ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARYYes
According to Germany, "The scheme is one of the key instruments of innovation policy in the Federal Republic of Germany. In July 2008 the scheme consolidated the PRO INNO II, INNO-WATT and INNO-NET funding aid schemes. Although the funding conditions have been amended several times since then, the scheme’s basic character remained largely the same: first and foremost, the scheme supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other middle-sized enterprises engaged in market-oriented research and development projects (R&D projects) with the help of non-repayable grants. [...] The annual budget of the scheme for the period until 31.12.2019 is EUR 543 Mio." (para. 6 and 8 letter from the EC to Germany, Brussels 01.12.2015)
Based on the findings of the European Commission, "The scheme, [...], focuses on supporting innovative capacity in enterprises, which should ultimately have a positive influence on competitiveness, growth and jobs." (para. 10 and letter from the EC to Germany, Brussels 01.12.2015)
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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