On 27 October 2020, Belgian Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Pascal Arimont of the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) posed a written parliamentary question to the European Commission:
“On 6 August 2020, the Commission replied to my question for written answer, E-003246/20, stating that it intended to examine whether German short-time work schemes fall within the material scope of Regulation (EC) No 883/2004. If this were not the case, the Commission would examine whether the short-time working scheme could be considered a ‘social advantage’ within the meaning of Article 7(2) of Regulation (EU) No 492/2011.
Have there been any developments? When can we expect the result of the Commission’s deliberations?”
On 28 January 2021, Jobs and Social Rights Commissioner Nicolas Schmit responded on behalf of the European Commission stating: “In order to provide an accurate assessment of the short time work scheme, the Commission has contacted and received information from several stakeholders.
This information is being analysed to establish whether the abovementioned scheme falls within the scope of Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 or any other EU legislation.
The Commission will inform the Honourable Member of the outcome of this analysis in the course of the first six months of this year.”
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