The main objective of the Program is to support economic operators, small and medium-size companies (IMM) in all economic sectors by facilitating their access to funds in order to improve their economic and technical performance, focusing on adjusting to the requirements determined by the Romania's status as a member of the European Union by increasing the volume of activity and competitiveness of IMM’s in all business sectors, create and maintain jobs, training in specific jobs for all business areas.

This program will be run in three stages:
• step 1: organizing and conducting general and specialized property rights trainings
• step 2: consultancy for pre-diagnosis in the firm and research/documentation on patentable solutions;
• step 3: financing the costs of intellectual property rights registration fees to OSIM.

This procedure establishes a transparent scheme of de minimis aid.
The scheme applies throughout Romania, in all 8 development regions.

Budget of the funding program
To be determined at the time of launching the funding program.

Eligible beneficiaries:

The economic operators (small and medium-size companies as defined by Law no. 346/2004 regarding the stimulation of the incorporation and development of small and medium-size companies, as amended and supplemented) which:

- have at least 2 calendar years of existence on the date of entry into the program and the NACE code for which they apply for funds has been authorized at least 3 months prior to the program application date and they do not have any debts to the general consolidated budget and to the local budgets, both for their headquarters and all their sites;

- have obtained at least 50 points after completing the on-line investment plan;

may benefit from the Program’s provisions


Validity term of the funding program:
To be determined at the time of launching the funding program.


Eligible business sectors:

No AFN is granted within the Program (non-reimbursable financial aid) for:
- fishery and aquaculture products covered by the Council Regulation (EC) no. 104/2000;
- activities related to primary production of agricultural products, as listed in Annex no. 1 to the Treaty establishing the European Community;
- Activities of processing and marketing of agricultural products, as listed in Annex no. 1 to the Treaty establishing the European Community, in the following cases:
a) when the amount of the aid is determined on the basis of the price or of the quantity of such products purchased from primary producers or put on the market by those business operators;
b) when the aid is conditional on being partly or entirely ceded to primary producers (farmers);
- export-related activities, namely aids directly linked to the exported quantities, to the establishment and operation of a distribution network or to other current expenditures linked to the export activity;
- aids for the use of domestic products over imported goods;
- economic agents operating in the coal sector, as defined in EC Regulation No. 1407/2002 on State aid for coal industry;
- aids for the purchase of merchandise road transport vehicles for economic operators whose business subject is supply of merchandise on-road transportation based on fees.

The small and medium-size companies operating in the sectors/areas of financial intermediation and insurance, real estate transactions, gambling and betting, manufacturing or marketing of weapons, ammunition, explosives, tobacco, alcohol, energy products as defined under Law no. 571/2003 regarding the Fiscal Code, as amended and supplemented, substances under national control, plants, narcotics and psychotropic substances and preparations, rental and leasing activities, investigation and protection activities and activities excluded from the European rules, for which no de minimis aid can be granted in accordance with Regulation (EC) no. 1.407/2013 of the Commission of December 18, 2013 on the enforcement of articles 107 and 108 of the De minimis aid Treaty published in the Official Journal of the European Union, Series L, no. 352 of December 24, 2013 are not eligible to be selected in the Program.

The economic operators who have aggregately received as a single enterprise during the last 3 consecutive years (2 previous fiscal years and the current fiscal year), de minimis aids (either from national public sources, either from community sources) totaling 200,000 euros, equivalent in lei (according to the Affidavit on state aids and de minimis aids - Annex no. 4 Section A hereto) cannot benefit from the AFN within the Program.

 

The small and medium-size companies operating in the sectors/areas of financial intermediation and insurance, real estate transactions, gambling and betting, manufacturing or marketing of weapons, ammunition, explosives, tobacco, alcohol, energy products as defined under Law no.  571/2003 regarding the Fiscal Code, as amended and supplemented, substances under national control, plants, narcotics and psychotropic substances and preparations, rental and leasing activities, investigation and protection activities and activities excluded from the European rules, for which no de minimis aid can be granted in accordance with Regulation (EC) no.  1.407/2013 of the Commission of December 18, 2013 on the enforcement of articles 107 and 108 of the De minimis aid Treaty published in the Official Journal of the European Union, Series L, no. 352 of December 24, 2013 are not eligible to be selected in the Program.


The economic operators who have aggregately received as a single enterprise during the last 3 consecutive years (2 previous fiscal years and the current fiscal year), de minimis aids (either from national public sources, either from community sources) totaling 200,000 euros, equivalent in lei (according to the Affidavit on state aids and de minimis aids - Annex no.  4 Section A hereto) cannot benefit from the AFN within the Program

The economic operators who will exceed this threshold by summing up the AFNs granted within the Program with other de minimis aids received during the last 3 consecutive fiscal years may receive funding only up to 200,000 euros, equivalent in lei.

Within this Program, the operators in which there are links between the beneficiary’s shareholder structure and its bidders, between the staff within the Department for SMEs, the Business Environment and Tourism/OTIMMC involved in the implementation of the Program, their relatives and bidders when the winning bidder holds a majority stake in two participating companies for the same type of acquisition within the acquisitions made by the private applicants of the non-reimbursable funds where there are links between the beneficiary’s shareholder structure and the staff of the Department for SMEs, Business environment and Tourism/OTIMMC involved in the implementation of the Program and their relatives cannot benefit from the AFN. The applicant will file a declaration in this regard along with the settlement, attached to the acquisition file, as required by the law on conflict of interest:

      - Law no. 78/2000 on preventing, discovering and sanctioning corruption deeds;
      - Law no. 477/2004 on the Code of Conduct the contractual staff of public institutions and authorities;
      - Criminal Code of Romania.


Eligible expenses:

Through the program the eligible beneficiaries receive:
a) AFN (non-reimbursable financial aid) to a maximum of 90% of the total value of the  eligible expenses made (excluding VAT) but not more than 25,000 lei for each beneficiary for the participation to the property rights general and specialized courses/maximum 5 persons trained/ IMM
b) financial support for pre-diagnosis in firm and research/documentation on patentable solutions worth up to 5,000 lei (excluding VAT)/ IMM
c) financial support for registration fees to OSIM of the intellectual property rights in the maximum amount of 20,000 lei (excluding VAT)/ IMM

The AFN is granted for the following activities/eligible expenses:
a) participation fee for property rights general and specialized, travel and accommodation expenses for attending the courses for maximum 5 persons/ IMM’s
b) consultation for pre-diagnosis in the firm and research/documentation on patentable solutions;
c) costs related to OSIM registration fees of the intellectual property rights.
 

For more information on the funding program, go to

http://www.aippimm.ro/categorie/programe/programe-2015/