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Factsheet for measure RO-2021-27/2032 – Updated – measures in Romania
|Country||Romania , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 July 2021 – 30 June 2022|
|Context||COVID-19, European Semester|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Victoria Stoiciu (European Institute of Romania)|
|Measure added||11 October 2021 (updated 07 February 2022)|
This measure is an extension of a measure set in 2020, meant to help small and medium enterprises to overcome the difficult situation caused by the current pandemic. Its specificities are made public in the Official Gazette, by the Ministry of Investments and European Projects.
The aid is granted in the form of a state aid scheme, as a financing from non-reimbursable external funds, by granting temporary aid with limited value to those SMEs that are facing a deficit or unavailability of liquidity. The funds are provided through the Competitiveness Operational Program, in accordance with national and European legislative regulations.
The measure is designed for: SMEs that did not have any contract employees/workers at 3 December 2019; individual or family enterprises, as well as other professionals pursuing liberal professions and NGOs; authorized persons/individual medical cabinets, if they were involved in dealing with COVID-19 patients or related materials. In addition to the general eligibility criteria mentioned above, the beneficiaries of state aid must also meet some specific eligibility criteria, regarding: the period of activity (minimum one calendar year before the date of submission of the funding application, minimum 6 months after the granting of the microgrant), the turnover obtained before submitting the financing application (of at least €5,000 - RON equivalent). Beneficiaries must carry out activities in certain specified sectors.
The budget allocated to this measure is €100 million (RON equivalent), of which €85 million from non-reimbursable European funds and €15 million from the state budget.
The maximum amount receivable per beneficiary is the RON equivalent of €2,000, and can be granted only once, in a single installment.
The estimated maximum number of beneficiaries is 50,000 enterprises. The amounts received by the beneficiaries may be used for the payment of stocks of raw materials, debts to suppliers or to the state, rent, repair services, medical equipment and disinfection materials, fixed assets necessary to resume the current activity.
Beneficiaries of state aid must apply for funding by 30 November 2021, and funding contracts must be concluded by 31 December 2021.
|Does not apply to workers||
One person or microenterprises
|Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
EU (Council, EC, EP)
National Recovery and Resilience Facility
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:
The role of social partners in designing the measure is unknown. The social partners have no legal role in implementing the measure.
No public positions have been expressed by social partners regarding the measure.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C16 Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials|
|C18 Printing and reproduction of recorded media|
|C23 Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products|
|C26 Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products|
|C32 Other manufacturing|
|G - Wholesale And Retail Trade; Repair Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles||G47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles|
|J - Information And Communication||J58 Publishing activities|
|J59 Motion picture, video and television programme production, sound recording and music publishing activities|
|J60 Programming and broadcasting activities|
|J62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities|
|J63 Information service activities|
|M - Professional, Scientific And Technical Activities||M72 Scientific research and development|
|M73 Advertising and market research|
|M74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities|
|N - Administrative And Support Service Activities||N77 Rental and leasing activities|
|P - Education||P85 Education|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities|
|R91 Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities|
|R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Microgrant with fixed amount for SMEs, measure RO-2021-27/2032 (measures in Romania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/RO-2021-27_2032.html
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