2020: A Crucial Year in Subsidies

The current programming period of the Enterprise and Innovation for Competitiveness Operational Programme (“OP PIK”) has been stipulated for the period from 2014 to 2020. Therefore, 2020 will be a landmark year.

A series of as yet successful calls are planned to be announced prior to the end of the programming period.

In early 2019, it will be possible to submit applications for aid under the ‘Technologies for Emerging Entrepreneurs’ and ‘Technologies – Industry 4.0’ calls. It will be possible to submit applications for the two calls until May 2019.

Approximately in mid-2019, the ‘Innovation’ (May 2019) and ‘Application’ (July 2019) calls are planned to be opened. The calls are additionally planned to be announced in Q1/2020. As part of the planned ‘Innovation’ calls, projects focusing on the issue of drought are considered to be favoured.

A series of measures are planned to be adopted before the end of the current 2014–2020 programming period. These primarily include the new activity “Acquisition of Digital Technical Maps and Formation of a Coal Platform”. It will cover the coal-mining regions – the Moravian-Silesian, Ústí nad Labem and Karlovy Vary Regions – which will be able to receive a greater portion of funds through subsidies.

The upcoming 2021–2027 programming period will primarily support activities relating to low-carbon economy, industrial energy savings and renewable sources of energy, Industry 4.0, digital and smart economy, and effective use of resources as part of circular economy. Financial tools such as loans, guarantees, equity investments and others will constitute a significant feature of aid in the new, post-2021 programming period.

The article is part of dReport – December 2018, Tax news; Grants and investment Incentives.

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