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START-UP NATIONELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
Eligible beneficiaries

Companies (micro, small and medium-sized enterprises) that meet cumulatively, at the date of completion of the business plan (Annex 1), can benefit from the provisions of the Program: the following eligibility criteria:

a) are registered according to Law no.31 / 1990 on companies, republished, with the subsequent modifications and completions or based on Law no.1 / 2005 regarding the organization and functioning of the cooperation or under the Emergency Ordinance of the Government of Romania no.6 / 2011 for stimulating the setting up and development of micro-enterprises by newcomers in business, with subsequent modifications and completions;

b) they are SMEs, according to the provisions of art. 2 and of art. 4 paragraph (1) lit. a), b) or c) of Law no. 346/2004 on stimulating the setting up and development of small and medium-sized enterprises, with subsequent amendments and completions, which transposes into national legislation EC Recommendation no. 361 of May 6, 2003, published in the Official Journal of the EU no. L124 as of May 20, 2003 (they have up to 249 employees and realize a net annual turnover of up to 50 million euros or have total assets of up to 43 million euros, equivalent in lei).

c) it is considered an autonomous, linked, partner or single enterprise;

d) have fully private share capital;

e) associations or shareholders who have more than one company can apply within this program only with one company.

f)they are registered at the Trade Register Office, they have their registered office / place of business and they operate in the territory of Romania;

g) the CAEN code for which it requests financing is eligible under the Program (Annex 13) and authorized until the time of the first reimbursement / payment request, according to art. 15 of Law 359/2004 regarding the simplification of the formalities when registering in the Trade Register of natural persons, family associations and legal persons, their fiscal registration, as well as when authorizing the functioning of legal persons, with subsequent amendments and completions. The request for funding is made on a single CAEN code;

h) are established by natural persons after the entry into force of the emergency ordinance no. 10/2017, respectively after January 30, 2017;

i) they have no debts to the general consolidated budget and to the local budgets, both for the registered office and for all the work points, at the date of signing the financing agreement; Applicants with staggered debts are not eligible to access the Program.

j) did not exceed the de minimis ceiling of 200,000.00 Euro during three consecutive financial years for a single enterprise, as defined by EU Regulation no. 1407/2013 of the Commission of 18 December 2013 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid and 100,000 Euros during three financial years for the beneficiaries who carry out freight activities on behalf of third parties or for a fee. The ceilings are applied regardless of the form of the de minimis aid or the objective pursued and whether the aid is granted from state budget funds or from community funds.

k) is not in a state of dissolution, judicial reorganization, liquidation, forced execution, operational closure, insolvency, bankruptcy or temporary suspension of the activity;

l) they were not the subject of a decision of the European Commission / OTIMMC for the recovery of a state aid or, if they were the subject of such a decision, it was already executed and the debt fully recovered, with corresponding penalties;

m) is established by natural persons who do not have or have not had the shareholder status or associate in another SME that carries out or has performed the same authorized activity that it applies in the program in the year before the registration or in the year of registration until the opening the registration session.

FINANCING AND FACILITIES:

TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID

MAXIMUM 100% AFN value, but can not exceed the amount of 200,000 lei for each beneficiary (including VAT for non-paying companies)
Types of financial aid

The purpose of the grant must fall into one or more of the following eligible categories:

a) Technological equipment, machines, machines, electric forklifts, forklifts and work installations – including the related software, required to carry out the activities for which it requested financing, except for mechanical, electrical, electronic, billiard tables, music machines;

b) Purchase of workspaces, production spaces and spaces for services and trade (buildings, production halls, spaces set up for service, production and trade activities, including prefabricated elements). The value of the assets acquired in the case of the program will be based on an evaluation of an expert evaluator ANEVAR, except for the spaces from prefabricated elements. The assets within this category must not have a residential purpose, they must be put into operation at the place of project implementation, at the time of settlement;

c) Measurement, control, adjustment, bar code readers, electronic scales with / without printer for labeling, electronic fiscal markers;

d) Means of transport: cars, buses, minibuses, bicycles, mopeds, motorcycles, motorhomes with or without motor for street trade and motor vehicles of category N1, N2, N3, with the exception of vehicles of land symbol G, according to Order MLPTL 211/2003 with subsequent modifications and completions, except for road haulage vehicles on behalf of third parties or for a fee, required by undertakings carrying out road haulage of goods on behalf of third parties or for a fee.

For the activities of rent a car, driver’s school, taxi is not limited the maximum value and the number of cars purchased.

For activities other than those referred to in paragraph (2), the cars are eligible for all activities within the program, with the justification of the need to purchase them in the business plan, within a maximum limit of 36,000 lei without VAT and maximum 1 car / beneficiary.

f) IT equipment for technical calculation (PC type, consisting of: central unit, server, monitor, printer / copier / multifunction, including portable systems, licenses required for the activity, audio-video systems, etc.);

g) Purchase of goods provided for in the subgroups 3.1 furniture, 3.2 Office equipment and 3.3 systems of protection of human and material values, according to the Government Decision no. 2139/2004 for the approval of the Catalog regarding the classification and the normal operating times of the fixed assets, with the subsequent additions and modifications;

h) Purchase of specific installations / equipment in order to obtain an energy saving, as well as systems that use renewable energy sources in order to streamline the activities for which it requested financing;

i) Purchase of heating or air conditioning installations related to the area of ​​trade, production or services activity;

j) Wages, utilities and expenses related to rents for workspaces, production spaces and spaces for services and trade (buildings, production halls, spaces set up for service, production and trade activities, including from prefabricated elements). The spaces for which the rent is granted must not have a residential destination. The salaries are settled at the level of the average salary, including the employer’s contributions. The settlement is made for the value of the salaries, utilities and the corresponding rent after the moment of signing the agreement for the implementation period;

k) Creating a web page for presenting and promoting the activity of the applicant and of the products or services, including domain registration expenses without hosting, for the economic operators who do not own another site and which must be functional at the time of submitting the de minimis aid application, within the maximum limit of 8000 lei without VAT;

l) Intangible assets related to patents, franchises [1], eco-labeling, licenses, eco-labeling, software for online trading, software required for the activity for which financing is requested;

m) Courses for the development of entrepreneurial skills – for the associate / manager of the applicant company, a course organized by an authorized body recognized for entrepreneurial education within a maximum of 3000 lei without VAT. The providers of training services eligible under the Program can only be authorized training organizations, which will present supporting documents regarding the qualification of the persons who carry out the training in the respective field;

n) Value Added Tax (VAT) not deductible for non-VAT applicants according to the Fiscal Code;

Consultancy for the preparation of the documentation in order to obtain the financing within the present program and the implementation of the project; This activity can be carried out before the financing agreement is signed. The providers of consultancy services eligible under the Program can only be consultancy provider organizations, which have the legal right to carry out this type of activity, respectively they have the consultancy activity in the statute or they are companies that have as authorized activity to be carried out one of the activities included in CAEN code class 70.

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