The EPO currently subsidises, on request, the fees payable by EQE candidates residing in certain countries, i.e. the EPO member states which currently receive the highest level of financial support under the Organisation's co-operation policy. This subsidy is funded from the EPO's co-operation budget.
To be eligible for a fee subsidy, a candidate must be permanently resident and have been employed for at least six months prior to enrolment in one of the following member states:
Albania (AL), Bulgaria (BG), Croatia (HR), Cyprus (CY), Czech Republic (CZ), Estonia (EE), the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MK), Greece (GR), Hungary (HU), Latvia (LV), Lithuania (LT), Malta (MT), Poland (PL), Portugal (PT), Romania (RO), Serbia (RS), Slovak Republic (SK), Slovenia (SI) and Turkey (TR).
The subsidy applies to enrolment and examination fees for the pre-examination and the main examination and covers 75% of the fees. The fee subsidy can be requested for each examination paper up to and including your third resit (fourth sitting (Rule 8 IPREE)).
Eligible candidates will be able to request a fee subsidy when enrolling to the examination via the EQE web portal. This is possible during the entire enrolment period. The 75% reduction will be calculated automatically.
Please note that the EPO will not refund any subsidised fees, even if a candidate withdraws from an examination paper before the given deadline.