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Recovery Fund loan

The submission of investment projects to the loan component of the Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRF) continues unabated, as it is an incentive, both due to the very low interest rate offered by the Fund, set at a steady 0.35% for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and 1% for medium and large ones, and because businesses have access to financing within less than four months from the time of application!

RRF Loans cover a maximum of 50% of the cost of each investment project, while the remaining eligible cost is covered as follows:

 – At least 20% of the Eligible Investment Cost is covered by the Implementing Body’s Own Contribution to the project.

 – At least 30% of the Eligible Investment Cost is covered by the Co-financing Loan, on commercial terms and based on banking criteria, according to the credit policy followed by the cooperating bank.

The amount of funding for investment projects from the RRF Loan is calculated based on the existence of a budget for eligible investment expenses in the 5 pillars of the RRF loan program and the coverage of specific criteria per pillar.

(a) Green Transition,

(b) Digital Transformation,

(c) Innovation, research & development,

(d) Scaling economies through partnerships, acquisitions, and mergers, and

(e) Outward orientation

The duration of the RRF Loan is determined by the bank, according to its current credit policy, and in any case will not be less than 3 years and more than 15 years from the date of the first disbursement of the RRF Loan to the Final Beneficiary.

The expenses you can include are:

– Purchase, use (depreciation/subscriptions), and land formation – up to 30% of your investment plan.

– Buildings – purchase, use (depreciation/leases), and construction.

– Equipment – purchase, construction, and use (depreciation/leases).

– Intangible assets – purchase/construction and use (depreciation/subscriptions)

– Transportation – purchase and use (depreciation/leases).

– Expenses, movements, and wages related to your investment plan.

– Operating and consumable expenses (communication, energy, maintenance, rents, management expenses, insurance, etc.) and third-party services.

– Working capital (e.g., operating expenses and transactional circuits, VAT, etc.) and for promotion and communication expenses – up to 30% of your investment plan.

The first step in financing the investment with the resources of the Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRF) is to submit the dossier to the cooperating bank with PK Consulting Group.

The process of assessing the eligibility of investment projects, within the framework of their financing by RRF Loans, includes:

a) Evaluation of the possibility of financing the investment project, according to banking terms, by the credit institution.

b) Initial eligibility check of the investment dossier by the bank, submitting additional documents to examine the possibility of financing the investment project with a loan from RRF and Co-financing Loan. If the assessment result is positive, the Bank informs about the loan terms and the financial scheme approved at the initial stage for the investment:

  • Percentage of RRF loans and Co-financing Loans
  • Percentage of own contribution
  • Amount and duration of loans
  • Interest rate and grace period
  • Any grace period, etc.

c) Review by the evaluator, who checks:

a) The eligibility of the investment,

b) The percentage of the RRF Loan, according to eligibility criteria,

c) Compliance with the framework of state aid, if state aid exists,

d) The contribution of the investment project to the goals of RRF (green tagging, digital tagging, etc.),

e) Compliance and observance of the principle of non-significant harm,

f) Categorization of investment project expenses into the 5 axes of eligible actions.

If the Independent Evaluator’s report is positive, the financing method of the eligible budget of the investment is confirmed.

For the support and financing of your business plans, the experience of a specialized consultant is required.

Recovery and Resilience Plan

Τhe Commission positively assessed Greece’s modified recovery and resilience plan, which includes a REPowerEU chapter. The plan is now worth €35.95 billion, with €18.22 billion in Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) grants and €17.73 billion in RRF loans. It covers 76 reforms and 103 investments.

The REPowerEU chapter consists of seven new reforms and four investments, including a scaled up existing investment. These will enable Greece to deliver on the REPowerEU Plan’s objective of making Europe independent from Russian fossil fuels well before 2030. REPowerEU measures focus on facilitating the deployment of more renewable energy, including hydrogen and offshore wind power, and enabling the swift integration of renewable energy into the electricity grid.

