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MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English

Source: Canton of Neuchatel, Switzerland

01.05.2020 The Council of State decided on April 29 to supplement the system it had defined on March 23 with the adoption of a second package of support measures. This new effort will involve the state for an additional 8 million francs in the form of lost funds. The objective is to avoid structural impoverishment of the economic fabric, to limit job losses and to prevent the permanent casualization of people whom the current situation caused by the Covid-19 deprives of prospects. This new package of support for the population and the economy was built on the basis of intense discussions carried out within the framework of the various consultation platforms set up with the circles concerned. It builds on the findings made during the past month and is part of a logic of complementarity with federal measures. Commercial rents: agreement between owners, tenants and the State With the support of the State, common ground was found between the Neuchâtel Real Estate Board and the cantonal sections of Asloca and the Swiss Union of Professional Professionals ‘real estate, concerning the commercial rents of the premises whose use has been temporarily made impossible by the sanitary measures decided by the authorities. The agreement provides that during the imposed closing period, the rent is borne at the rate of 25% by the tenant, 25% by the State and 50% by the owner. This solution will not be imposed, but will require the agreement of the tenant and the owner. The other conditions to be fulfilled and the rent ceiling which will be taken into account will be communicated next week. An amount of 2 million francs has been allocated to cover the State’s share. Strengthening cantonal professional integration measures Despite the good functioning of support measures aimed at preserving workplaces and avoiding redundancies, the number of job seekers is increasing rapidly. The slowdown in new recruitments in many sectors and the registration with the regional placement office of people who, for example, completed their temporary assignment with no prospect of employment are in particular responsible. In order to offer job seekers the best possible support and to use the opportunities that the gradual resumption of activities will create, the cantonal integration measures will be reinforced and adapted to the situation. The Council of State therefore decided, in consultation with the municipalities, to increase the amount provided for this purpose by 2.5 million francs, supported at the rate of 1.5 million francs by the State and 1 million francs by the municipalities for the harmonized social bill. Support for companies for the recruitment of apprentices at the start of the next school year The difficulties encountered by companies risk having an impact on the recruitment of apprentices, the maintenance and creation of new apprenticeship places at the start of the next school year. However, it is essential to offer prospects to young people looking for an apprenticeship. At the same time, it is equally essential that the effort to dualize learning continues. In this perspective, and in addition to the significant incentives already introduced by the training contract, the Council of State decided to grant Neuchâtel training companies a bonus of 2000 francs for any apprenticeship contract for the 1st year starting at the start of the school year. next school. The measure will cost 2.5 million francs, which will be borne entirely by the state. Creation of a support fund for the hotel and tourism sectors The hotel and tourism sectors are among the most severely affected by this crisis: business volumes have collapsed and the medium-term outlook remains very worrying. The range of federal and cantonal support tools will not be enough to ensure the sustainability of this fragile sector of activity, which risks being irreversibly weakened. Faced with these findings, the State Council decided to endow a special support fund for companies in these sectors, which will be jointly managed by professional associations – HôtellerieSuisse and GastroNeuchâtel, Neuchâtel Tourism and the State. These partners will jointly define a support mechanism making it possible to use the means available as efficiently as possible. A call will also be launched to other public or private contributors to join the effort, in order to increase the endowment of the fund and thus contribute to the sustainability of the sector. An amount of 2 million francs will be made available by the State. Extension of the interest-free loan system for small businesses In addition to the new aid described above, the Council of State decided to extend the period of availability of interest-free loans made available to small businesses via the service to June 30 cantonal economy, according to the same terms as those in force since March 23. The government has indeed found that the tool is efficient and that it plays a useful complementary role compared to other federal and cantonal tools. Participation in the federal guarantee program for start-ups Finally, the Council of State confirmed its decision to participate in the federal guarantee program for start-ups. It will adopt the necessary decrees as soon as the federal procedures are known, in order to assume the required participation of the canton, up to 35% of the guarantees which may benefit Neuchâtel start-ups. With this new support for businesses and people in danger from the crisis, the Council of State completes the range of tools already deployed by communities. It does so in active collaboration with numerous partners and by maximizing the leverage of the means committed. The aim is to limit the lasting socio-economic damage caused by the current situation, so that our canton can return to a dynamic of prosperity as quickly as possible, once the health crisis has passed.

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