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Vienna sets up fund to aid struggling SMEs

The city has 35 million euros at its disposal to combat the adverse economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic

  • March 18, 2020 09:30
  • Author Anton Stoyanov
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Earlier this week, Vienna municipality, alongside the Vienna Chamber of Commerce, announced the creation of a new fund aimed at protecting small and medium businesses from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, stated his belief that speed is of the essence when it comes to protecting struggling businesses. That is why the new fund will play a vital and important role in the city’s efforts in assisting citizens and enterprises alike.

By having the 35 million euros set apart in a fund and at their disposal, local authorities will be able to circumvent a lot of red tape and offer quick solutions and fixes to local business owners. That, in turn, would spare citizens of Vienna massive layoffs and protect workers who might otherwise have been slashed under the circumstances.

Specific measures aimed at protecting locals

These 35 million euros that were recently announced are part of only the first package of funding that will aid businesses and citizens. The funding is divided into three separate parts:

  • 12 million euros that will guarantee the liquidity of Vienna’s small and medium-sized enterprises
  • 20 million euros of emergency funding for small and medium enterprises. Through this fund, companies with less than 10 employees will be able to receive financing when their situation turns especially dire – namely when they suffer an over 50% turnover decline
  • 3 million euros for employment solutions provided by the Vienna Employment Promotion Fund, alongside the Vienna Employment Agency. Together they will offer various solutions to workers and employers including enrollment in on-the-job training courses and others.

This funding package is just the first step that the municipality is taking in preventing an economic collapse in the city. Later today, the local government will discuss and consider an expansion of the measures after a meeting with social partners from across Vienna.

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