In addition, Greece has proposed several changes to its original plan. In particular, the modified plan includes four newly added or enhanced reforms in the areas of primary healthcare, combating tax evasion, property rights and the financial sector. The modified plan also includes four new investments, three of which are underpinned by the need to factor in the damage caused by the catastrophic wildfires and floods that hit Greece in August and September 2023.

In particular, Greece has decided to re-allocate funds to finance two investments in flood protection and anti-erosion in the regions of Evros and Rhodope that were affected by wildfires. Another investment aims to restore the rail and road networks that were damaged in the devastating floods in the region of Thessaly last September. The revised plan also includes an investment in seismic prevention to increase the resilience of infrastructure to natural disasters. These measures are set to help address the challenges of climate change and complement the civil protection measures already included in the original plan.

Greece’s proposed changes to the original plan are based on the need to factor in:

the downward revision of Greece’s maximum RRF grant allocation, from €17.77 billion to €17.43 billion. This downward revision is a result of the June 2022 update to the RRF grants allocation and reflects Greece’s comparatively better economic outcome in 2020 and 2021 than initially expected;
objective circumstances hindering the fulfilment of certain measures as originally planned, including the high inflation affecting the construction sector in particular;
the request to take up €5 billion in available RRF loans and incorporate €768 million in additional RRF grants under REPowerEU.
To finance the increased ambition of its plan, Greece has requested to transfer to the plan its share of the Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR), in line with the REPowerEU Regulation, amounting to €25.6 million. These funds, as well as Greece’s RRF and REPowerEU grants allocations (€17.43 billion and €768 million respectively) and its request to take up new loans (amounting to €5 billion), in addition to the loans included in the original plan (amounting to €12.73 billion), make the overall modified plan worth €35.95 billion.

An additional boost to Greece’s green transition

The modified plan retains a very strong focus on the green transition, allocating 38.1% (up from 37.5% in the original plan) of the available funds to measures that support climate objectives.

Most notably, the newly added and scaled-up reforms and investments included in the REPowerEU chapter strongly contribute to the green transition. Overall, they reinforce the ambition to decarbonise the economy by increasing energy efficiency and renewable capacity. The reforms aim to facilitate the production of renewable hydrogen and bio-methane, optimise land and sea space usage for the development of renewables, promote energy sharing and increase self-consumption, and introduce new non-grant based financial instruments to further support energy efficiency investments. In addition, significant investments aim to support energy efficiency measures, including the installation of solar water heaters and renovations, and the promotion of renewables for self-consumption. Other investments include the scaling up of an existing measure to increase energy storage capacity, pilot projects for bio-methane and renewable hydrogen production, and support for carbon capture and storage infrastructure. Moreover, as regards the additional loans requested by Greece, there is a commitment for financial institutions to invest at least 38.5% of the funds in support for the climate transition.

Reinforcing Greece’s digital preparedness and social resilience

Greece’s modified recovery and resilience plan continues to significantly contribute to the digital transition in the areas of connectivity, digital public services, human capital and digital skills, digitalisation of businesses and adoption of advanced digital technology. While the share of digital spending of the modified plan has gone down in relative terms (from 23.3% to 22.1%), the contribution to the digital transition in absolute terms is increased compared to the original plan adopted in July 2021.

In particular, part of the additional loans requested by Greece are expected to be used for digital investments in very high-capacity broadband networks, digitalisation of SMEs and large businesses, development and deployment of cybersecurity technologies, advanced digital technologies and other types of ICT infrastructure, in light of the commitment for financial institutions to invest at least 20.8% of the funds in such interventions.

The modified plan’s social dimension remains ambitious, with a flagship reform of the primary healthcare system that is expected to increase access to healthcare, reduce inequalities, and promote disease prevention. The additional infrastructure investments in fire-protection, anti-flood and anti-erosion that complement civil protection measures in the original plan, and the new upskilling programmes to integrate refugees into the labour market are also expected to have a positive social impact.

Moreover, through the planned investments in energy renovations of residential buildings and renewable energy produced by energy communities, over 60,000 energy-poor households are expected to benefit, while through expanding energy storage capacities and the preliminary inspection of seismic resistance of public sector buildings, Greece’s recovery and resilience plan is contributing towards addressing the country’s socio-economic challenges and making Greece more resilient.

