MEEMA: ”The implementation procedure for the «Microgrants» measure provided from external non-refundable funds”, amended as a result of the observations received in the public consultation period

The Minister of Economy, Energy and Business Environment (MEEMA) announces that the implementation procedure for the measure” Microgrants provided from external non-refundable funds” within the state aid scheme set up by GEO no.130 from 31st of July 2020, regarding certain measures for the provision of financial support from external non-refundable funds within the Operational Program Competitiveness 2014-2020, in the context of COVID-19 crisis, has been amended as a result of the observations received in the public consultation period.

 As we have stated before, the measure is effective until 31st December 2020, and the payments within this scheme will be made until 31th of December 2020. The total allocated budget is 100 million euros, of which 85 million euros are allocated from the POC 2014-2020 budget and 15 million euro from the cofounding state budget. A maximum number of 50.000 beneficiaries are estimated to benefit from the state aid through the implementation of this measure.

 Microgrants are provided on the basis of a state aid contract settled with the following categories of beneficiaries:

a)      Small and medium enterprises that prove through the financial statements filled that they do not have employees with an individual employment contract as of 31th of December 2020;

b)     Authorized natural persons, NGOs conducting economic activities in one of the sectors described at appendix no.1 of GEO 130/2020;

c)      Authorized natural persons, individual medical practices, if they were involved in the transportation, equipment, assessment, diagnose and treatment of the COVID-19 patients, that did not benefit from the medical incentive provided under the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 43/2020 for the approval of certain supporting measures funded through European funds, as a result of the spread of COVID-19, during the state of emergency, approved with amendments and supplements by the Law no. 82/2020. In order to prove their involvement in COVID-19 related activities, as well as for not receiving the medical incentive, the beneficiaries have to fill a certificate/form issued by the medical facility where the beneficiary/regional public health administration, if applicable, provided the service and upload it on the registration application (Appendix 3).

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