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PR(06)32: The EFTA Surveillance Authority accepts the Norwegian Maritime RDI scheme

5.7.2006

The EFTA Surveillance Authority decided today not to raise objections to a new Norwegian aid scheme for strengthening research, development and innovation in the maritime industry (Maritime RDI).

The principal objective of the scheme is to strengthen competitiveness and increase the value added in the maritime industry through stimulating research, development and innovation in the industry. In particular, the scheme is designed to contribute to increasing the overall understanding of the importance of RDI for long-term competitiveness in the maritime industry, to promote the development of maritime networks and partnerships, to support projects that have the potential for commercial success concerning new products, services or production processes and to support projects that may contribute to the development of a competitive and innovative maritime industry on a local, regional or national basis.

The budget of the scheme for 2006 is NOK 20 million (approximately EUR 2.6 million). Annual budgets for the following years will be subject to annual parliamentary budget procedures.

The duration of the scheme is six years, from 2006 to 2011.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Amund Utne
Director, Competition and State Aid Directorate,
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 51; or

Ms. Marie Wiersholm
National Expert, Competition and State Aid Directorate,
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 65.

5 July 2006




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