PR(08)61: The EFTA Surveillance Authority prolongs State Aid Guidelines on Aid to Shipbuilding
The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today decided to prolong its State Aid Guidelines on Aid to Shipbuiding until 31 December 2011. This prolongation corresponds to the European Commissions prolongation of the European Community guidelines on State aid to Shipbuilding.
This decision follows an earlier extension in 2006. The Authority has concluded that the guidelines, which came into effect on 1 January 2004 have been applied without any problems and do not need to be revised at this stage.
The guidelines contain specific rules and provisions reflecting the particular characteristics of the shipbuilding industry and market. These rules concern regional aid, closure aid, export credits, development aid, employment aid and aid for research, development and innovation. The guidelines' rules on innovation aid are specific to the shipbuilding industry and have so far had limited application. The Authority wishes to continue applying these rules and assessing their impact on fostering innovation in the sector.
General state aid rules and provisions continue to govern the shipbuilding sector as regards all areas and activites that fall outside the specific scope of these guidelines.
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Inge Hausken Thygesen
Press & Information Officer
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66 or (+32)(0)475 81 37 59
Mr. Per Andreas Bjørgan
Director, Competition and State Aid Directorate
Tel (+32)(0)2 286 18 36