Next steps

The Council will now have, as a rule, four weeks to endorse the Commission’s assessment. The Council’s endorsement will allow Greece to receive €158.7 million in pre-financing of the REPowerEU funds.

Greece has so far received €11.2 billion in RRF funds: €4.0 billion in pre-financing and €7.2 billion disbursed in total for the first two payments.

The Commission will authorise further disbursements based on the satisfactory fulfilment of the milestones and targets outlined in Greece’s revised recovery and resilience plan, reflecting progress on the implementation of the investments and reforms.

Recovery and Resilience Plan

Submissions to the “PRODUC-E GREEN” program begin on May 30, 2023.

The purpose of the action is to strengthen investment projects for the production of products in the field of green industry, with an emphasis on the production sector of electric mobility, renewable energy sources as well as products and goods intended for energy saving. The action aims at technological, productive, administrative and organizational upgrading, as well as innovative and extroverted development and growth, with the ultimate goal of strengthening the competitive position of productive enterprises in the domestic and international market.

The selected industrial units in the field of sustainable mobility (such as recycling of electric car batteries by reusing raw materials such as lithium and cobalt, electric vehicle design and normal or high power charging points), which will receive support, will be fully operational with a dedicated research department and development for innovative products/services.

The public expenditure of the invitation amounts to 199,700,000 euros and is financed by the Recovery and Resilience Fund for the period 2023-2025. The start date for the submission of investment plans under this Action is 30 May 2023. The submissions are completed on 30 November 2023.

The duration of the implementation of the investment projects is set at 18 months with the possibility of an extension of six (6) months, which will be granted, either for reasons of force majeure, or after special justification. In any case, the deadline for submitting the application for payment of the aid cannot exceed June 30, 2025.

Eligible Activity Code Numbers (ACNs)

29.10.24.01 Manufacture of electric vehicles for the transport of passengers

29.10.30.01 Manufacture of electric vehicles for the transport of ten or more passengers

29.20.10.01 Construction of bodies for electric vehicles

29.32.30.03 Manufacture of parts and accessories n.e.c., exclusively for electric vehicles

30.91.13.01 Manufacture of electric motorcycles (including electric bicycles and other electric vehicles)

30.91.20.01 Manufacture of parts and accessories exclusively for electric motorcycles (including electric bicycles and other electric vehicles)

26.11.30 Manufacture of integrated electronic circuits (chargers)

28.25.30 Manufacture of parts of refrigeration and freezing equipment and heat pumps

28.25.13 Manufacture of refrigerating and freezing equipment and heat pumps, excluding household appliances

28.25.10 Manufacture of heat exchangers; non-domestic air conditioning, refrigerating and freezing equipment

27.20 Manufacture of batteries and accumulators

26.11.41.01 Manufacture of photovoltaic cells

28.11.24.00 Construction of wind turbines

27.51.24.01 Manufacture of solar water heaters, electric

27.52.14.01 Manufacture of solar water heaters, non-electric

27.11 Manufacture of electric motors, generators and electric transformers

27.12 Manufacture of electricity distribution and control devices

Aid intensity

The Minimum requested eligible budget is:
– Very small – Small Enterprises 300,000 euros
– Medium Enterprises 500,000 euros
– Large Businesses 1,000,000 euros

AIDS MAP

Greece – Regions NUTS

                             Grant Rates

 

