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C 185/2 EN Official Journal of the European Union 28.7.

2005

Information communicated by Member States regarding State aid granted under Commission
Regulation (EC) No 70/2001 of 12 January 2001 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the EC
Treaty to State aid to small and medium-sized enterprises

(2005/C 185/02)

(Text with EEA relevance)

Aid No: XS 4/03 — DB — Manufacture of textiles and textile products

— DC — Manufacture of leather and leather products


Member State: Italy
— DN 36.2 — Manufacture of jewellery and related articles
Region: Tuscany
Name and address of granting authority:
Title of aid scheme: Aid for productive investment by SMEs Regione Toscana
in the fashion business Via di Novoli, 26
I-50127 Firenze
Legal basis:
— Delibera Giunta regionale n. 1206 del 4 novembre 2002 ‘Riso-
luzione del Consiglio regionale n. 18/2002. Approvazione dello
schema per la definizione del progetto pilota integrato per il
sistema moda’.

— Decisione Giunta regionale n. 13 dell'11 luglio 2001 ‘Direttive Aid No: XS 38/03
per l'attuazione dei regimi di aiuto’.
Member State: Italy
— Decreto Giunta regionale n. 6818 del 21 novembre 2002 Bando
per l'accesso al regime di aiuto Misura 1.1 ‘Aiuti agli investimenti Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
produttivi e ambientali delle PMI’ del PRSE 2001.
Title of aid scheme: Regional Programme of ERDF Innovative
Actions ‘FreNeSys’ — Action 2 ‘e-Cooperative business’ —
— Decreto Giunta regionale n. 6876 del 3 dicembre 2002 Bando Measure 2.6 ‘support for demonstration projects’
per l'accesso al regime di aiuto Misura 1.2 ‘Aiuti agli investimenti
di imprese artigiane’ del PRSE 2001-2005. Legal basis: Delibera Giunta regionale n. 4236 del 6.12.2002

Annual expenditure planned under the scheme: EUR Annual expenditure planned under the scheme: EUR
25 000 000 700 000

Maximum aid intensity:


Maximum aid intensity: The aid intensity for the individual
firm, expressed in gross grant equivalent (gge), may not exceed A. Gross intensity of aid for investment in equipment shall not
15 % of the total investment cost in the case of small enter- exceed:
prises or 7,5 % in the case of medium-sized enterprises. Where
the areas covered by the scheme qualify for exemption under
Article 87(3)(c) of the Treaty, the aid ceiling is 18 % gge for — 15 % in the case of small businesses;
small enterprises and 14 % gge for medium-sized enterprises.
— 7,5 % in the case of medium-sized businesses.
Date of implementation: January 2003. Date on which the
Commission received the notification. For businesses which have their head office and/or plant in
areas exempted under Article 87(3)(c) of the EC Treaty as
identified in Decision C(2000) No 2752 final, corrigendum
Duration of scheme: Period 2003-05. of 20 September 2000, the aid intensity shall not exceed
8 % nge + 10 % gge for small businesses and 8 % nge
+ 6 % gge for medium-sized businesses.
Objective of aid: To assist and to facilitate access to credit for
SMEs in the fashion business investing in tangible and intan-
gible assets.
B. Gross intensity of aid for services provided by external consultants
shall not exceed:
Economic sector(s) concerned: Firms classified as falling
mainly under the following codes in the 1991 Italian Statistical
Office (ISTAT) classification: — 50 % for SMEs.
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Date of implementation: 19 February 2003. Annual expenditure planned or overall amount of indivi-
dual aid granted to the company (Rural Conversion Grant
Funds (RCG)):
Duration of scheme: Until 30 June 2004.
2003/04: GBP 415 000
Objective of aid: To support the competitiveness of regional
firms by creating or developing telematic networks for the 2004/05: GBP 715 000
promotion of e-business. The projects, carried out by groupings
of firms and other bodies, will be publicised as examples of Total: GBP 1,13 million
good practice.

Maximum aid intensity: 50 % of costs of tangible and intan-


Economic sector(s) concerned: gible investment (Article 87(3)(a) area — 35 % + 15 % for
(a) Industrial or craft businesses active in mining, processing SMEs). In some cases, investment aid will be calculated based
or manufacturing goods and construction; on job creation. No SME will receive more than GBP 20 000
per job created.
(b) businesses providing services, identified as among those
which can have positive effect on the development of all Up to 50 % of consultancy costs.
the above production activities;
Date of implementation: 1 October 2003
(c) businesses active in tourism and in retail and wholesale
trade.
Duration of the scheme or individual aid award: Until
March 2005
This does not concern sectors not covered by Regulation (EC)
No 70/2001 and the transport sector. The sectoral ceilings laid
Objective of aid: To support tangible and intangible invest-
down by specific Community regulations or directives shall
ment costs and soft aid (consultancy) in relation to SMEs.
apply.
Investment in premises will be where intervention is required
to ensure appropriate provision of accommodation to enable
Name and address of granting authority: the business to grow. The investment aid will encourage
growth and development within the County and stimulate
economic regeneration within urban and rural town and com-
Regione Autonoma Friuli-Venezia Giulia munity centres by supporting the costs of investment in land,
Direzione regionale degli Affari europei buildings and equipment intended to create or extend a busi-
Via Trento, 2 ness.
I-34132 Trieste
e-mail: Affari.europei@regione.fvg.it; s.promo@regione.fvg.it
Support for consultancy costs will usually be limited to 10 % of
costs. Consultancy support will include one off payments to
Other information: The measure is carried out in collabora- support design and supervision of projects. The grant will not
tion with the four regional chambers of commerce, industry, be given to activity relating to the enterprise's usual operating
agriculture and craft (Gorizia, Udine, Pordenone, Trieste), expenditure such as routine tax consultancy services, regular
responsible for the administrative procedures. legal services or advertising.

