Serbia: New decree concerning state subsidies
The Serbian Government passed the decree on conditions and procedures for the attraction of direct investments, which was published in the Official Gazette of Serbia No. 28/2015 from March 20 2015. The decree entered into force on March 21 2015. The decree provides for subsidies for investments into the Serbian market and regulates who can apply for the subsidies, the volume of subsidies and the procedure of applying and granting subsidies.
Any foreign or domestic business entity can apply for the subsidies provided by the decree. However, only a domestic legal entity, which is directly or indirectly controlled by the applicant, can be the beneficiary of the subsidies.
The subsidies can be used for the financing of investment projects in production and for services that can be traded internationally. The trade sector is explicitly excluded from applying for the state subsidies.
The following entities cannot apply for subsidies:
Business entities with difficulties in their business operations;
Business entities which have overdue debts towards the Republic of Serbia;
Business entities which have significantly reduced their number of employees in the 12 months preceding the application for subsidies; and
Business entities whose shareholder is the Republic of Serbia, Serbian autonomous provinces or municipalities.
The volume of subsidies
The volume of subsidies is determined by the size of the beneficiary of the subsidies:
Large enterprises can be granted an amount of up to 50% of justified expenses of the investment project;
Medium enterprises are entitled to up to 60% of justified expenses of the investment project; and
Small enterprises are entitled to up to 70% of justified expenses of the investment project.
The subsidies can be granted to beneficiaries engaged in production, with minimum justified expenses of the investment project in the amount of €250,000 and to beneficiaries in the service sector, with minimum justified expenses of the investment project in the amount of €150,000.
The procedure for the distribution of the subsidies
The applicants apply for subsidies in a tender procedure. Namely, the Ministry of Trade announces the procedure for the collection of applications for grants. Elected beneficiaries conclude a subsidy agreement with the ministry before the subsidies are disbursed.
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