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Parliamentary questions
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29 April 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Catherine Griset
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Support measures for the self-employed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

Aside from having a public health impact, the protracted COVID-19 outbreak is also, inevitably, causing an economic slowdown. This is affecting the various socio-professional categories to different degrees, with the hardest hit being craftspeople, traders, farmers and the self-employed, who make up the vast majority of the workforce in Europe and provide most of the services that are vital to community life. These worst-affected categories are not properly covered by the proposed support measures, although their survival depends on such measures, which include tax and credit deferrals, unemployment benefit, and direct assistance to cover any revenues losses, health expenses, or even the running costs involved in providing essential professional services.

In view of the above, does the Commission intend to allow the Member States to put the necessary monetary and fiscal measures in place to support all the vulnerable categories, including the self-employed?

Will the Commission make sure that all the financial and economic levers that have been announced are mobilised and made available to Member States to this end?

Original language of question: FR
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