Earlier today it was announced that the court of The Hague declared the trade association inadmissible in the summary proceedings that had been instituted. The trade association wanted to enforce faster payment of the TVL in this way, but according to the judge, such claims belong to the administrative judge. KHN therefore considered further litigation, but did not do so after a ‘good discussion’ with the RVO.
“The judge indicated that catering entrepreneurs must individually lodge an objection with the administrative judge,” said KHN director Dirk Beljaarts. “KHN then decided to immediately call on its members to submit a notice of objection to the RVO. This shocked them enormously, because the filing of 19,000 individual notices of objection would have the possible consequence that the RVO’s apparatus would crash. Then it was decided to look at the possibilities of paying entrepreneurs the increased TVL subsidy as quickly as possible. ”
On the website, the executive service reports today that the determination of the remaining part of the allowance has already started yesterday. “In the coming days, we will send the pre-filled assessment requests to all entrepreneurs who have been awarded TVL in the fourth quarter of 2020. We expect that we have sent 90% of all entrepreneurs a determination request before Thursday 25 March and that 90% of the requests will be decided and paid within three weeks. ”
A spokesperson for the RVO confirms that talks have taken place between the two parties, but denies that new promises have been made. “We do not make the payments after pressure from the catering industry. The RVO is doing what it has always done: trying to pay out support as quickly as possible. The hospitality industry was shocked by the message that support would be paid within a maximum of sixteen weeks, but we always maintain a safe margin. In that sense nothing has changed. ”
KHN concludes that the goal has been achieved, namely that entrepreneurs receive payment of the extra subsidy in the short term. “If the RVO does not adhere to this timeline, KHN will still be forced to appeal and call on all 19,000 members to file an individual notice of objection. KHN is grateful to the employees of the implementing bodies and therefore also the RVO for their hard work and we appreciate their efforts. We assume that our members will be able to receive the money as soon as possible. ”