Big  enterprises

Medium enterprises

Small & very small  enterprises

EL41  North  Aigaio

60%

70%

75%

EL42  South Aigaio

40%

50%

60%

EL43 Kriti

50%

60%

70%

EL51  Eastern Makedonia, Thraki

50%

60%

70%

EL52 Central  Makedonia

50%

60%

70%

EL53  West Makedonia

50%

60%

70%

EL54 Ipeiros

50%

60%

70%

EL61 Thessalia

50%

60%

70%

EL62 Ionia Nisia

40%

50%

60%

EL63 West Elláda

50%

60%

70%

EL64  Central Greece

40%

50%

60%

EL30  Attica / West   sector /

15%

25%

35%

EL30 Attica/ Eastern – West  Attica /Pireaus

25%

35%

45%

EL65 Peloponnisos

40%

50%

60%

Municipalities of Megalopoli, Tripolis, Gortinia, Oichalia

50%      

60%

70%

North, South and Central Athens Sector. The aid intensity can not exceed:
a) 20 % of eligible costs in the case of small businesses
b) 10 % of the eligible costs in the case of medium-sized enterprises.

Evaluation process and inclusion in the Program

Aid applications are evaluated independently based on the order in which they are submitted (first come, first served),

 

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Development Law

The Greek Development & Investments Ministry announced recently that the application process for a new round of tourism investment support would be opening on September 5.

The proposed legislation dubbed “Development Law: Greece – Powerful Growth” foresees incentives and fast-track procedures mainly for investments in remote small island and mountain destinations and in preserved buildings or settlements and covers plans that include:

– the establishment or expansion of hotel units (at least 4-stars)

– the modernization of integrated hotel units (at least 4-stars)

– the expansion and modernization of integrated hotel units which have ceased operations

– the establishment, expansion and modernization of integrated organized camp grounds (at least 3-stars)

– the establishment and modernization of integrated hotel units within designated traditional or listed buildings (at least 3-stars)

– the establishment, expansion and modernization of complex tourist accommodation facilities submitted as a single plan

– the establishment of youth hostels (only for small and very small enterprises)

– the establishment, expansion and modernization of condo hotels.

Minimum investment costs eligible for support are:

– 1,000,000 euros for large companies
– 500,000 euros for medium-sized enterprises
– 250,000 euros for small businesses
– 100,000 euros for very small businesses
– 50,000 euros for Social Cooperative Enterprises, Agricultural Cooperatives, Urban Cooperatives, Producer Groups and Agricultural Partnerships.

INCENTIVES

The incentives granted are:

1. Tax exemptions

2. Cash Grants

3. Leasing subsidies

4. Subsidy for employment

State-Αid schemes primarily provide that the medium and large enterprises may receive the incentives of tax exemption, leasing subsidy and employment subsidy, while the small and very small enterprises may receive all types of state-aid incentives, including cash grants.

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Economy-Business

The Innovation Guarantee Fund is the first financial instrument that aims to support innovative start-ups and existing Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) of any legal form, which promote research and innovation and which document their innovative character, through the of their business plan (Business Plan) and relevant supporting documents. The financial tool supports the competitiveness of innovative SMEs, combines for the first time the provision of a loan guarantee and a grant of 20% of the loan capital, offering investment loans & working capital, through the Banks participating in the Program.

It concerns Existing and Newly Established Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) which:

– meet at least one (1) of the Innovation Eligibility Criteria required to participate in the program (For example – Company registered in the register of Elevate Greece, – Business that has been strengthened in the past by programs to support research innovation and technological development, – Evidence that expenditure on research and innovation represents at least 5% of total operating expenditure, in at least one of the three previous years)


– are considered credit-acceptable in accordance with the applicable credit policy and the internal procedures of the credit institutions
– are bank current (have a debt < 90 days ) on the date of the application.

The maximum loan amount is €400,000 with a minimum of €25,000

The duration of the loan is set up to 10 years. Any grace period of 1 to 3 years is included.

Unique advantage of the grant up to 20%

Eligible businesses can apply for a grant of 15% to 20% of the loan amount when they have successfully completed their investment, based on checking the achievement of specific innovation criteria for the 15% and ESG criteria (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) for the additional 5%. Receiving the grant will correspondingly reduce the balance of their loan principal to be repaid.

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Development Law

Aim of the Strategic Investments

The aim is to improve the investment climate for the implementation of strategic investments, in order to simplify and accelerate the processes of their evaluation and implementation and to strengthen the legal certainty of strategic investors.

