After extensive investigation and consultation with the FIOD investigation service and the Public Prosecution Service, RVO has reported several hundred cases of abuse and improper use. The checks on new applications have also been further tightened. At the same time, the bank accounts of the companies against which a declaration has been filed has been temporarily seized.
How much money is involved in the abuse has not been disclosed. The TVL is provided to entrepreneurs and self-employed persons who lose more than 30 percent turnover and therefore run into problems with paying their fixed costs. To date, a total of 3.5 billion euros has been awarded in subsidies.
The seizure follows signals about abuse earlier this year and is one of the steps that the RVO is taking to combat abuse of the TVL. More steps will follow in the coming period, let the Rijksdienst know. In this way, RVO hopes to be able to reclaim some of the unduly paid subsidies. More seizures are also expected to follow in the coming weeks.
If the RVO suspects that there has been abuse, the organization will always file a report. In the meantime, a total of 241,000 subsidy applications have been reported 1133 times and 679 of the 206,000 subsidies granted have been withdrawn due to abuse. Most of the attempts at abuse would fail due to extensive prior checks.
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