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The so-called "EFRE-Technologieförderung" is a support scheme, introduced by the Saxony State Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labour to improve the technology transfer and the competitiveness of the local economy. The support scheme will only be applicable to projects, that are already supported by the ERDF and to companies within Saxony. The scheme is in force from 1 January 2015 until 31 December 2023 and has an annual budget of 75 million EUR. According to the directive, both small and medium sized companies (SMEs) and large companies are eligible to the scheme. Companies can apply in three different categories:
"(1) R&D projects with an innovative technology oriented content, suitable for the development of new or improved products and production processes and a special focus on the improvement of the innovation capacity and competitiveness of local industries (R&D project support).
(2) The acquisition of technological know-how, either directly from a technology supplier or from a technology broker, to implement new products or to adjust existing products and processes to new technical standards. This might also include adjustment developments and consulting services, linked to the acquisition of the technological know-how (support of technology transfer).
(3) The use of external R&D services in connection with the development of new or the improvement of existing products, processes, services and technical support during the implementation phase (InnoPrämie)."
As far as financial grants are concerned, the directive identifies the following maximum amounts per project (% of total investment):
"Industrial research: 65 %
Experimental development: 40 %
Feasibility studies: 50 %
Innovation aid for SMEs: 50 %
Aid for process and organisational innovation: 50 %"
In addition, SMEs are eligible for an additional 20 % of the total investment value for industrial research and experiemental development projects.
In the GTA database the determination of whether a policy instrument discriminates against foreign commercial interests turns on whether it creates or alters the relative treatment of domestic firms versus foreign commercial interests. On this metric, the state aid proposed here is discriminatory because the state aid is not available to competing firms outside of the implementing jurisdiction.
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