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Unemployment Insurance for self-employed

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
Establishment of obligatory unemployment insurance for self-employed. Each self-employed is obliged to pay unemployment insurance contributions based on his annual income. From 2011 till 2013 they were paying 10.00 euros per month. A minimum number of unemployed self- employed receives flat-rate and conditional unemployment benefit for 5 months maximum. /
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: 50 million euros per year
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: 20,000 but only 5.000 received it in 2013
  • Spatial coverage: National
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
Provide social assistance to those self-employed and micro-employers who loose their occupation because of the crisis and don?t manage after 3 months to find any kind of job
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • encompassing security
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • benefit eligibility
Intended target group
Working age population
  • main source of income: social protection
Employers-private institutional actors
self-employees and micro-employers
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body
  • central state
  • employers (organised or individual)
Intended output
  • benefit eligibility
Intended and unintended outcomes
very small ratio of intended beneficiaries
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
A large proportion of self-employed loose their source of income because of the crises and they become unemployed with no right to any social assistance. The unemployment insurance of self-employed and micro-employers provides residual social assistance to a limited number of impoverished ex-self-employed
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