The cash flow potential analysis of the Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation for Competitiveness according to applicants’ size: The optimization suggestion according to cost effectiveness and thematic goals

Submitter: Národní centrum energetických úspor, z. s. (National Centre for Energy Saving)

Time of relevance: 1–3/2016

 

Project description: The main goal of this study was to conduct an impact assessment of the limited financial allocation for large enterprises in Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation for Competitiveness (OPPIK). According to the decision of the European Commission (C 2015, 3039) the support of large enterprises can reach (after considering all exceptions and other circumstances) only less than 30% of the financial allocation of this operational programme. This restriction threatens the ability to use spendable funds of the programme to reach its goals. One of these goals is to reach substantial energy savings thanks to specific objectives 3.2 Improving the energy efficiency of the business sector and 3.5 Improving the efficiency of the systems for heat supply.

 

The ex-post analysis of the projects funded in the last programming period (2007–2013) was conducted including the calculation of the probable effects of OPPIK with the given rules of the current programme on both small and large enterprises in this programming period (2014–2020). The analysis of absorption capacity was also conducted for some priority axes and legal correctness analysis of the current rules of OPPIK.

 

The main conclusions can be summarized as follows: reduction of the support for large enterprises is not reasonable, because: a) it impedes effective reaching of the given and authorized goals of the OPPIK, b) it impedes the support of SMEs that are included in the definition of large enterprises and c) it is against the legal framework (par. 3, Regulation no. 1301/2013). The institute of the "Programme Change", regulated in art. 30, Regulation 1303/2013, can be used as a possible corrective measure of this legal contradiction with the EU regulation. With better adjustment of the programme from the viewpoint of both small and large enterprise support it would be possible to reach significantly higher effects (especially in energy saving), than it is predicted by OPPIK programme document, namely in final energy consumption savings as large as 28, 4 PJ per year (instead of the current prediction of 17, 5 PJ) and in primary energy savings as large as 10, 9 PJ per year instead of the current 6, 5 PJ per year (40% more).

 

Contact person: Ondřej Vojáček, vojacek (at) ireas.cz, Jan Macháč, machac (at) ireas.cz