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12.-14.06.2020 - The Danes will receive 3 weeks of the frozen holiday money back in October.

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. A majority in the Parliament has agreed to a summer package which includes that 3 weeks of the frozen holiday money will be paid out to the Danes no later than October. Other initiatives include a one time supplement of 1.000 kroner tax-free, a one-month extension of the compensation scheme for self-employed, freelancers etc., as well as an extension of the temporary suspension of the seniority accounting in the unemployment benefit system as well as the scheme with increased SU-loan opportunities for pupils and students. See the full list below.

  2. Tourists from Norway, Germany and Iceland are now also allowed to sleep in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg municipalities. The tourists must still have registered for at least six nights in order to be allowed in.

  3. The Danish police are no longer doing full-on border controls at the border to Germany and are instead now doing random checks.

  4. The SSI will from now on not use the expression smittetryk (infection pressure) to explain how infectious the coronavirus is at any given moment in the Danish society, given that the expression can be misunderstood. The new term in use will be kontakttal (contact number).

  5. Italy, Germany, France and the Netherlands have signed an agreement with the medical company AstraZeneca, who is currently working on developing a corona-vaccine. The agreement ensures 400 million doses of vaccine to citizens of the EU.

The Minister of Finance, Nicolai Wammen (S) after the agreement was made / Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

THE SUMMER PACKAGE


The government (Socialdemokratiet), Venstre, Det Radikale Venstre, Socialistisk Folkeparti, Enhedslisten, Det Konservative Folkeparti as well as Alternativet have agreed on a ”summer package”, which entails a series of initiatives and solutions to boost the Danish economy. The most important parts of the summer package are:

  1. A payout of 3 weeks of the frozen holiday money, which will be put to payout no later than October 2020.

  2. A one-time tax-free supplement of 1.000 kroner to beneficiaries of various cash benefits. These benefits will not be deducted in the cash benefits one receives.

  3. The scheme for self-employed, freelancers, combinators etc. will be phased out by extending the schemes by one month, so it is available until and including the 8th of August.

  4. A new and targeted temporary compensation scheme for fixed costs for companies that are still restricted by certain covid-19 related restrictions.

  5. A phaseout of the temporary suspension of the seniority accounting in the unemployment benefit system, by extending the initiative by two months until and including the 31st of August, whereafter the suspension will stop. The temporary extension of the right to sickness unemployment benefits will be phased out by extending the scheme by three months.

  6. The scheme with increased SU-loan opportunities for pupils and students will be extended with two months.

Other parts of the deal include:

  • An extension of the deadline for applying to the already-existing guarantee schemes to ultimo 2020 and an increase of the guarantee percentage in the schemes to 80 %

  • Self-employed will be given the right to unemployment benefits without 12 months previous membership of unemployment funds under certain conditions. Furthermore will the criteria for seniority for members of unemployment funds for self-employed who are already members of an unemployment fund, but who do not yet fulfil the seniority criteria be eased, and the unemployment benefit rules for self-employed who are currently banned be made more flexible.

  • An extension of the temporary suspension of the employer's payment of unemployment benefits on the 1st and 2nd day (G-dage) when it comes to divisions of labour or home sent employees until and including the 31st of August.

  • More lenient deadlines for A-taxes, AM-contributions and VAT.

  • An extension of a series of compensation schemes on the cultural area until the 8th of August 2020.

A recovery package will be created with the intention of stimulating the Danish economy through:

  • An extension of the incitement of the companies to invest in research and development through a temporary increase of the deduction of the costs of these.

  • A strengthening of marketing targeting international tourism in 2020.

Furthermore, will there be a focus on supporting the Danish export industries through:

  • The creation of a state fund that can contribute to recapitalize Danish companies. The fund must contribute to strengthening the capital foundation in larger Danish companies with importance for the society, who have extinguished all other normal means of financing.10 billion kroner will be allocated to create this fund.

  • Another 500 million kroner will be used in 2020 on a total export package, including the follow-up on restart teams and 15 million kroner annually in 2020 and 2021 to an increased strengthening of the Export- and Job creational taskforce.

  • A recovery fund underneath the Growth fund.

POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Tourists from Norway, Germany and Iceland are now also allowed to sleep in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg municipalities, says the Minister of Justice, Nick Hækkerup (S). The tourists must still have registered for at least six nights in order to be allowed in.

