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Factsheet for case CZ-2020-16/356 – measures in Czechia

Technology-COVID call within OPPIK

Výzva Technologie COVID-19 v rámci OPPIK

Country Czechia , applies regionally

    • – CZ02 Střední Čechy
      – CZ03 Jihozápad
      – CZ04 Severozápad
      – CZ05 Severovýchod
      – CZ06 Jihovýchod
      – CZ07 Střední Morava
      – CZ08 Moravskoslezsko
Time period Temporary, 15 April 2020 – 05 June 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
Author Soňa Veverková (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs) and Eurofound
Case created 07 April 2020 (updated 27 October 2020)

Background information

The Technology-COVID call, which was developed on the basis of a flash analysis of entrepreneurs' needs, has been prepared within the Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness 2014 (Operační program Podnikání a Inovace pro konkurenceschopnost, OPPIK ) Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic (Ministerstvo průmyslu a obchodu České republiky, MPO ČR .

Small and medium companies could apply for the financial support on the expansion of capacities or the introduction of new protective equipment solutions such as respirators or ventilators. It was also possible to support the rapid introduction of both medical and non-medical solutions that could have helped combat coronavirus infection, including measures to mitigate the impact of further spread and consequently address the effects of this situation.

The call was published 15 March 2020 and opened for applications 4 May 2020. It ends 5 June 2020. Planned allocation for the call had been CZK 300,000,000 (€ 11,194,030), however, the final allocation increased.

Content of measure

Small and medium- sized companies could apply for financial support for expansion of their production capacities if the company manufactured products that were essential for combating COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible for the support were small and medium enterprises doing business in the Czech Republic, except of Prague region. The minimum amount for one project was CZK 250,000 (€9,090 approx.) and maximum amount was CZK 20,000,000 (€727,272 approx.). The amount of the funding in the eligible expenditure of the project was supposed to be in the range of 35% for small companies and 45% for medium companies.

Eligible expenditures were in particular labour costs, cost of materials, water, energy, cost of purchasing the necessary services, software etc.

Use of measure

The call was closed 5 June 2020 with 144 applications. As of 2 October 2020, 115 applications with total allocation of CZK 419,521,798 (€ 16,000,068 approx.) were recommended for the support.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers SMEs
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
Companies
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

No involvement.

Views and reactions

No information.

Sources

  • 07 April 2020: Technology-COVID (Technologie COVID) (www.oppik.cz)
  • 11 June 2020: Call XII Technology-COVID has been closed/Výzva XII. Technologie COVID-19 – příjem žádostí ukončen (www.agentura-api.org)
  • 15 October 2020: MPO ČR: Technology-COVID call/MPO ČR: Výzva Technologie COVID (www.mpo.cz)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Technology-COVID call within OPPIK, case CZ-2020-16/356 (measures in Czechia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.