Temporary framework

Commission extends Temporary Framework to accelerate coronavirus research

Recently adopted state aid rules are to accelerate research related to coronavirus research and development. The Temporary Framework was adopted in mid-March 2020 to enable Member States to accelerate research, testing and production of products related to coronavirus.

The European Commission has now announced that projects working on COVID-19 with the Seal of Excellence will be affected by this rule change, meaning that they will not have to verify, at Member State level, their relevance to COVID-19 again.

Such projects are now eligible for aid intensities that are far high than regular state aid rules. The five specific types of aid affected by this rule change are:

  • Support for coronavirus related research and development
  • Support for the construction and upscaling of testing facilities
  • Support for the production of products needed to tackle the outbreak
  • Targeted support in the form of deferral of tax payments and/or suspensions of social security contributions
  • Targeted support in the form of wage subsidies for employees. 

The amended Temporary Framework will be in place until the end of December 2020. Read more here