Walloon Region awards a maximum investment subsidy ranging from 20% to 30% of
the investments, depending on the size of the company, for the development of
inland waterway and rail freight transport, including combined transport.
budget limits, the overall amount of the alternative transportation mode
subsidy granted to companies that carry out the eligible investments mentioned
in section 3, amount, in the case of a small-sized or medium-sized company, to
a maximum 30% rate of the amount of the investment or, in the case of a large
company, to a maximum 20% rate of the amount of the investments.
The amount of the subsidy does not exceed € 500,000 per 12
consecutive months from the date of acknowledgment of receipt of the
The Minister or the delegated officer proceeds to the withdrawal
of the award decision where the enterprise does not comply with the conditions
Are eligible the investments and expenses related to:
fitting of infrastructures and facilities needed for the intermodal or bulk
2° the transhipment
equipments and intermodal or bulk loading and unloading systems that are
dedicated to the inland waterway or rail freight transport, combined transport
included, except for lorries, locomotives and railway wagons.
The investments made of operations and expenses must be listed on
the assets side of the balance sheet under the heading "fixed assets"
and should reach a € 25,000 minimum amount.
Are excluded the following investments:
equipment or furniture;
or exhibition equipment or furniture;
meant for rental;
* The present support cannot be granted together with
another supports awarded on the basis of other regulations or legislations in
force, including the supports awarded through the European structural Funds.
* To be
eligible for support, the enterprise must have one operating site located in
the Walloon Region of Belgium.
eligible for the investment premium are eligible for this aid: "Large
Business Investment (see aid no. 1) and “SME Investment” (see aid no. 169).
present support applies to SMEs and large enterprises.
According to the European definition in force
since 1 January 2005, are considered as SMEs:
micro-enterprise is a small enterprise:
less than 10 workers;
a) whose yearly
turnover does not exceed € 2,000,000;
b) whose total
balance sheet does not exceed € 2,000,000.
small-sized enterprise is defined as an enterprise:
at least 10 workers and less than 50 workers;
a) whose yearly
turnover does not exceed € 10,000,000;
b) whose total
balance sheet does not exceed € 10,000,000.
medium-sized enterprise is defined as an enterprise:
1) employing at
least 50 workers but less than 250 workers;
a) whose yearly
turnover does not exceed € 50,000,000;
b) whose total
balance sheet does not exceed € 43,000,000.
Categories of enterprises to be considered
for the calculation of the staff and the financial amounts.
As regards the calculation of the ceilings
and thresholds mentioned above, a distinction is to be drawn between 3
categories of enterprises according to the kind of relationships they have with
other enterprises in terms of capital contribution and voting rights (the
highest of the 2 rates being considered); these enterprises are:
autonomous enterprise, provided:
* it has
less than a 25% holding in another company;
* it is not
directly owned as to 25% or more by an enterprise or a public body, or jointly
by several linked enterprises or public bodies, besides some exceptions;
To be noticed :
An enterprise is considered as an autonomous
one although the 25% ceiling is reached or exceeded when the investors are
included in the following categories (provided they are not linked to the
public participation companies, venture capital companies, natural
persons or groups of natural persons with a regular activity as investors in
venture capital (“business angels”) who invest own funds in enterprises that
are not quoted on the stock exchange, provided the total amount of the
investment of the “business angels” in a same enterprise does not exceed €
non-profit universities or research centres;
institutional investors, regional development funds included.
* it does
not draw up consolidated accounts and is not to be found in the accounts of an
enterprise that draw up consolidated accounts and is thus not a linked
enterprise partner of another enterprise, provided:
* it has a
holding ranging from 25% to 50% in the other enterprise;
other enterprise has a holding ranging from 25% to 50% in the applicant
applicant enterprise does not draw up consolidated accounts including this
other enterprise and is not to be found in the consolidated accounts of this
enterprise or an enterprise linked to it.
enterprise is linked, provided:
* it has
more than a 50% holding in the enterprise;
other enterprise has more than a 50% holding in the applicant enterprise;
* it is
part of a group;
* it has to
draw up consolidated accounts or is included in the consolidated accounts of
The large enterprise is an enterprise which
does not meet the European definition of a SME, i.e.:
employs a minimum number of 250 workers;
2° or whose:
a. yearly turnover
exceeds € 50,000,000;
b. and the yearly
total balance sheet exceeds € 43,000,000.
3° or which
is owned as to 25% or more of the capital or the voting rights by a company or
jointly by several companies meeting one of the conditions referred to at
points 1° and 2°.
considered as investment programmes implementing a policy for the development
of inland waterway and rail freight transport, combined transport included, the
investments or expenses linked to the freight transport between Member States
for which the truck, the trailer or the semi-trailer, with or without a towing
vehicle, the swap body or the 20-feet or more container use the road for the
first or the last part of the journey and, for the other part, the rail or a
waterway, or a sea journey where it exceeds 100 km at crow-fly distance and
make initial or final road leg:
between the loading point of the freight and the nearest relevant loading
railway station for the initial journey and between the nearest relevant
unloading railway station and the freight unloading point for the final
2) or within
a range not in excess of 150 km at crow-fly distance from the river or sea
loading or unloading port.
regards the investments and the expenses mentioned at heading 3, the enterprise
should commit itself to implementing and maintaining a new traffic or an
additional one in comparison with the existing one, for a 3-year period
following the year that follows the completion of the investment.
applicant enterprise should meet the following conditions:
1° taking on
a minimum 25% rate of the financing of the investments programme without the
benefit of a public support;
2° not being an enterprise
considered as experiencing difficulties;
with the conditions laid down;
4° not to
have been the subject of a recovery order following a decision of the European
Commission declaring incentives which it perceived to be illegal and incompatible
with the internal market.
person in charge of the enterprise provides the “SPW Economie, Emploi,
Recherche” od the “Service public de Wallonie” with a sworn statement stating
that the enterprise complies with the conditions mentioned above.
investment programmes must be completed within a period of 2 years following
the date of the acknowledgment of receipt of the application.
