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PR(04)22: EFTA Surveillance Authority closes formal investigation procedure regarding proposed Norwegian aid scheme to utilise energy from final waste treatment plants

7.7.2004

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today closed the formal investigation procedure concerning a proposed aid scheme to utilise energy from final waste treatment plants. 

In January 2003, the Norwegian Government notified the EFTA Surveillance Authority of the intention to grant direct state support to waste incineration plants and landfills for the utilization of energy produced in the waste treatment process. The aid scheme should have replaced the current system of tax differentiations according to the amount of energy generated and used in the waste treatment.  

On 11 December 2003, the Authority opened a formal investigation procedure with regard to the proposed State aid. The Authority had doubts about the compatibility of the aid scheme with the State aid provisions of the EEA Agreement, in combination with the Authority’s Guidelines on Aid for Environmental Protection.

By letter of 28 June 2004, Norway informed the Authority that it withdrew the notification and that the aid scheme would not be implemented.

The Authority consequently closed the formal investigation procedure. The Authority will inform interested parties by a publication of a summary note in the EEA Section of the Official Journal of the European Union and the EEA Supplement thereto.

 

For further information, please contact Mr. Amund Utne, Director Competition and State aid on tel.: (+32)(0)2 286 18 50 or Ms. Annette Kliemann, Officer Competition and State aid on tel.: (+32)(0)2 286 18 80.




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