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 Increasing the competitiveness of SMEs in the fields of tourism and health

 Advisory guide – 29.03.2023

Enhancing the sustainable growth and competitiveness of SMEs and creating jobs within SMEs, including through productive investments

The type of call
Competitive with deadline submission

The allocated budget
46,714,503.60 euros

Eligible beneficiaries
Companies that fall into the category of micro-enterprises, small and medium-sized enterprises in urban and rural areas, registered in the North West region

Minimum eligibility criteria

  • The applicant carried out activity for a period corresponding to at least one fiscal year and recorded operating profit in the fiscal year prior to the submission of the financing application and did not have the activity suspended at any time in the year of submission of the financing application
  • The applicant registered and registers including at the date of the grant of the aid an average number of employees of at least 1, in the fiscal year prior to the submission of the funding request
  • The applicant and/or his legal representative are not in difficulty/bankruptcy/insolvency
  • The project implementation location is located in the urban/rural environment of the North West region (including villages belonging to cities, municipalities) 
  • Increasing turnover and creating at least 1 job per project

Non-refundable financial aid

  • State aid
  • De minimis aid

Amount of non-refundable financial aid: minimum 200,000 euros and a maximum of 1,500,000 euros
The percentage of the non-refundable financial aid is granted according to the category of the enterprise and the county to which the applicant belongs, as follows:

Medium enterprises

  • Bihor, Cluj – 50%
  • Bistrita, Maramureș, Satu-Mare, Sălaj – 60%

Small and micro-enterprises

  • Bihor, Cluj – 60%
  • Bistrita, Maramureș, Satu-Mare, Sălaj – 70%

For the de minimis aid component of the project, the contribution of the program is a maximum of 100% of the eligible amount of expenses financed by de minimis aid and within the limit of the de minimis ceiling of a maximum of 200,000 euros/single enterprise

Eligible investments:

  • construction works, expansion of production/service facilities
  • the purchase of technological equipment, machines, work installations, furniture, computer equipment, office equipment
  • the purchase of specific installations/equipment in order to obtain an energy saving, as well as systems that use renewable (alternative) energy sources for the efficiency of the activities for which funding has been requested

Types of eligible activities

  • the purchase of equipment, technologies, innovative machines, as well as investments in production spaces/related services
  • investments in advanced production techniques – investments in tangible and intangible assets related to industrial modernization for the sectors of smart specialization, industrial design, including design-based innovation, mass customization (3D printing, direct digital manufacturing), marketing activities;
  • support in the acquisition by SMEs of patents, licenses or non-patented technical solutions, and the exploitation by SMEs of research results;
  • the valorization of some research results (the continuation initiative of the Research Valorization Program action - developed within the action with the World Bank "Supporting catching up regions in Romania"

To remember!

The increase in turnover compared to the year before submitting the funding request and the creation of at least one new full-time job that it maintains throughout the sustainability period is a condition of eligibility.

The investment must be maintained in the NV region for a period of at least three years after making the final payment.

Other environmental objectives achieved within the submitted project will be additionally scored:

  • ensures the transition to a circular economy
  • ensures adaptation to climate change

Facilities for rest areas, dining areas and administrative areas are not eligible.