blow for entrepreneurs.” That is why, according to Thijssen, it is important “that there is extra support for sectors that are hit time and again, such as the catering industry, events, but also transport.”
Firstly, the employers’ organizations argue for a new time-out and stop scheme that allows entrepreneurs to (temporarily) stop without debt. “There are entrepreneurs who have a business that you know will open again soon,” says Thijssen. “It would of course be a real shame if they went bankrupt in the meantime. That is why we say: make an arrangement that they can temporarily stop, a kind of time-out, so that they can open again when the virus is over. “
The aim of the scheme is that an entrepreneur in the event industry, for example, does not have to sell all equipment at rock bottom prices in the event of bankruptcy. Employees do lose their jobs. In practice, according to Thijssen, it is a complex puzzle. “A few things have to be done in bankruptcy schemes, creditors have to cooperate, but also the UWV and the tax authorities.”
In addition to the time-out scheme, the employers’ organizations also want entrepreneurs who wrongly fall outside the so-called Fixed Cost Allowance (TVL) to be able to make use of it. This would apply, for example, to a transport company that transports products for the catering industry.
‘Further elaborate the route map’
In the coming weeks, everything must be done to get the testing capacity in order and to work out the government’s roadmaps, say the employers’ organizations. These roadmaps are intended to provide more clarity about what kind of measures the cabinet is taking in which situation. “The perspective must come from those roadmaps so that we will soon know what is possible again.”