Economic sectors: All eligible industry sectors without preju-


dice to special rules concerning State aid in certain sectors —
Article 1(2) of the SME block exemption Regulations

Name and address of the granting authority:

Sarah L Veck
Aid No: XS 106/03 Head of Economic Development
Economic Development Division
Carmarthenshire County Council
Member State: United Kingdom Business Resource Centre
Parc Amanwy
New Road
Region: West Wales & the Valleys
Ammanford
Carmarthenshire
Title of aid scheme or name of company receiving indivi- SA18 3EP
dual aid: Carmarthenshire County Council Strategic Towns &
Villages Initiative, including: Rural Conversion Grant

Legal basis: Local Government Act 2000, Part 2 (Promotion


of wellbeing, subsection 4)
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Aid No: XS 135/03 Maximum aid intensity: 35 % nge + 15 % gge

Member State: Italy Date of implementation: From 11 August 2003

Region: Lombardy Duration of scheme: Until 31 December 2003

Title of aid scheme: Aid to firms in the transport sector in


Brescia to set up ‘Vision 2000’ (2003/2004) business quality Objective of aid: To promote the development and competi-
systems. tiveness of industrial districts and local productive clusters in
Sardinia by improving the networks of services to firms via the
introduction of innovative productive, commercial and promo-
Legal basis: Art. 12 L. 7 agosto 1990, n. 241. tion processes and productive, technological and commercial
interaction between firms operating in the same district or
Deliberazioni camerali n. 240 del 10.12.2002 e n. 185 del local productive cluster.
29.9.2003.
Economic sector(s) concerned: All economic sectors
Determinazione dirigenziale n. 93/AV del 9.10.2003. excluding activities relating to the production, processing or
marketing of products listed in Annex 1 to the Treaty.
Annual expenditure planned under the scheme: EUR
50 000
For the cork sector only the following sectors in the EC
combined nomenclature are eligible:
Maximum aid intensity: 50 % of the costs incurred up to a
maximum of EUR 2 066 for each firm.
— CN code 4502 (Natural cork, debacked or roughly squared,
or in rectangular (including square) blocks, plates, sheets or
Date of implementation: 20 October 2003
strip (including sharp-edged blanks for corks or stoppers);
Duration of scheme: From 20 October 2003 to 19 October
2004 — CN code 4503 (Articles of natural cork);

Objective of aid: To promote the setting up of business — CN code 4504 (Agglomerated cork (with or without a
quality systems in firms in Brescia based on the ‘Vision 2000’ binding substance) and articles of agglomerated cork).
standards for product and process certification.
Name and address of granting authority:
Economic sector(s) concerned: Transport
Regione Autonoma della Sardegna
Name and address of granting authority: Assessorato dell'Industria — Servizio Infrastrutture
Viale Trento n. 69 — I-09123 Cagliari
Camera di commercio industria artigianato e agricoltura di
Brescia
Other information: The aid recipients are consortia and
Via Orzinuovi, n. 3
companies set up by consortia of SMEs operating in the indus-
I-25125 Brescia
trial districts identified by decree No 377 of 7 August 1997 of
E-mail: costantino@bs.camcom.it
the Assessore responsible for industry and local productive
clusters identified by Delibera Giunta Regionale No 21/38 of
2 July 2002. The recipients retain their status as SMEs.

Aid No: XS 136/03

Member State: Italy


Aid No: XS 137/03
Region: Sardinia
Member State: Italy
Title of aid scheme: Financing of networks of services for
firms in industrial districts and in local productive clusters.
Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Legal basis: L.R. 24.12.1998, n. 37, art. 4
Title of aid scheme: Financing for craft firms for business
Delibera di Giunta n. 21/23 del 21.7.2003 investment granted from the rotating fund for craft firms.

Annual expenditure planned under the scheme: EUR Legal basis: Decreto del Presidente della Regione n. 0259/Pres del
6 713 940,38 25.7.2003
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Annual expenditure planned under the scheme: Other information: The scheme is in accordance with Regu-
2003: EUR 6 000 000 lation (EC) No 70/2001 of 12 January 2001.

