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Changes to the Programme:

Changes to the Programme

Government grants are provided based on Programme for supporting investments of significant importance to the Polish economy for the years 2011-2030 (further as the Programme), adopted by the Council of Ministers on July 5, 2011 (amended on March 25, 2021).

Form of support

Support is provided in the form of a grant based on an agreement concluded between the Minister responsible for the economy and the investor. The agreement lays down conditions for the grant's payment, which is paid proportionately to the degree of fulfilling the investor's commitments.

Type of cash grants

Under the Programme, support for initial investment will be granted based on eligible costs for creating new jobs and eligible costs of investments. The amount of grant may be increased if training programmes are offered to employees. The Programme is financed entirely from state budget funds.

Support based on eligible costs of creating new jobs may be granted for investments in the Business Services Centre and the Research and Development Centre.

Support based on eligible costs of investments may be granted for Strategic investment, Innovative investment, and Research and Development Centre.

Level of support

Under the Programme, support is granted based on:

1. The number of jobs created

The number of jobs created

2. Investment costs

Investment costs

3. Training costs

In addition to the above grants, in case of offering trainings to employees, the amount of support may be increased - up to PLN 5,000 or PLN 7,000 per one employee.

Higher levels of support

Higher levels of support are available for investments located:
  • in the area at risk of exclusion, i.e. in a medium-sized city losing its socio-economic functions or in a municipality bordering the municipality where such city is located or in the area of poviats or cities with poviat rights, where the unemployment rate is at least 160% of the average unemployment rate in the country;
  • in 5 voivodeships of Eastern Poland (Warmińsko-mazurskie, Podlaskie, Lubelskie, Świętokrzyskie, Podkarpackie).

Quantitative criteria

The quantitative criteria depend on the size of the investor. The entry thresholds are set differently for five groups: large, developing, medium, small and micro enterprises. A category of a developing entrepreneur - with less than 1,000 employees and an annual turnover or balance sheet total of less than EUR 250 million - was introduced.

The lowered thresholds were implemented in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak to stimulate investment. They will be in force until the end of 2021.

Quantitative criteria

Reinvestment

In the case of a reinvestment planned in an existing plant by an entrepreneur applying for support base on investment costs - the required number of new jobs is reduced by half (however, in the case of the R&D Centre, this number cannot be lower than 10).

Investment in areas at risk of exclusion

If a large enterprise locates an investment in the area at risk of exclusion, i.e. (i) in a medium-sized city losing its socio-economic functions or (ii) in a municipality bordering the municipality where such city is located or (iii) in the area of poviats or cities with poviat rights, where the unemployment rate is at least 160% of the average unemployment rate in the country, the quantitative criteria are reduced by half (however, in the case of the R&D Centre, the number of new jobs may not be less than 10).

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Requirement to meet qualitative criteria according to the Programme

The qualitative criteria for the evaluation of investments have been modified and aligned with the criteria within the Polish Investment Zone. The mechanism for assessing the fulfilment of the criteria has been simplified and made more precise.

For each quality criterion, 1 point is awarded. A maximum of 10 points can be obtained within the qualitative evaluation of an investment.

The minimum quality score depends on the location:
  • 4 points - in the area of the country where the maximum intensity of regional aid is 50% and in areas at risk of exclusion
  • 5 points - in an area of the country, where the maximum intensity of regional aid is 35%;
  • 6 points - in the rest of the country.

Qualitative criteria when applying for support based on investment costs
Qualitative criteria when applying for support based on new jobs created
Investment in a strategic sectorType of processes performed
High income from export
High income from export
Membership in the National Key Cluster
Conducting research and development activities
Conducting research and development activity
Establishment of a business service centre with international reach
Having the status of a micro-enterprise, small enterprise or medium-sized enterprise
Having the status of a micro-enterprise, small enterprise or medium-sized enterprise
Creation of specialized and stable workplaces
Creating high-paying and stable workplaces
Low negative impact on the environment
Low negative impact on the environment
Location of investments in areas at risk of exclusion
Location of investments in areas at risk of exclusion
Supporting the acquisition of education and professional qualifications and cooperation with trade schools
Supporting the acquisition of education and professional qualifications and cooperation with trade schools
Activities in the field of employee careActivities in the field of employee care


Obligation to cooperate with higher education institutions

A large entrepreneur is obliged to incur costs (in the period of maintaining the investment) for cooperation with the entities forming the system of higher education and science or with secondary schools in the amount of at least 15% of the awarded subsidy's value.

The cooperation with such entities may consist in particular in:
  1. commissioning scientific research or development work;
  2. sponsoring scientific research;
  3. commissioning the implementation of educational programmes;
  4. participation in the "Implementation Doctorate" programme of the minister responsible for higher education and science and other programmes or undertakings of the minister responsible for higher education and science related to the implementation of doctoral schools;
  5. financing the participation of students and pupils in the process of education on the practical profile, including among others in the form of dual education, through scholarships, organizing internships or employment;
  6. participation in research consortia co-financed by the National Centre for Research and Development;
  7. purchase of patents and licenses from entities creating the system of higher education and science or their special purpose vehicles;
  8. equipping entities establishing a system of higher education and science, within the meaning of Article 7, section 1, subsection 1-7 of the Act of 20 July 2018. - Law on Higher Education and Science, with laboratory equipment necessary for conducting research;
  9. equipping secondary schools with equipment necessary to conduct teaching or practical tasks;
  10. co-organization within the university and co-financing of student training centres, offering specialized courses aimed at improving competencies required in the business activity conducted by the entrepreneur.

The operator of the Programme

The operator of the Programme and the authority granting state aid is the Minister responsible for the economy. The Polish Investment and Trade Agency (Polska Agencja Inwestycji i Handlu S.A.) is responsible for preparing and providing the Interministerial Committee for Investments of Major Importance to the Polish Economy (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 based on detailed criteria laid down in the Programme.

Centre for Strategic Investments (CSI) is responsible for providing information on government grants.

CSI not only is the operator of the Programme, but also supports investors in the following ways:

  

Procedure

Procedure

State aid

State aid offered under the Programme is consistent with the rules on the award of state aid in the EU, i.e. with the Guidelines on regional State aid for 2014-2020 (Official Journal of the European Communities C 209 of 23rd July 2013, page 1) and Commission Regulation (EC) no. 651/2014 of 17th June  2014 declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the common market in application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty (Official Journal of the European Communities L 187 of 26th June 2014, page 1). Aid that does not comply with the requirements of the Regulation may be granted after approval of the European Commission in line with the procedures specified in the Guidelines on regional aid for 2014-2020.

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(Last updated: March 2021)

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