  • The Danish police are no longer doing full-on border controls at the border to Germany and are instead now doing random checks. This is the first time since the 14th of March that full-on border control hasn’t been done.

  • Danish tourists going abroad are no longer advised against going to cities with more than 750.000 residents, informs the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 12.195 have tested positive, 158 more than Thursday.

  • 55 are hospitalised with corona-virus, 8 fewer than Thursday.

  • Of those 55 are 11 in intensive care, 3 fewer than Thursday.

  • Of those 11 are 5 in respirators, 2 fewer than Thursday.

  • 593 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, 4 more than Thursday.

  • 648.326 have been tested for corona-virus (+38.654) with 12.195 positives (1.88 % positives), a drop of 0.09 %-point from Thursday.

  • 10.955 are reported as healthy again, after having been diagnosed with coronavirus, 113 more than Thursday.

  • The SSI will from now on not use the expression smittetryk (infection pressure) to explain how infectious the coronavirus is at any given moment in the Danish society, given that the expression can be misunderstood. The new term in use will be kontakttal (contact number). The term is used to express the effective reproduction number, or R-number, which explains how many people an infected will infect. A number higher than 1 means that the infection rate is increasing, whereas a number below 1 means that the infection rate is decreasing, meaning the number of infected is declining as a whole. The R-number, or kontakttal from now on, has been around 0.3-0.7 in the week up to the 4th of June, informs the SSI.

  • Italy, Germany, France and the Netherlands have signed an agreement with the medical company AstraZeneca, who is currently working on developing a corona-vaccine. The agreement ensures 400 million doses of vaccine to citizens of the EU.

  • The EU is intending to invest in up to six companies that are currently working on developing a vaccine against coronavirus. The vaccines must be promising in their developmental program, and must be close to, or have already started, clinical trials, i.e. trials on humans. This is part of the European Commission’s strategy to get a vaccine ready as quickly as possible for citizens across the globe. The Ministers of Health across the Member States are interested in this program, says the European Commission’s Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides after a video conference with the ministers Friday.

  • Coronavirus doesn’t hurt pregnant women and their fetuses in the first months of the pregnancy, according to a new survey done at Hvidovre Hospital. The results for the second and first trimester are not ready yet, but the researchers behind the project are saying that much indicates that there’s also nothing to be worried about here.

  • The Danish blood banks have been filled up completely during the corona-crisis, informs the organisation the Blood Donors in Denmark. This is despite worries that the donors wouldn’t show up due to the corona-outbreak, but the opposite has happened. This has also been helped by the fact that many surgeries were cancelled, meaning the need for blood dropped.

  • Both foreign tourists and Danes who are returning from abroad will be able to be tested for coronavirus at the borders if they want to. Test stations will be established in Copenhagen Airport as well as the border to Germany.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • SAS has announced that they will fire 600 fulltime cabin crew by the end of June, which is equivalent to half of all the cabin crew in SAS Denmark. SAS has also announced that they will no longer use the salary compensation scheme.

  • Copenhagen Airport is expecting that 19 out of 20 travellers will stay home during the summer months, which are normally the busiest season for the airport. The number of travellers in Copenhagen Airport also dropped by 98 % in May compared to last year shows traffic numbers.

  • Norwegian will now also demand face masks on their passengers from the 17th of June.

  • The first big investigation of the effect of the various compensation schemes has shown that 80.000 people have avoided losing their jobs due to the compensation schemes. 79 % of the companies in the survey haven’t fired any employees. 10.000 companies have participated in the survey. Birthe Larsen, lector at the Institute of Economics at CBS and one of the main authors behind the research project explains: “This is a concrete scheme, and it is an advantage for the companies to be able to hold on to their employees instead of having to go out and hire and retrain new employees.

  • The Danish companies have experienced a sales drop of 7.4 % in April, equivalent to 24.7 billion kroner. The numbers are without energy. The industries that contributed most to the drop was industry, trade, transport, as well as restaurants and hotels.

  • Two classes at Bagterpskolen in Hjørring has been sent home after two pupils have tested positive for coronavirus. The parents to the pupils in respectively 0th and 3rd grade have been informed



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