Definition of Strategic Investments

“Strategic Investments” means investments which, due to their strategic importance for the national or local economy, can enhance employment, productive reconstruction, and the promotion of the natural and cultural environment of the country, ac- cording to with the principles of socially equitable, inclusive, balanced, and sustainable development, with the main features:

  • attracting investment funds,
  • extroversion and export activity,
  • innovation, competitiveness, integrated design,
  • saving natural resources in the perspective of the circular economy and high added value,
  • particularly in areas of economic activity of internationally marketable products or services.

Business Format

  • Individual Enterprises
  • Commercial Companies
  • General Partnership
  • Private Capital Company or Individual Businesses
  • Social Cooperative Enterprises, Rural Corporate Partnerships
  • Start – ups and under M&A process companies
  • Enterprises operating in the form of a consortium

Investment Categories

Investments in the provisions of the Strategic role are divided into:

1.”Strategic Investments 1″, which meet at least one (1) of the following conditions, regard- less of investment sector:

a) The total investment budget is greater than seventy-five million (75,000,000) euros.

Investments a) may receive one (1) or more of the incentives: Location Incentive, Tax Incentive and Rapid Licensing Incentive.

b) The total budget of the investment is greater than forty million (40,000,000) euros and at the same time with the investment are created in a sustainable way seventy-five (75) new Annual Work Units (EMUs).

Investments b) may receive one (1) or more of the incentives: Location Incentive, Tax Incentive and Rapid Licensing Incentive, Strategic Investment Expenditure Support Incentive.

2.”Strategic Investments 2″ which meet at least one (1) of the following conditions, regardless of investment sector:

a) The total investment budget is more than twenty million (20,000,000) euros and concerns one (1) or more of the sectors of agri-food, research and innovation, biotechnology, cultural and creative industries, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, medical tourism, waste management, space industry or more than twenty million (20,000,000) euros and the investment is aimed at the digital transformation of the business or the provision of cloud computing services (“cloud computing”).

Investments a) may receive one (1) or more of the incentives: Tax Incentives, Rapid Licensing Incentive, Incentives to Strengthen Strategic Investment Expenditures

b) The investments create in a sustainable way at least fifty (50) new Annual Work Units and their total budget is more than thirty million (30,000,000) euros.

Investments b) may receive one (1) or more of the incentives: Tax Incentives, Rapid Licensing Incentive, Incentives to Strengthen Strategic Investment Expenditures

c) They constitute investments within Organized Recipients of Manufacturing and Busi- ness Activities, which sustainably create at least forty (40) Annual Work Units and their total budget is more than twenty million (20,000,000) euros.

Investments c) may receive one (1) or more of the incentives: Tax Incentives and Rapid Licensing Incentive, Incentives to Strengthen Strategic Investment Expenditures.

3.”Emblematic Investment”

They are implemented by distinguished legal entities and promote the green economy, innovation, technology, as well as the green economy of low energy and environmental footprint and especially in this field, infrastructure investments with specific energy criteria for the construction of new buildings, systems that combine Renewable Energy Power Plant (RES) and “green” hydrogen production system, if the produced electric energy is used exclusively for the production of hydrogen, RES electricity storage systems, and facilities of marine wind or floating photovoltaic parks, as well as investments that significantly strengthen the Greek economy and its competitiveness at the international level.

Investments can receive one (1) or more of the incentives: Location incentive, Tax incentives, Rapid licensing incentive, Incentives to enhance strategic in- vestment expenditures.

Regarding the aid for Incentives to increase strategic investment costs, investments that are implemented within the Depoliticization Zones (ZAP) of law 4759/2020 (A ‘245) can receive the specific aid at a rate of one hundred percent (100%), as provided in Regulation (EU) 651/2014.

The investments that are implemented outside Z.AP. of Law 4759/2020 can receive the reinforcement of the previous paragraph at a rate of eighty percent (80%) of the provision of Regulation (EU) 651/2014.

A prerequisite for the provision of tax incentives and incentives to increase strategic investment costs, divisive or cumulative, in investment plans, which fall into this category, is the completion of their implementation by December 31, 2025.

