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Unemployment benefits to long term unemployed

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
Those who got the normal unemployment benefit continuously for 12 months(maximum duration) and gain annual family income 12,000.0 euro maximum plus 587 euro for each protected child under the age of 18nth have the right to receive a flat rate unemployment benefit of 200 per month for 12 months maximum. Since 2013 the maximum family income must not exceed 10,000.0 per year.
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: actually the beneficiaries are less than 5% of long term unemployed
  • Spatial coverage: National
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
Provision of minimum financial assistance to long-term unemployed while avoiding to overload, unbearably the unemployment insurance fund
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • dualisation
Type of innovation
  • retrenchment or expansion of an existing/earlier policy
New outputs
  • benefit eligibility
Intended target group
Working age population
  • main source of income: paid work
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body
  • central state
  • employees (organised or individual)
  • employers (organised or individual)
Clarification of the role of various actors
This innovation start as social partners? initiative in 2000 and financed until 2013 by contributions paid to the National Bill for Combating Unemployment(LAEK). Since 2012 is a central state policy regulated and financed by Law.
Intended output
  • benefit eligibility
  • benefit level
Intended and unintended outcomes
Less than 10%
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
Annihilated as the beneficiaries are very limited /
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