The Ministry of Development and Technology has prepared a draft act on the rules for the implementation of entrepreneur support programs in connection with the situation on the energy market in 2022-2024. The government accepted him on Tuesday. At that time, Waldemar Buda, the minister of development, said that still this year the government plans to subsidize some of the costs of purchasing energy and gas incurred by the most energy-intensive enterprises. Now the bill is in the Sejm. It will make it possible to adopt an aid program on condition that it is approved by the Union. Importantly, the project does not only talk about energy-intensive companies. Unfortunately, the justification is limited to them.
– The draft introduces the possibility for the Council of Ministers to adopt aid programs in order to provide financial support to specific groups of entrepreneurs in the case of which running a business is at risk due to the dynamic increase in the costs of doing business, resulting from the situation on the energy market – we read in the justification. The government for entrepreneurs will prepare aid programs in the form of a resolution. The support will be granted at the request of the entrepreneur, to cover the increased costs of running a business by increasing the prices of electricity and natural gas. The government resolution will also specify the amount of the budget. When the total amount of aid from applications that meet its criteria exceeds the maximum limit of funds, the support will be proportionally reduced so that the total amount does not exceed the limit. The program will not be adopted until the European Commission adopts additional guidelines. Then the program will have to be notified by the European Commission. And until the positive decision of the Commission, the aid will not be paid.
MRiT: aid for energy-intensive companies
As reported by MRIT for support will be able to apply for energy-intensive companies for which the costs of purchasing electricity and gas are at least 3%. production values and which operate in the sectors indicated by the European Commission in the Annex to the Temporary Framework as “sectors particularly affected by the crisis”. Such rules were also adopted by Germany and France. This includes production of steel products, ceramic tiles and tiles, fertilizers and nitrogen compounds, flat and household glass. This in turn means that the aid will not go to the majority of small and medium-sized enterprises. The planned amounts of support are:
- up to EUR 2 million – if the increase in energy and gas prices in the period February 2022 – December 2022 amounts to at least 100% in relation to the price incurred by the enterprise last year.
- up to EUR 25 million – in the event of incurring a loss on operating activities and meeting the condition of price increase.
The RIA shows that the support will go to about 250 large companies. It’s just that the bill is not limited to energy-intensive companies. So if the EC adopts the new guidelines, the program could be extended.
In addition, changes will be introduced to the Act on the compensation system for energy-intensive sectors and subsectors, thanks to which the Dispatcher of the Indirect Emission Costs Compensation Fund – with the consent of the minister responsible for public finance – may take out loans and credits to finance this government program.
In addition, it will be possible to transfer the surplus funds after the payment of compensations from the fund to the program mitigating the increase in electricity and natural gas prices.