In case of exceeding the above implementation deadline, the investment is declassified as “Emblematic Investment of Exceptional Significance” and the approved incentives are revoked.

i. A three-member committee is set up to characterize an investment project as an “Emblematic Investment of Extraordinary Significance”, the members of which are scientists of recognized prestige in various specialties.

ii. With a decision similar to that of sub. (ca) determine the procedure for the integration of the investment, the manner of monitoring and controlling the implementation of the investment, the manner of payment of the aid, as well as any other necessary de- tails for the application of the present case.

iii. Within seven (7) days from a relevant request of the “Hellenic Investment and Foreign Trade Company SA”, the Commission gives an opinion regarding the problematic or not nature of the investment.

4.”Strategic Investments for Rapid Licensing”, which meet the criteria mentioned in one (1) of the following sub-cases:

a. They create in a sustainable way at least thirty (30) new Annual Work Units and their total budget is more than twenty million (20,000,000) euros. Investments in this case may receive one (1) or more of the rapid licensing incentives and incentives to increase strategic investment costs.

b. Create at least thirty (30) new Annual Work Units in a sustainable way, provided that their total budget is more than ten million (10,000,000) euros and they are part of an investment, which has already been strategy and its implementation has been completed. Investments in this case may receive one or more of the rapid licensing incentives and incentives to increase strategic investment costs.

c. are existing investments, strategic or not, which are undergoing restructuring or modernization or expansion of their facilities and their total budget is more than fifteen million (15,000,000) euros, provided that one hundred (100) of the Annual Work Units are sustainably maintained. Investments in this sub-case can be motivated by rapid licensing.

5.«Automatically Incorporated Strategic Investments», which meet the mentioned criteria in one (1) of the following sub-cases: a) They constitute investments of law 3389/2005 (A ‘232), which have been approved and investments for the European Projects of Common Interest (PCI) of article 8 of law 4271/2014 (A’ 144). In this case are included investments that are Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) of legal entities, which participate as direct members in projects of Important Projects of Common European Interest, provided that the total budget is more than twenty million (20,000,000) euros.

The investments in this sub-case may receive one (1) or more of the incen- tives: Tax Incentives and Rapid Licensing Incentive.

b) They constitute “Strategic investments of spatial organization of enterprises”, which concern the development of business parks of law 3982/2011 (A ‘143), in an area of at least five hundred (500) acres and with a total budget of over ten million (10,000).euros.

Investments in this category may receive one (1) or more of the incentives: Site Incentive, Tax Incentive and Rapid Licensing Incentive.

Investment Criteria

Investments in electricity generation units are characterized as “Strategic Investments”, pro- vided that meet the following conditions:

a. They fall into one of the following categories:

i. Systems that combine a power plant from RES. and a “green” hydrogen pro- duction system, since the electricity produced is used exclusively for hydrogen production.

ii. Installations of marine wind and / or floating photovoltaic parks

iii. RES projects that connect areas of the Territory that have not been interconnected and are not foreseen to be interconnected with the National Electricity Transmission System via submarine cable, in accordance with the approved, according to the application, ten-year Development Program (D.A.P.A.) of the National Electricity Transmission System (Ε.Σ.Μ.Η.Ε.).

iv. RES projects fully controlled electricity generation according to par. 14 of arti- cle 2 of law 4414/2016 (A ‘149).

v. Electricity storage systems from RES (they can be included exclusively in the category “Emblematic Investments of Extraordinary Significance” and receive the incentives provided in this category, provided that the relevant applica- tions have been submitted by 1.11.2021.)

b. They have a budget of at least seventy-five million (75,000,000) euros.

Auxiliary and accompanying projects

Auxiliary means temporary projects, which aim to serve the Strategic Investments during their construction phase, such as quarries, loan chambers, makeshift office facilities.

Accompanying projects, meaning permanent projects to support strategic investment, such as projects required for connection to electricity, telecommunications, gas, water and sewerage networks, as well as access roads and junctions connection of the installation sites of the projects with the national and provincial road network and with the main road network of the region.

