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Factsheet for case RO-2020-38/1401 – measures in Romania

SMEs leasing program for equipment and machinery

IMM Leasing de Echipamente si Utilaje

Country Romania , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 15 September 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
Author Victoria Stoiciu (European Institute of Romania) and Eurofound
Case created 05 November 2020 (updated 06 November 2020)

Background information

The measures taken during the state of emergency and alert put the SMEs sector in difficulty. As SMEs represent 99.7% of all Romanian companies, which contribute 60% of GDP and employ about 60% of the workforce, they must remain an absolute priority. Against the background of a tendency to worsen the economic and financial performance of non-financial companies, the current legislative regulation facilitates access to financing especially for some categories of SMEs that had difficulties in accessing bank loans (start-ups, SMEs which do not have consistent guarantees).

Content of measure

The government has approved a program to facilitate the access of SMEs to the equipment and machinery they need in carrying out their activity, by concluding leasing contracts with non-banking financial institutions, guaranteed by the state (SMEs Leasing of Equipment and Machinery” - “IMM LEASING DE ECHIPAMENTE ȘI UTILAJE“). The implementing rules of the SMEs Leasing program, recently adopted by the Government, establish, among other things, specific issues related to the conditions for granting and monitoring state guarantees, the establishment of activities eligible to be financed under the program or the criteria to be met by the eligible beneficiaries. The maximum guarantee percentage is 80% of the financing value, for the acquisition of IT equipment and of 60% for the acquisition of machinery and technological equipment, vehicles for transporting goods and people, used for commercial purposes.

Use of measure

Not known.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers SMEs
Start-ups
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

The involvement took place within the Economic-Social Council, a tripartite body with a consultative role, which assists the activity of the Government and the Parliament. The members of the Plenum and the members of the specialized commissions, representatives of the nationally representative employers' confederations, the nationally representative trade union confederations, the associations and foundations, non-governmental organisations of civil society participate in the consultative process.

Views and reactions

The representatives of the trade unions and employers' associations voted in favor of approving the legislative act.

Sources

  • 22 July 2020: GEO no. 118 of July 22, 2020 on the approval of the Support Program for SMEs “SMEs LEASING OF EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY" (legislatie.just.ro)
  • 10 September 2020: DECISION no. 766 of September 10, 2020 for the approval of the Methodological Norms for the application of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 118/2020 on the approval of the Support Program for Small and Medium Enterprises "SME LEASING OF EQUIPMENT AND EQUIPMENT", as well as the De minimis Aid Scheme related to the Support Program for Small and Medium Enterprises "SME LEASING OF EQUIPMENT AND EQUIPMENT" (legislatie.just.ro)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), SMEs leasing program for equipment and machinery, case RO-2020-38/1401 (measures in Romania), 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.