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The government has approved legislative changes to unemployment security regarding mobility allowance and business activities, as proposed by the Cabinet.

Changes to mobility allowance from 1 January 2018:

  • the minimum part-time employment hourly limit of 18 h/week will be abolished, meaning that mobility allowance can be paid for a larger number of part-time employment relationships
  • mobility allowance can also be paid for training related to new employment relationships, if other conditions are met
  • from 1 January 2018, a child increase can also be included in the mobility allowance 
  • a mobility allowance can be paid with an increase (of € 4.74 per day at the 2017 level) if an employment relationship or the related place of training is located over 200 kilometres from the place of residence or the place of residence before moving
  • from 1 January 2018, mobility allowance can be applied for within three months of the start of the related employment relationship or training

The changes will apply to mobility allowances granted for employment or training that begins on 1 January 2018 or later. 

Changes related to starting business activities, from 1 January 2018:

  • when an unemployed person engages in business activities, the full-time or part-time nature of the business activities will not be assessed for the first four months of business
  • if after four months, the business activities are considered full-time, the entitlement to benefits will end from that date
  • if, after four months, the business activities are considered part-time, the entitlement to benefits will continue and all income from the business activities will be taken into account when paying the adjusted allowance

We will update the text on our website to correspond to the legislative changes by 15 January 2018.