Incentives

1. Location Motivations

Up to one (1) non-adjacent area can be included in the investment, which cumulatively:

Covers less than fifty percent (50%), of the total area of the main investment property,

is not necessary to ensure perfection – buildability of the main property &

has a maximum distance, with the other property, one and a half (1 ½) kilometers

The compulsory expropriation of real estate or the establishment of real rights over it is allowed for the service of the Strategic Investments and their auxiliary and accompanying projects. The expropriated area may not occupy a percentage of more than three percent (3%) of the total area of the investment.

2. Tax Incentives

Investments that are characterized as Strategies can be motivated stabilization of the income tax rate applicable at the date of their designation, for legal persons and legal entities for a period of time, which is set at twelve (12) years from the completion of the investment plan.

The investor can make use of the consolidated income tax rate from the tax year of completion and commencement of productive operation of the investment.

Investments, which are characterized as strategies, may receive separators:

a. Tax exemption consisting of the exemption from the payment of income tax on the pre-tax profits

The entity may utilize the entire eligible tax exemption within fifteen (15) tax years and not less than three (3) tax years from the year in which the right to use the incentive is established, or

b. Acceleration of tax depreciation of fixed assets that have been included in the ap- proved investment plan by increasing the rates by one hundred percent (100%). If the initial rate of depreciation is higher than twenty percent (20%), the final rate of in- crease may not exceed forty percent (40%).

For manufacturing companies, depreciation of machinery and non-technological equipment is deducted from gross income at the time of their realization, increased by thirty percent (30%).

3. Rapid Licensing Incentive

Subject to the issuance of any required permit or approval for the execution of pro- jects, the installation or operation of a strategic investment, including spatial planning permits.

4. Incentives to increase strategic investment costs, aid may be provided in the form of a grant.

The supported expenditure categories are:

i. Aid for the employment of disadvantaged workers and persons with disabilities. The aid of this category, combined with other state aid received by the investor, may not exceed five million (5,000,000) euros per investment project.

ii. Aid for research and development projects, if the project relates to industrial research, experimental development, or feasibility studies. The aid of this category, combined with other state aid received by the investment body, may not exceed for projects:

industrial research, twenty million (20,000,000) euros, per investment project,

experimental development, fifteen million (15,000,000) euros, per investment project,

feasibility studies and preparation of research activities, the seven million five hundred thousand (7,500,000) euros, per investment plan

The investment plans, which are included in the “Emblematic Investments of Extraor- dinary Significance”, to receive aid, divisive or cumulative, in the following form:

the grant, which consists of the provision of money by the State

the leasing subsidy, which consists of the coverage by the State part of the paid installments of the leasing

the subsidy of the cost of the created employment, which consists in the cov- erage by the State part of the salary costs of the new jobs.

Submission and documentation

The investment body pays to the “Hellenic Investment and Foreign Trade Company SA” to cover the administrative costs of processing its investment file management fee.

The amount of the total management fee is calculated at one percent (0.1%) of the total cost of the investment and cannot be less than fifty thousand (50,000) euros, nor exceed two hundred fifty thousand (250,000) euros.

Twenty-five percent (25%) of the management fee is paid to the “Hellenic Investment and Foreign Trade Company SA.” at the submission phase by the investor.

The remaining seventy-five percent (75%) is paid to the “Hellenic Investment and Foreign Trade Company SA”, during project management.

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Company news

Konstantinos Papadopoulos, CEO and co-founder of PK CONSULTING GROUP, was announced as the winner of the CEO Today Europe Awards 2021 in the category of the best CEO of Management / Business Consulting. The CEO Today Europe Awards honors the European CEOs, who have achieved excellent financial results in the last 12 months.

Mr. Papadopoulos commented: “This distinction is the result of the practices we follow in the company to optimize our productivity, communication and daily life. The award is a reward for the company and its staff, which in recent years has managed to offer high quality financing solutions to many Greek and international companies.