SUMMARY OF MEASURES IN WALLONIA

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Attention: these measures are likely to evolve!

Contact number 1890 (crisis call-center) for companies.

Measure 1: Lump sum compensation

WHAT: 5,000 EUR per company completely closed or at a standstill as a result of decisions adopted by the National Security Council and belonging to the following sectors:

– Catering (NACE code 55);

– Accommodation (NACE code 56);

– The activities of travel agencies, tour operators, reservation services and related activities (NACE code 79);

– Retail trade (NACE code 47 – except 47.20, 47.62, 47.73).

2.500 EUR per company which must modify their closing days without being closed all week in application of the decisions adopted by the National Security Council.

– Personal services – hairdressers (NACE code 96.021).

IMPACT: Additional / replacement revenue

ADDITIONAL INFO: Payments will take place from April. Requests to be done via this website.

Measure 2: Deferral on repayment on credits in progress

WHAT: The Walloon financial tools as a whole (SRIW, GROUPE SOGEPA, SOWALFIN, invests) will grant a general deferral on outstanding loans (capital & interests) until the end of March 2020. This deferral may be extended until the end of the month of April 2020.

IMPACT: Grace period up to one month (extendable in 2). The repayment plan is automatically reported of an equivalent period.

Measure 3: Delays and indulgence in regional procedures

WHAT: Flexibility and indulgence applied by the Walloon Region within the framework of regional procedures (requests for bonuses, subsidies, etc.).

IMPACT: Flexibility of the procedures in progress (jobs, deadline or deadline for repayment of aid, etc.).

 

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– The granting of guarantees at 50% on existing credit lines granted by banks without initial SOWALFIN guarantee, with a maximum commitment of 500,000 EUR, in order to allow these means to be made available to impacted companies;

– The granting of guarantees at 75% on increases in existing lines (Banks – Invests);

– The granting of 75% guarantees on new short-term credit lines (Banks – Invests).

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Leverage on the banking sector: granting a loan equivalent to the loans granted by the banks to face the maturities of the companies in very short term: the bank credits, the SOGEPA / Wallonia Health will double the stake of the banks which support the companies. More info.

100 millions € budget to strengthen public guarantees for bank loans by up to 75% :

– supplement the guarantees automatically granted by SOWALFIN (to healthy companies before the crisis): to achieve guarantees of a maximum amount of € 2.5 million per beneficiary

– for companies in difficulty: 75% guarantee of a maximum amount of € 2.5 million per beneficiary

– if the company is not elligible for the federal guarantee scheme.

– if the company is having difficulties due to covid-19 crisis only ( were not in difficulties at 31/12/2019).

– More info (conditions, eligible products, amounts…)

loans without private counterparty for a maximum amount of EUR 200,000 with a 1-year repayment excess and with a fixed interest rate of 2%. More info.

Introduction of request is done only via completing a Form (click here for access) and sending it back by email.

Healthcare establishment or ETA

– For healthcare establishment (hospitals, nursing homes, disability sector, mental health) or ETA, there is a specific form to ask for support to “Wallonie Santé” (SOGEPA).

– It is available HERE

 

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The extension of the GELIGAR guarantee mechanism from 50 to 250 million:

– 75% guarantee granted automatically

– In compliance with the overall ceiling of EUR 1,500,000 in outstandings per beneficiary

– Guarantee existing short-term lines granted by banks without the guarantee of the Walloon Region

Guarantee the short-term line increases that would be granted to businesses to help them get through this period of crisis. The granting of a moratorium on medium-term credits may be considered as short-term line increases.