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Factsheet for measure EE-2015-12/2972 – measures in Estonia
|Country||Estonia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 20 March 2015|
|Context||Green Transition, Restructuring Support Instruments|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Ingel Kadarik (Praxis Center for Policy Studies) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||03 November 2022 (updated 04 November 2022)|
The aim of the measure is to promote social inclusion, poverty reduction and the rural economic development by diversifying the economic activities and as a result increase employment in rural areas.
The measure has been developed on the basis of the Estonian Rural Development Plan and has entered into force via a Ministry regulation in March 2015.
The investment aid can be applied for annually during open application rounds. Only activities outside of the agriculture sector are supported. The activities can be related to erection, construction, installation or alteration of a building, or the purchase and installation of machinery, equipment or other necessary equipment, or the purchase of a travelling shop or its equipment.
Support can be applied for by micro-enterprise farmers, micro-enterprises engaged in non-agricultural entrepreneurship, public sector farmers and agricultural museums
The size of the support is at least 15% of the eligible cost and:
The maximum amount of support per applicant is €150,000, and €5 million for public sector farmers.
In the application round of September 2022, a total of 290 applications were submitted, of which 208 were from microenterprise engaged in non-agricultural activities and 82 from farmers. Altogether €23,9 million was applied for. The total budget was €19,2 million. The final decisions will be made by the end of 2022.
In 2021, a total of 504 applications in the amount of €31.2 million were submitted. The budget was €14 million. 202 applications were approved in the total sum of €13 million.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
One person or microenterprises
|Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C13 Manufacture of textiles|
|C14 Manufacture of wearing apparel|
|C15 Manufacture of leather and related products|
|C16 Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials|
|C17 Manufacture of paper and paper products|
|C18 Printing and reproduction of recorded media|
|C19 Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products|
|C20 Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products|
|C21 Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations|
|C22 Manufacture of rubber and plastic products|
|C23 Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products|
|C24 Manufacture of basic metals|
|C25 Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment|
|C26 Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products|
|C27 Manufacture of electrical equipment|
|C28 Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.|
|C29 Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers|
|C30 Manufacture of other transport equipment|
|C31 Manufacture of furniture|
|C32 Other manufacturing|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2022), Support for the diversification of economic activities in rural areas, measure EE-2015-12/2972 (measures in Estonia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/EE-2015-12_2972.html
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