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PR(98)08: Norwegian areas eligible for regional aid authorised by the EFTA Surveillance Authority

2.10.2002

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today approved a proposal from the Norwegian Government on the system of regional investment aid in Norway. The validity of the present system expires on 30 April 1998. The revised system of regional investment aid in Norway implies in broad terms a continuation of the present regime.

A new map of assisted areas has been authorized for the period of 1 May 1998 to 31 December 1999. The period of validity has been set with reference to the fact that the Authority endeavours to adopt new guidelines on regional aid, corresponding to those adopted by the European Commission in December 1997, and to review the Norwegian system of regional investment aid before the end of 1999.

The assisted areas in Norway are divided into three target zones; A, B and C. They cover some 26 % of the total population and qualify for regional aid according to Article 61(3)(c) of the EEA Agreement, notably with reference to their sparse population (4.4 inhabitants per square kilometre on average).

Target zone A consists of the county of Finnmark plus the northernmost parts of county of Troms. The aid ceiling for large enterprises in zone A is 30 % net grant equivalent (NGE), i.e. down from the previous level of 35 % NGE. The adjustment is explained by an improvement of the economic situation in this region relative to the average in the EEA. The Authority has agreed to allow a supplement of 15 % (gross) for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) during a transitional period.

Target zone B covers other parts of northern Norway plus remote and sparsely populated areas in southern Norway. Target zone C covers assisted areas in southern Norway plus the municipalities of Tromsø and Bodø in northern Norway. The maximum aid intensities for these target zones have been maintained at respectively, 25% NGE plus 5 % (gross) for SMEs in target zone B and 15% NGE plus 10 % (gross) for SMEs in target zone C. The geographical scope of the assisted areas has been adjusted. The adjustments concern relatively small parts of respectively target zone B and target zone C.

A more detailed overview of the geographical scope of the assisted areas may be seen from the annex to this press release.

For further information please contact Mr. Amund Utne on tel. 286 18 50 or Mr. Morten Sandberg on tel 286 18 53 (State Aid & Competition Directorate

Annex to PR(98)8 

municipalities covered by target zones A, B and C

Target zone A

General aid ceiling: 30 % NGE   -   SME supplement: 15 % (gross)

County

Municipalities eligible for regional investment aid

Finnmark

Whole county


Troms


Kåfjord, Skjervøy, Nordreisa, Kvænangen

Target zone B

General aid ceiling: 25 % NGE   -   SME supplement: 5 % (gross)

County

Municipalities eligible for regional investment aid

Hedmark

Trysil, Åmot, S Elvdal, Rendalen, Engerdal, Tolga, Tynset, Alvdal, Folldal, Os


Oppland


Dovre, Lesja, Skjåk, Lom, Vågå, Sel


Telemark


Seljord, Kviteseid, Nissedal, Fyresdal, Tokke, Tinn, Vinje


Aust-Agder


Åmli


Rogaland


Utsira


Møre og Romsdal


Surnadal, Rindal, Aure, Halsa, Tustna, Smøla


Sør-Trøndelag


Oppdal, Rennebu, Meldal, Røros, Holtålen, Tydal, Hemne, Snillfjord, Hitra, Frøya, Åfjord, Roan, Osen, Agdenes, Bjugn


Nord-
Trøndelag


Snåsa, Namsos, Namdalseid, Lierne, Røyrvik, Namsskogan, Grong, Høylandet, Overhalla, Fosnes, Flatanger, Vikna, Nærøy, Leka, Meråker, Verran, Mosvik


Nordland


Whole county except Bodø


Troms


Whole county except Tromsø, Kåfjord, Skjervøy, Nordreisa and Kvænangen


 

Target zone C

General aid ceiling: 15 % NGE   -   SME top-supplement: 10 % (gross)

County

Municipalities eligible for regional investment aid

Østfold

Aremark, Marker, Rømskog


Hedmark


Grue, Åsnes, Våler, Eidskog, Kongsvinger


Oppland


S Land, N Land, S Aurdal, Etnedal, N Aurdal, V Slidre, Ø Slidre, Vang, N Fron, S Fron, Ringebu, Gausdal


Buskerud


Sigdal, Flå, Nes, Gol, Hemsedal, Ål, Hol, Rollag, Nore og Uvdal


Telemark


Bø, Sauherad, Notodden, Nome, Hjartdal, Drangedal


Aust-Agder


Gjerstad, Vegårshei, Bygland, Valle, Bykle


Vest-Agder


Åseral, Audnedal, Hægebostad, Sirdal


Rogaland


Hjelmeland, Suldal, Sauda, Kvitsøy


Hordaland


Fedje, Masfjorden, Voss, Jondal, Odda, Ullensvang, Eidfjord, Ulvik, Granvin, Kvam, Modalen, Etne


Sogn og Fjordane


Whole county


Møre og Romsdal


Gjemnes, Tingvoll, Sunndal, Norddal, Stranda, Stordal, Rauma, Nesset, Kristiansund, Averøy, Frei, Midsund, Sandøy, Eide, Vanylven, Sande


Sør-Trøndelag


Ørland, Rissa, Midtre Gauldal, Selbu


Nord-
Trøndelag


Leksvik, Steinkjer, Verdal, Inderøy


Nordland


Bodø


Troms


Tromsø






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