Orders to support businesses and the public

Support for businesses, protection of social rights, labor law, public services: twenty-four first orders must be presented on Wednesday to the Council of Ministers after the vote on the law establishing a state of health emergency.

– Business support –

The ordinances set up a solidarity fund of one billion euros, including 250 million euros contributed by the regions.

In addition, some companies, including insurers, have indicated that they will contribute up to € 200 million.

This will benefit companies with fewer than 10 employees and whose annual turnover is less than one million euros, and which have also been subject to either a closure measure or which have undergone “very significant drop” in their turnover.

The beneficiaries will receive aid of 1,500 euros paid “early April”, according to Matignon.

Additional assistance of 2,000 euros may be paid “on a case-by-case basis” for these very small businesses that risk bankruptcy, but only those with at least one employee.

In addition, companies eligible for the solidarity fund will not be able to suffer from power cuts due to unpaid bills and will be able to obtain a payment deferral of six months without penalty.

For rents, during the two consecutive months in a state of health emergency, penalties in the event of non-payment are prohibited.

– Economic life of the country –

Travel companies will be able to reimburse coupons for canceled services. Failing to use these assets, customers will be reimbursed after eighteen months.

The ordinances also provide for simplification measures for the benefit of companies: additional time limits for the publication of accounts and the possibility of organizing general meetings and boards of directors by videoconference, or even mail.

The principles of public procurement are also simplified.

Finally, the text provides for a simplification in the authorizations issued to telecom operators for interventions on the roads and roofs.

– Work, social affairs –

The texts provide, in certain sectors of activity, for a modification of the dates of paid holidays and derogations from the maximum working hours and from weekly and Sunday rest.

Five ordinances relating to social affairs also set up a guarantee of funding for health establishments, the possibility for maternal assistants to babysit up to six children, with a family information service to know availability in real time. .

The ordinances also provide for the extension of rights open for several social minima, and that of the winter truce, extended until May 31, including as regards the supply of energy, which cannot be interrupted due to non-payment.

– Régalien –

Regarding justice, an order suspends the prescription of public action and the execution of sentences, widens the use of the single judge for correctional hearings, and allows the use of videoconferencing, in particular for the assistance of a lawyer in police custody or the presentation of a suspect before the prosecutor or the liberty and detention judge.

The orders also create new two-month sentence reductions for detainees, except those convicted of terrorism or domestic violence, converted to house arrest.

The possibility of ruling behind closed doors is also widened.

Regarding residence permits, all documents which expire between March 16 and May 15 have an extended validity of 90 days, “this in order to avoid that the persons concerned do not have to go to the prefecture”, explained Matignon.

Two orders relating to the management of public accounts aim to ensure the continuity of payments by relaxing the rules, in particular with a derogation from the provisions relating to the responsibility of public accountants.

An extension of the delegations which are granted to the presidents of regional councils for the granting of aid to companies in difficulty is also planned.


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