Temporary suspension of short-term leases to any property (airbnb) for reasons of public health, strengthening domestic tourism for 12 months and reducing directly - from the resumption of the season - the VAT rate to 6% in accommodation and 13% in all catering and transportation are some of the proposals they submitted with their joint letters to the competent Ministries of Finance, Labor and Social Affairs, Development and Investment and Tourism, the Panhellenic Federation of Hoteliers and the Hotel Chamber of Greece.
The following are the details:
1.Protection of the entire tourist offer of the country
• Temporary suspension of short-term leases to any property for reasons of public health.
Limitation of short-term leases to accommodation licensed by the Ministry of Tourism. Private real estate offered for short-term lease must for reasons of public health protection meet the conditions and specifications of Article 46 of Law 4179/2013, ie detached houses of at least 80 sqm with independent external access licensed and controlled by the Ministry of Tourism.
• Training in cooperation with the Ministries of Health, Transport, Foreign Affairs and Interior and with the professional tourism agencies of the reception conditions of visitors to our country for the protection of public health.
• Training in cooperation with XEE and the Ministry of Health of the special rules of operation of tourist accommodation for the protection of the health of workers and customers against COVID-19.
• Training in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and with the professional bodies of tourism of the terms of visitation of the museums, the archeological sites and the other monuments of the country.
2. Emphasis on tourism demand
• 12-month internal tourism promotion program by expanding the participation criteria of the beneficiaries and covering part of the cost of accommodation by the state in the form of a voucher.
• Establishment of a new marketing plan by EOT in collaboration with Marketing Greece and the regions for targeted campaigns in the countries-sources of tourists with a parallel increase of the budget for promotion and advertising of Greek tourism.
• Co-operatives with tour operators and airlines for reciprocal advertising programs.
• Cooperation with Hellenes Abroad for the promotion of the country and its promotion as a safe destination.
Ministry of Finance
1. Reduction immediately - from the resumption of the season - of the VAT rate to 6% on accommodation and 13% on the entire catering and transport (equation of tax rates that apply and pre-crisis in competing countries, such as Spain and Turkey , Italy).
2. Abolition of the residence tax.
3. Abolition of the supplementary ENFIA.
4. For companies that rent public real estate, NPDD and Institutions, rent reduction by 40% for the entire year 2020. It is noted that, as we are informed, regarding the application of the already applicable regulation, the competent services cannot share it. annual rent per month to apply the relevant discount.
5. To provide the seasonal hotel companies, which have suspended their operation on the basis of a relevant CA, with the possibility of joining the measure of refundable deposit. These are usually for small family businesses, which use low-capacity accommodation, which during the winter, when they remain closed, do not employ staff and have zero turnover. These companies today do not have the opportunity to join this measure based on the conditions set (employment of 1-500 employees, turnover of the last 3 months, etc.). Therefore, following the announcement of the extension of the program of the refundable deposit until 30-6-2020, the right should be granted, at least during the second stage of submission of applications, and these companies should be included in the specific regulation.
6. Especially for companies that have had transactions with Thomas Cook, an exemption must be provided from the obligation to pay the uncollected VAT on the invoices issued to the specific company, in accordance with the provisions of the decision No. 355/2019 of the CoC and have been made. accepts with the number O DEEF A 1165616 EX 2019 circular of AADE. We believe that there is no reason to burden companies with additional costs, forcing them to sue in this case, since this issue has already been resolved by the country's Supreme Court.
7. In the case of existing informed arrangements, the payment of installments should be suspended until 30-4-2021 and their restructuring should be provided through an increase in installments (up to 100).
8. Finally, with regard to the issues related to the use of the euphoria (we have sent you in the past a relevant record of the issues to be resolved), the relevant JMC that provides for the concession process of the simple use of the euphoria should be amended immediately. its specific arrangements (space allotted, etc.) will be adapted to the needs arising from the new data of the health crisis, while at the same time to provide for a horizontal reduction of 40% of the rent per square meter due to reduced seasons and minimum income.