The Minister or the delegated officer can, on justified
request from the enterprise, extend this deadline.
This subsidy is applicable until 31.12.2025.
A. Application for
An application for a Company Passport must be submitted
via an online form also available on "Mon Espace".
This document determines the category of the company and
is issued by the Reference Centre of the SPW Economie, Emploi, Recherche.
Information sheet prior to the
application for intervention
The enterprise must submit the application for an
alternative mode of transport subsidy to the SPW Economie, Emploi, Recherche
before the start of the work related to the investment programme.
The application for subsidy must contain, at
least, the following information :
1) the name and size of the enterprise;
description of the investment programme, including the start and end dates;
location of the investment programme;
4) the list
of costs related to the investment programme;
5) the type
of aid and the amount of public funding required to carry out this programme.
The SPW Economie,
Emploi, Recherche acknowledges receipt of the application for the subsidy
within 15 days of the receipt of the application and sets the date for
consideration of the investment programme which corresponds to the date of the
sending of the application.
Intervention request form
Within 6 months of the date of the
acknowledgment of receipt, the enterprise must submit a file on a standard
The form must contain at least the
description of the investments to be made, its features, the impact in terms of
transport and mobility, the origin and destination of the goods as well as the
additional tonnage envisaged.
The SPW Economie,
Emploi, Recherche can address to the enterprise, within a 3-month period from the
date of receipt of the file, a request relating to the missing information
granting it a period of 1 month to complete its file.
If the enterprise has not sent, within the
month, the information requested by the SPW Economie, Emploi, Recherche, a
registered letter is sent to it granting it a new period of 1 month. After this
period, the Minister or the delegated official takes a decision to refuse the
bonus, notified by the SPW Economie, Emploi, Recherche to the enterprise by
Where the enterprise does not comply with the
condition <<not being an enterprise considered as experiencing
difficulties>>, the Minister or the delegated officer takes a decision to
suspend the subsidy. This is notified, registered mail, to the enterprise by
the SPW Economie, Emploi, Recherche. This decision comes into force on the date
of the notification to the enterprise and ends when the SPW Economie, Emploi,
Recherche receives a new financial situation covering 1 of the 2 subsequent
Where the enterprise does not provide within
a 24-month period beginning on the date of the suspension decision, a new
financial situation meeting the requirements, the Minister or the delegated
officer takes a negative decision to be notified, registered mail, to the
enterprise by the SPW Economie, Emploi, Recherche.
Before any decision of award and on dully
justified request from the enterprise, the Minister or the delegated officer
can authorize investments coming in addition to the eligible investment programme
or modifications to the eligible investment programme.
The decision is notified, registered mail or
by any certifying dating means, to the enterprise by the SPW Economie, Emploi,
1° the date
of the beginning of the investment programme corresponding to the date of the
scheduled date of completion of the investment programme;
provisions related to the payment of the subsidy;
the additional or new tonnage that will be achieved by inland waterways or
rail, or the number of transhipments of additional intermodal units towards the
inland waterway or the rail, as well as their duration and maintenance.
Within a 4-month period following receipt
either of the application file, or the missing data, or the new financial
situation, a decision of award or a negative decision is taken by the Minister
or the delegated officer. The SPW Economie, Emploi, Recherche notifies the
enterprise by registered mail of this decision.
for payment of the subsidy
The enterprise submits, within a 3-year
period following receipt of the decision of award of the subsidy, at the
latest, an application for the payment of the subsidy including the proof of
the achievement and the payment of the whole of the investment programme and
the proof of the compliance with the conditions.
Where the proofs mentioned above are not
provided, the Minister or the delegated officer takes the decision to suspend
the payment of the subsidy for a 12-month period to begin at the time the
payment is applied for and the SPW Economie, Emploi, Recherche notifies this
decision, registered mail, to the enterprise, requiring to comply with the
regulations and conditions and the condition relating to the ineligibility of
enterprises experiencing difficulties, according to agreed delays and
After expiration, if the enterprise has not
provided the proofs of compliance with the regulations and conditions and the
condition relating to the ineligibility of enterprises experiencing
difficulties, the Minister or the delegated officer proceeds to the withdrawal
of the award decision, notified, registered mail or by any certifying dating
means, to the enterprise by the SPW Economie, Emploi, Recherche.
The SPW Economie, Emploi, Recherche recovers
- SPW Mobilité et Infrastructure
Département de la Stratégie de la Mobilité et
Direction du Transport et de l'Intermodalité
Rue Forgeur, 2
Tel. : (32) 04.220.87.50
Fax : (32) 04.220.87.60
Economie, Emploi, Recherche
Département de l'Investissement
Direction des PME
Place de la Wallonie, 1
B-5100 JAMBES (Namur)
Tel. : (32) 081.33.42.00
Fax : (32) 081.33.42.22
The related form is available addressing:
AGW of 12.03.2009 - MB of
AGW of 15.05.2014 - MB of
AGW of 22.11.2018 - MB of
AGW of 20.02.2020 - MB of
AGW of 21.01.2021 - MB of
This aid shall be notified to the European Commission.