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Communiqué from the Council of State

Posted on November 12, 2020

Federal consultation on hardship cases

After consulting with the French-speaking cantons, the Council of State points to the financial under-sizing of the federal system and asks the Confederation to increase the planned resources by 1 billion francs. In addition to various requests for the ordinance itself, it insists on maintaining and reactivating the instruments put in place during the “first wave”: extended RHT and COVID-19 loans from the Confederation.

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While the Vaud government welcomes the principle on which the Confederation’s support for hardship cases is based, it notes that the proposed model is not suitable, because it was clearly designed to stabilize the last effects of the semi-confinement of the 1st semester and not to face a second wave more virulent than the first.

Go from 200 million to 1 billion

The Council of State considers that the planned aid of 200 million is largely insufficient and will not cover the needs, given the duration of the health crisis and the extent of the damage caused to the economy. Like the cantons of western Switzerland, the Canton of Vaud is therefore asking the Confederation to commit one billion to aid in hardship cases. Knowing that this support will only be released if the cantons commit to the same amounts, the total envelope would thus amount to a maximum of two billion francs, which undoubtedly seems more proportionate to the scale of the crisis and to the the duration of these aids.

Urgently reactivate RHT and COVID-19 loans

The Canton of Vaud urgently requests that the Federal Council pronounce not only the extension of the special HRT regime until at least June 2021, but also its extension to all workers who benefited from it between March 16 and mid-May; indeed, in full resurgence, the COVID epidemic can in no way be considered a normal risk of exploitation. At the same time, the Vaud government is also pleading for a reactivation of the guarantee mechanism put in place during the 1st phase of semi-containment, namely the COVID-19 I and II loans up to the 40 billion initially released by the Confederation last March. This instrument will make it possible to support the most affected sectors which did not necessarily have recourse to this possibility in the first place.

Limit bureaucracy

Finally, the Council of State proposes to simplify the granting of the various supports and to limit the bureaucracy. It notes that certain conditions set by the draft ordinance are too restrictive at the risk of unfairly penalizing companies in real difficulty as a result of the pandemic.

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