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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

Impact analysis of the limited allocation of funds for large enterprises under the Operational Program 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 this operational programme’s financial allocation. 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 goals 3.2 and 3.5. 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 OPPIK’s rules.

Funding Agency: Národní centrum energetických úspor, z. s. (National Center for Energy Savings)
Duration: 2015-2016
Contact Person: Ondřej Vojáček (email: ondrej.vojacek@gmail.com)
Researchers: Ondřej Vojáček, Jiří Louda, Jan Macháč, Lenka Zemková, Ladislav Sobotka, Petr Krautwurm
In Cooperation with: IREAS Energy, s. r. o.; CTU in Prague, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Management and Economics
Use of Results: 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 OPPIK’s goals, b) it impedes the support of SME’s 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’s 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). The output was used by the Ministry of Industry and Trade to negotiate with the EU on setting up OPPIK conditions. This negotiation based on results of the analysis was successful, thus the conditions was revised.