Aid for SMEs
 

Updated last 26.03.2021

The small and medium-sized enterprises play a decisive role for opening new jobs and the implementation of innovative solutions. Тhe limited access to loans and guarantees, to information and new technologies makes their business difficult. Тherefore, in certain cases (listed in Regulation (EU) 651/2014) state aid is intended to contribute to overcoming of the difficulties and encouragement of the development of SMEs.

Investment аid for SMEs

Investment аid for SMEs

The eligible expenses include one or all of the following categories of costs:

  • Expenditures for investments in tangible and intangible assets (which assets meet the requirements, stipulated in Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014);
  • Planned payroll costs for jobs, directly established by the investment project, calculated for a two-year period.

A required precondition is for the aid to result in the creation of employment as a direct consequence of the investment design.

The aid intensity [1] is up to 20 % of the eligible expenses for small enterprises and up to 10 % of the eligible expenses for medium-size enterprises.

Aid for consulting services to the benefit of SMEs

Aid for consulting services to the benefit of SMEs

The consultancy services should be provided by external consultants. The respective services are not a permanent or intermittent activity, and are not related to the usual operating expenditures of the enterprise, such as the routine services for tax consulting, regular legal consultations or advertising.

The aid intensity is up to 50 % of the eligible expenses.

Aid for the participation of SMEs in fairs

Aid for the participation of SMEs in fairs

The eligible costs include rental expenditures, design and attendance of stalls of the enterprise during its participation at fairs or exhibitions.

The aid intensity is up to 50 % of the eligible expenses.

Aid for SMEs for expenses for cooperation, related to projects along the line of “European Territorial Cooperation”

Aid for SMEs for expenses for cooperation, related to projects along the line of “European Territorial Cooperation”

The eligible expenses include:

  • expenses for organizational cooperation, including personnel and office costs, to the extent they are related to the cooperation project;
  • expenses for cooperation-related consultancy and auxiliary services, provided by external consultants and service suppliers;
  • travel costs, expenses for equipment and investments, directly related to the project and depreciation of tools and equipment, used directly for the project.

The aid intensity is up to 50 % of the eligible costs.

 


[1] “Aid intensity” represents the amount of the aid, expressed as percentage of the eligible costs, prior to the deduction of taxes and other fees.

 
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