Increase in the exempt amount of unemployment security


The Government proposes that the exempt amount be raised temporarily from the current EUR 300 to EUR 500 per month. The exempt amount means the amount unemployed jobseekers can earn without an effect on their unemployment benefit.

The aim is provide financial support to help people find part-time work or other short-term work in agriculture and horticulture enterprises or elsewhere. The raised exempt amount would also apply to income from self-employment. Moreover, the amendment would apply to unemployed jobseekers who already receive adjusted unemployment benefit.

Shorter daily commuting distance for commuting and relocation allowance

The Government proposes that the commuting and relocation allowance be available to persons whose daily commute at the start of employment takes at least two hours instead of the three hours currently required. The allowance could also be paid to persons who move because of a job a distance comparable to the daily commuting requirement.

The aim is to increase regional mobility to help people find full-time work. The amendment applies to both seasonal work in agricultural and horticultural enterprises and other full-time work.

The amendment would enter into force as soon as possible and remain in force until 31 October 2020.

Read more: Government press release 20.5.2020