The regional authorities undertake to amend the definition of


2004: EUR 1 246 000 small and medium-sized firms with effect from 1 January
2005, in accordance with the Commission Recommendation of
2005: EUR 1 000 000 6 May 2003 concerning the definition of micro, small and
medium-sized enterprises, published in OJ L 124 of 20 May
2003.
Maximum aid intensity: Up to the ceilings laid down in
Community rules for aid to small and medium-sized firms and
in the regional aid map:

— 15 % gge for small firms; 7,5 % gge for medium-sized


firms;

— for firms in areas qualifying for exemption under Article


Aid No: XS 141/03
87(3)(c) of the EC Treaty: 8 % nge + 10 % gge for small
firms; 8 % nge + 6 % gge for medium-sized firms.
Member State: Italy
Date of implementation: 26 September 2003 Region: Marche

Duration of scheme: Until 31 December 2006, and for a Title of aid scheme: SPD Objective 2 2000-2006 — Measure
possible further adjustment period of not more than six 1.1 Aid to productive and environmental investment by small
months, as provided for in Article 10 of Commission Regu- and medium-sized industrial and craft firms, sub-measure
lation (EC) No 70/2001 of 12 January 2001 on the application 1.1.1. Aid to productive investment by small and medium-
of Articles 87 and 88 of the EC Treaty to State aid to small and sized industrial firms, intervention b1 Law 341/95 Article 1:
medium-sized enterprises. incentives for productive investment to set up new plant or to
expand, modernise, restructure, convert, reactivate or relocate
Objective of aid: Aid to small and medium-sized craft firms existing production plant.
engaged in production activities and the provision of produc-
tion services in the form of subsidised loans for business invest- Legal basis: Docup Ob. 2 2000-2006
ment in tangible and intangible assets.
Annual expenditure planned under the scheme:
Recipients: craft firms engaged in production activities and the Normal aid
provision of production services, their consortia and companies
set up by their consortia, including cooperatives, falling within EUR 1 840 615,00 for 2001
the definition of small or medium-sized firms laid down in
Annex I to Commission Regulation (EC) No 70/2001 of EUR 1 939 014,00 for 2002
12 January 2001 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of
the EC Treaty to State aid to small and medium-sized enter-
prises. EUR 2 308 531,40 for 2003

Total: EUR 6 088 160,40


Economic sector(s) concerned: All economic sectors, with
the exception of activities relating to the production, processing
Transitional aid:
or marketing of the products listed in Annex I to the EC
Treaty.
EUR 625 682,40 for 2001

Name and address of granting authority: EUR 1 007 717,90 for 2002

Direzione regionale affari finanziari e patrimonio — Servizio EUR 938 681,80 for 2003
del credito
Corso Cavour, 1 — I-34100 Trieste Total: EUR 2 572 082,10
Tel. (040) 377 22 34
Fax (040) 377 20 84
Maximum aid intensity: In accordance with Regulation (EC)
E-mail: s.credito.ts@regione.fvg.it
No 70/2001, the following rates of aid will be applied: 15 %
gge for small firms and 7,5 % gge for medium-sized firms; in
Direzione regionale dell'artigianato e della cooperazione — areas that qualify for the derogation under Article 87(3)(c) of
Servizio per lo sviluppo dell'artigianato the EC Treaty the rate will be 18 % for small firms and 14 %
Via Giulia, 75/1 — I-34100 Trieste for medium-sized firms, subject to the ceilings laid down by
Tel. (040) 377 48 22 the Commission decision on the derogation for Article 87(3)(c)
Fax (040) 377 48 10 areas (8 % nge + 10 % gge for small firms and 8 % nge
E-mail: dir.art.coop@regione.fvg.it + 6 % gge for medium-sized firms).
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Date of implementation: In accordance with Commission — construction, production and distribution of electricity,
guidelines, aid will be granted for costs incurred by the final steam and hot water subject to the limitations imposed by
recipient from the date of publication of the call for applica- Ministerial Circular No 900315 of 14 July 2001;
tions. — telecommunications;
Only expenditure incurred after the date on which the aid — production services (information technology, technology
application was submitted is eligible. transfer and IT intermediation, technical and economic
consultancy).
Duration of scheme: The scheme will not run as long as the The scheme excludes the manufacture of steel products listed
SPD 2 2000-2006 and will come to an end on 31 December in Annex I to the ECSC Treaty, shipbuilding and ship repair,
2003. As funds will be used up on a first come, first served the manufacture of synthetic fibres and the processing of agri-
basis, aid applications should be submitted from 29 May 2003 cultural products. Specific restrictions are laid down for the
to 28 July 2003. automobile industry, in accordance with Community law.
Objective of aid: The aid is intended for small and medium- Activities involving the production, processing or marketing of
sized industrial firms in Objective 2 and phasing out areas in the goods listed in Annex I to the EC Treaty are excluded.
the Marche. Name and address of granting authority:
Regione Marche
Economic sector(s) concerned: Servizio Industria e artigianato
— mining and quarrying, manufacturing; Via Tiziano 44, I-60100 Ancona — tel. 0718061