The EFTA Surveillance Authority today concluded, after a formal investigation, that a proposed exemption from the Norwegian CO2 tax for the use of natural gas and LPG for all purposes other than the heating of buildings, is not in line with the EEA competition rules.
Today, the Authority has closed its investigation regarding the sale of various properties by the Municipality of Time in Norway. The Authority concluded that no aid was involved in any of the transactions.
Today, the Authority has closed its investigation of a Norwegian proposal to introduce a special tax deduction for certain cooperatives.
The Authority today decided not to raise objections to aid measures which the Icelandic authorities intend to grant in respect of a planned aluminium smelter at Helguvík, Iceland.
The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today concluded that the Norwegian scheme on support for alternative, renewable heating and electricity savings in private households can be considered as compatible state aid.
The EFTA Surveillance Authority concluded today, after a formal investigation, that certain amendments to the Icelandic Harbour Act passed in 2003 and in 2007 breach EEA competition rules and represent incompatible state aid.
The EFTA Surveillance Authority today requested that Norway amend the financing regime of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). This request is based on a finding that the current financing system, mainly in the form of licence fee funding, is not in line with the EEA state aid rules.
The Authority has today closed its investigation into two schemes, a tonnage tax scheme and a refund scheme for the employment of seafarers, which had been notified by Iceland in the field of maritime transport. The Authority concluded that both schemes entail state aid measures which are incompatible with the EEA Agreement.
The Authority has today concluded that no state aid was involved in the sale of electric power by the Municipality of Notodden to the aluminum foil producer Becromal Norway AS. The conclusion is based on examination of price statistics relating to the contracts in question.
Today, the Authority has decided to propose to Iceland that it should take the appropriate measures to eliminate any state aid resulting from the unlimited state guarantees enjoyed by two publicly owned electricity utilities in Iceland; Landsvirkjun and Orkuveita Reykjavíkur.
The Authority has today approved the prolongation of two Norwegian support schemes for audiovisual production, until 31 December 2009.
The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today found that the direct grant of NOK 4,5 million from the Norwegian State budget and a loan guarantee by Troms County, both in favour of Norwegian Aviation College (NAC) in Bardufoss, Norway, constituted unlawful state aid within the meaning of Article 61(1) of the EEA Agreement.