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Minimis aid scheme for ICT sector development

In this issue:

Minimis aid scheme in order to increase the contribution of the ICT sector to the economic competitiveness


The de minimis aid scheme is applicable in the field of ICT and is funded through the Competitiveness Operational Program (COP).

In order for this aid to be granted, it must comply with the de minimis aid criteria set out in the Regulation (EU).


The objective of the de minimis aid scheme

The funding is intended for the implementation of projects to ensure the development of innovative ICT products/ services/ applications with applicability in:

- IoT, smart city / village / agriculture etc.;
- Cyber ​​Security;
- Big Data;
- Artificial intelligence;
- Electronic transactions;
- E-government / e-administration / e-health / e-education;
- Digitalization.

The aid is granted in the form of non-reimbursable financial assistance, and the beneficiaries are SMEs in areas which include:

- Manufacture of electronic subassemblies/ electronic components/ communications equipment;
- Consulting activities in information technology / media management;
- Research and development in biotechnology / other natural sciences and engineering.

Duration, budget of the de minimis aid scheme and estimated number of beneficiaries

The minimis aid scheme shall be approved by joint order of the Minister of European Funds and the Secretary General of the Government applicable from the date of publication in the Official Gazette until 31 December 2023. The estimated budget is EUR 5,000,000.

For more information on applying the de minimis aid scheme, see the Applicant's Guide: "Supporting the growth of the added value generated by the ICT sector and innovation in the field through the development of the fence."

For more details you can consult the Official Gazette no. 847 of September 15.

The EY specialized team is available to clarify the above issues.

Prepared by:
Andreea Cosmanescu ― Tax Senior Manager - Direct Tax
Teona Braia ― Tax Senior Consultant - Direct Tax
Ecaterina Boca ― Senior Consultant - Knowledge Management Department
For additional information, please contact:
Alex Milcev, Partner ― Tax & Law Leader Romania
Ernst & Young SRL
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Sector 1, 011171, Bucharest, Romania
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