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Green light given to the Norwegian Innovation Cluster scheme

26.1.2011

PR(11)01

The Authority today approved an aid scheme for Innovation Clusters in Norway.


The main objective of the scheme is to enhance collaboration, innovation, growth and competitiveness in regionally based innovation clusters. The activities shall be based on collaboration between companies, Research & Development organisations or educational institutions and relevant public sector institutions.

Under the scheme, and if the applicable conditions are met, up to 50% of the operating costs may be financed by public resources.

The scheme was notified to the Authority be the Norwegian authorities on 24 November 2010.

The Authority considers that the Innovation Cluster scheme is compatible with Article 61 of the EEA Agreement with reference to its Guidelines on Aid for research, development and innovation.

 

For further information, please contact:

Ms Marianne Clayton
Senior officer
Competition and State Aid Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 23




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