Ministry of Development and Investment
1. Support for hotel business investments which have been included in the development laws and programs of the NSRF
• Prediction of extension of the deadline for completion of investment plans that have been subject to Law 3299/2004 and 3908/2011 and to the programs of the NSRF for an additional year.
• Increase of the advance payment rate in the approved investment plans of the development laws from 1/7 to 3/7 by presenting corresponding paid documents.
• Accelerate procedures for:
i. completion of the audit of the files of the integrated projects
ii. immediate repayment of projects that have already been completed, inspected and operated.
iii. Promoting the investment projects of hotel companies that are established in the islands affected by immigration, as well as in the fire-affected areas of Anat. Attica
• Increasing De minimis funding limits.
2. Radical redesign of investment policy in tourism
• Strengthening the existing hotel capacity as a priority for the implementation of investments that support on the one hand its sustainable operation, on the other hand the response to the increased demands for protection of public health and customer safety, as well as climate change
• Emphasis on general infrastructure development projects that shield the security level of tourist destinations
• Suspension of the aid for the creation of new beds for the years 2021 and 2022, except in the case of the expansion of existing hotel accommodation and the conversion of architectural heritage buildings into a hotel.
• Rearrangement of the map of regional aid for a balanced approach to the consequences of the decline in tourism due to COVID-19 in hotel media across the country.
• Reforming the evaluation criteria of the investment plans of the hotel media based on the service of the needs of the negative situation.
• Recognition of the export character of hotel companies in the development law and in all the programs of the NSRF, in order to receive equal treatment with the export companies.
In 2019, there was a strong trend of investment in tourism with a parallel warming of winter activity in the construction sector. The COVID-19 pandemic has halted this growth momentum, and the viability of business / investment is now clearly impacted, with the risk of remaining unfinished small and medium-sized investments made with own funds. It would be advisable to consider, in imminent funding programs (new invitations to NSRF actions), the possibility of eligibility of expenditures with an initial date before the announcement (eg from 01/01/2019). In this way, self-financing investment projects can be integrated, thus saving investments that are in danger of not being completed and jobs, while at the same time supporting the fast and efficient absorption of the available Community resources NSRF.
3. Hotel business loans
• Predicting a special framework for long-term repayment of existing hotel loans, including financial leases, due to accumulation of losses from the effects of COVID-19 on Greek tourism: suspension of capital repayments.5 to less than 31.12.2019 for a period of 90 years from 15 days delay) and their regulation with a time horizon of XNUMX years.
Special attention should be paid to bank loans of hotel companies, which are up to date, but present other types of difficulties (such as bank security write-offs due to problems in the past or for companies that were hit last year by Thomas Cook's bankruptcy, etc.). , in order to avoid the creation of a new generation of red loans.
Especially for businesses that have been hit by the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook, instead of 31-12-2019, 30-11-2019 should be considered as an informed date.
It is noted that, during the crisis caused by the above bankruptcy, your Ministry had pledged to take as a measure to strengthen the specific companies the granting of working capital, which to date has not been implemented so that these companies can not be informed on 31-12-2019.
• Extension of the measure of the subsidy of the interest of the existing loans for a period of 12 months.
• Granting low-interest working capital or possible with a minimum interest rate (margin for Euribor), with a grace period of 18 months, ie until 31/12/2021 and a minimum duration of 5 years. They must cover up to 40% of the turnover of 2019 and be granted with a 100% guarantee by the Greek State. They will be channeled to cover immediate liabilities and fixed operating expenses (expenses of DEKO, OTA, AADE, EFKA, payments to suppliers, checks).
• Granting low-interest fixed assets or possibly with a minimum interest rate (margin to Euribor), with a grace period of 18 months, ie until 31/12/2021 and a minimum duration of 12 years, in order to reheat the market (construction, suppliers, etc.).
