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Factsheet for measure RO-2021-27/2033 Updated – measures in Romania

Grant for working capital for SMEs

Grant pentru capital de lucru pentru IMM-uri

Country Romania , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 July 2021 – 30 June 2022
Context COVID-19, European Semester
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Victoria Stoiciu (European Institute of Romania)
Measure added 11 October 2021 (updated 07 February 2022)

Background information

This measure is a continuation 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.

Content of measure

The beneficiaries of this measure are SMEs with activity in specified sectors, that made profit in at least one of the last 2 fiscal/reporting years, can participate with at least 15% of the grant value, have obtained the emergency situation certificate (proving that their activity has been affected by the pandemic), maintain or, where appropriate, supplement the number of employees for a period of at least 6 months from the date of the grant.

The budget allocated to this measure is €907,031,250 (RON equivalent), of which €765,000,000 from non-reimbursable European funds (84.3%) and €142,031,250 from the state budget (15.7%). The value of each grant depends on the value of the turnover for 2019, but it cannot exceed €150,000.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

23 December 2021

In December 2021, the application of the measure was extended until 30 June 2022.

Use of measure

The maximum estimated number of beneficiaries is 100,500.

Beneficiaries of state aid must apply for funding by 30 November 2021, and funding contracts must be concluded by 31 December 2021.

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.

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
EU (Council, EC, EP)
European Funds
National funds
National Recovery and Resilience Facility

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


The role of social partners in designing the measure is unknown. The social partners have no legal role in implementing the measure.

Views and reactions

No public positions have been expressed by social partners regarding the measure.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      C - Manufacturing C10 Manufacture of food products
      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
      H - Transportation And Storage H49 Land transport and transport via pipelines
      H50 Water transport
      H51 Air transport
      H52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I55 Accommodation
      I56 Food and beverage service activities
      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
      J61 Telecommunications
      J62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities
      J63 Information service activities
      M - Professional, Scientific And Technical Activities M72 Scientific research and development

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 01 July 2021: Order no. 690 of 1 July 2021 of the Ministry of European Investments and Projects, on the approval of the State Aid Scheme - Support for SMEs to overcome the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (
  • 23 December 2021: Order nr. 1.480 of 23 December 2021 (


Eurofound (2021), Grant for working capital for SMEs, measure RO-2021-27/2033 (measures in Romania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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