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Program for the support of investments of considerable importance for Polish economy

Investors carrying out new investments in Poland can count on receiving support under the “Programme of support of investments of considerable importance for Polish economy for years 2011 - 2020” (hereinafter referred to as the Programme), adopted by the Council of Ministers on July 5, 2011.

Form of support
Support is provided in the form of a grant on the basis of a bilateral agreement concluded between the Minister of Economy and the investor The agreement lays down detailed conditions for the payment of the grant, which is paid proportionately to the degree of fulfilling investor’s commitments.

State aid
State aid offered under the Programme is consistent with the rules on the award of state aid in the EU, that is with the Guidelines on national regional aid for 2007-2013 (Official Journal of the European Communities C 54 of 4 March 2006, page 13) and Commission Regulation (EC) no. 800/2008 of 6 August 2008 declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the common market in application of Articles 87 and 88 of the Treaty (General Block Exemption Regulation) (Official Journal of the European Communities L 214 of 9 August 2008, page 3).

The state aid awarded under the Programme falls under the category of regional ad hoc aid and therefore it has to, as a general rule, be notified to the European Commission before it is granted. In the case when ad hoc aid only supplements the aid granted under regional investment and employment aid schemes (e.g. income tax exemptions in special economic zone) and does not exceed 50 % of the total amount of aid granted for a given investment, it is not subject to the mandatory notification.

Beneficiaries
Support can be applied for exclusively by entrepreneurs planning investments in the following priority sectors:
1. automotive sector,
2. electronic sector,
3. aviation sector,
4. biotechnology sector,
5. modern services sector,
6. research and development.

The Programme provides support for initial investments under the two following categories:

1. Support for creation of new job places (employment grant)

Sector

New jobs

and

Eligible costs of the new investment (m PLN)

Amount of aid

automotive, electronics, aviation, biotechnology

250

40

PLN from 3 200 PLN to 15 600

(~ EUR 800 – EUR 3 900)

modern services

250

2

R&D

35

3

significant investment in other sectors

500

1 000


The amount of employment grant depends, among others, on:

1) in case of manufacturing projects:
    - the number of new jobs created,
    - the percentage of employees with higher education,
    - location,
    - investment expenditures,
    - sector,
    - attractiveness of the products on the international markets;

2) in case of services projects:
    - the number of new jobs created,
    - the percentage of employees with higher education,
    - location,
    - complexity of processes provided by the company.

2. Support for new investment (investment grant)

Sector

New jobs

and

Eligible costs of the new investment (m PLN)

Amount of aid

priority sectors

50

160

2 - 10,5 % of eligible costs

significant investment in other sectors

500

1 000

The amount of investment grant depends, among others, on:
 - the number of new jobs created,
 - investment outlays per employee,
 - location.

Under the Programme, aid is provided exclusively for investment projects whose completion in Poland is conditional on receiving a financial grant from the State budget.

The operator of the Programme and the authority granting state aid is the Minister of Economy. The Polish Information & Foreign Investment Agency (Polska Agencja Informacji i Inwestycji Zagranicznych S.A. - PAIiIZ) is responsible for preparing and providing the Interministerial Committee for Foreign Investment (hereinafter referred to as the Committee) with the dossier of investment projects and for preparing all documents required to carry out the entire procedure of providing financial support.

Each project is subject to an individual assessment by the Committee on the basis of detailed criteria laid down in the Programme.

Procedure for the award of support:
1. The investor submits to PAIiIZ information on the planned project, using a standard form signed by persons authorized
    to represent the investor.
2. Information is evaluated by PAIiIZ. PAIiIZ provides the Chairman of the Committee with standard information about the
    project and a draft offer of financial support, with a justification.
3. The Committee takes up decision on recommended support for the project and submits recommendation to the
    Minister of Economy for the final decision on granting the support.
4. PAIiIZ informs the investor of the Committee’s recommendation. The Investor takes a decision on accepting or rejecting
    the offer.
5. After accepting the offer, the investor applies to the Minister of Economy for a letter of intent confirming that the
    investment may commence.
6. The Minister of Economy sends to the investor a letter of intent confirming that the investment may commence
7. Minister of Economy, as the authority awarding the aid, concludes with the investor an agreement on the award of
    a support.

The support granting procedure can be extended in case of companies applying for two or more instruments of regional aid (government grants and CIT exemption and / or grants co-financed from EU funds).

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