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PR(09)92: The EFTA Surveillance Authority adopts new guidelines on best practice and simplified procedure for state aid cases and new guidelines on state aid for the employment of disadvantaged and disabled workers

16.12.2009

 

Best practice and simplified procedure

The Authority adopted today new guidelines concerning best practice for the conduct of state aid control procedures and simplified procedure for treatment of certain types of state aid.

The aim of the new guidelines is to make state aid control more predictable and efficient by streamlining state aid case procedures between the Authority and the EFTA States, for faster, more transparent and more predictable treatment of cases.

Hence, the best practice guidelines seek to improve and speed up the procedure for both notifications and complaint cases. The guidelines on simplified procedure provides for an accelerated procedure for certain notifications, in particular by using pre-notification contacts between the EFTA States and the Authority.

Both guidelines will enter into force on 1 January 2010.

More information on the corresponding EU guidelines can be found in this press release from the European Commission:

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/09/208&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en.

Employment of disadvantaged and disabled workers

The Authority also adopted today new guidelines regarding state aid for the employment of disadvantaged and disabled workers. The guidelines provide guidance on how state aid can be used to provide additional incentives to undertakings to employ disadvantaged and disabled workers. The main idea is that state aid in the form of wage subsidies might help disadvantaged or disabled workers to enter the labour market or to remain in their post by compensating employers for extra costs induced by their perceived or real lower productivity.

The State Aid Guidelines can be consulted on the Authority's website:

http://www.eftasurv.int/state-aid/legal-framework/state-aid-guidelines/.


For further information, please contact:

Mr Christian Jordal,
Officer
Competition and State Aid Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 89

Ms Marie Wiersholm,
Senior Officer
Competition and State Aid Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 65 

Ms Tonje Fingalsen
Trainee
Competition and State Aid Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 18

 

Brussels, 16 December 2009




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