Welfare for further suspension of payments for check-in hotel businesses depending on developments in domestic and international tourism demand. There are already liabilities on the market until 30/11/2020, which will not be able to be paid due to the fact that the tourist season is objectively impossible to start before 1/07/2020 at best.
In order to pay the above checks, a special banking product must be created as above.
5. Rental of hotel properties
• Temporary extension of the measure of reduction by 40% of the rent of private or public real estate, NPDD and Institutions that have used a hotel until the end of the year, including the leases of real estate carried out by hotel companies for housing staff
• Extension by legal provision of hotel unit leases expiring in 2020 or 2021 for three years. Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
1. Many hotel businesses to be able to reopen will be required, due to limited work and non-existent income, as well as health restrictions that may be imposed on them, at least for the first time, to reduce their staff's working time. using flexible forms of work (rotation - part-time employment). It is therefore imperative that the measures envisaged to date be taken into account in the future so as not to restrict the right of companies to apply these flexible forms of employment - but rather to facilitate the relevant process, always with the aim of maintaining existing jobs.
2. Following the above (1) indication, it is deemed necessary to provide additional benefits, so that through them part of the income loss that employees will have due to the reduction of their employment time will be covered.
3. It is necessary to provide for the subsidy of the cost of employer's insurance contributions, without it being linked to any restriction on the form of employment of employees - not to deprive companies of the opportunity to convert full-time employment contracts into part-time jobs. rotation. It is also important that the amount of this subsidy does not fall within the limits of de minimis.
4. The terms of remuneration and employment of hotel business employees throughout the country shall provide for specific deadlines for the re-employment of seasonal staff. It is a given that these dates will not be applied in the current period, as hotels, if reopened, will have extremely low occupancy rates that will not allow them to re-hire and employ all of their staff. We propose to explicitly provide, for the duration of the health crisis, that the re-employment of seasonal workers will be gradual, based on the occupancy rate of hotels, in accordance with Article 8 of Law 1346/1983, in derogation from those specified in the sectoral section. If this is not provided, most hotels will prefer not to start operating at all, because they will not be able to employ all the staff that were employed in the previous tourist season.
5. It is a given that many companies will not be operating during the current period, due to the health crisis that has hit the whole of Europe and its consequences (zero air and road arrivals, etc.). Therefore, their employees will not be re-employed. These workers will be required to extend their unemployment benefits until at least April 2021 (depending on the course of the health crisis). At the same time, however, it should be possible, optionally and in order to meet the basic needs of businesses, that these employees, without losing the unemployment benefit, make certain wages (whose insurance contributions will be subsidized according to the above). Finally, the possibility of an increase in the unemployment benefit should be considered, in conjunction with the monitoring of training programs.
6. In view of the preparations for the opening of the hotels, it should be explicitly stated (we believe that this is still the case today, there is simply no explicit wording in the law) that companies that have suspended their operation based on a government decision can also apply as to employees who have not suspended the regulation for safe operation personnel (we take it for granted, since there is no prohibition in the law, that the application of flexible forms of work is not prohibited), but to make use of and employment in telework with the limits set by law (10% of staff has been suspended).
7. Finally, regarding the insurance contributions, we propose a. to provide, with the exception of for the duration of the health crisis, the possibility for companies involved in the 100 and 120 installments to use the debt settlement platform (for more than once) to regulate current insurance liabilities, without to lose the setting already included, b. provide for the possibility of joining the debt settlement forum more than three (3) times, c. to increase the installments of the EFKA-KEAO adjustment fee from 12 to 36 and to provide a different payment ID for each debt, in the standard of those who apply for tax obligations and d. the payments of active and informed installments to be suspended until 30-4- 2021 with the possibility then to either join a new regulation (emergency) of 120 installments or with a simultaneous extension of the current regulation (without surcharges and interest).