Who is eligible to apply?
In principle, an application is eligible if the company is active in an energy-intensive sector as defined in Annex I of the Guidelines on State Aid for climate, environmental protection and energy 2022 and its energy costs in the last closed fiscal year amounted to at least 3% of the value of its products. Companies listed in Annex I of the Temporary Crisis Framework (TCF) may receive a higher subsidy.
Initial applications must be submitted no later than August 31, 2022.
What is subsidized?
A share of the natural gas and electricity costs from February to September 2022 is subsidized, provided that the price has more than doubled compared with the average price in 2021. The proportion is measured in three steps depending on the size of the company:
- 30% of the price difference (subsidy rate) and up to EUR 2 million for companies that are generally eligible to apply for a subsidy.
- 50% of the price difference and up to EUR 25 million will be granted to companies that can also prove an operative loss in the respective month due to the additional energy costs. The subsidy may not exceed 80% of the operating loss.
- Companies from the 26 sectors listed in Annex 1 of the TCF that are particularly affected (including chemicals, glass, steel, metals and ceramics) and that meet all of the aforementioned requirements will receive 70% of the price difference and up to EUR 50 million.
The above-mentioned subsidy rates have been reduced by 10 percentage points in July for the remaining term of the program.
In the subsidy periods from July to September, natural gas consumed will only be subsidized up to 80% of the amount consumed by the company in the same period of the previous year, so that there is no incentive to increase natural gas consumption.
Note: In addition to the basic subsidy requirements listed here, there are other special subsidy requirements that should be examined in detail before an application is filed. For example, the executive board of the applying company must declare that it will waive any increase in its compensation and the variable portion of its compensation for the current fiscal year in full. Otherwise, there is a risk of a claim for repayment of the subsidy received.