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State aid: Sale of Haslemoen Military Camp not in line with the EEA Agreement

15.3.2012

PR(12)13

Haslemoen AS received unlawful state aid when the company bought 29 buildings at Haslemoen Leir from Våler Municipality in 2006. The EFTA Surveillance Authority decided today that approximately NOK 4.9 million will have to be paid back to the municipality.

The municipality initially acquired the entire Haslemoen Leir from the Norwegian State in 2005 for the price of NOK 46 million. Less than a year later, it resold 29 of the 44 buildings located in the Inner Camp of Haslemoen Leir to Haslemoen AS for the price of NOK 4 million.

In order to assess whether unlawful state aid is involved in a sale transaction of land and buildings by public authorities, it follows from the Authority's Guidelines on the matter that the municipality's primary cost of acquiring the buildings in question is an indicator for the market value unless a significant period of time elapsed between the purchase and the following sale.

By its investigation, the Authority has concluded that the sale was carried out below the municipality's primary cost, and thus below the market value. The particular price for reselling the 29 buildings in question would not have been acceptable for a private seller, thus the difference between the market value and the sales price constitutes state aid within the EEA Agreement. The Norwegian authorities are ordered to take necessary measure to recover the unlawful state aid from the beneficiary.

A non-confidential version of the Decision will be published in the register of state aid decisions on the Authority's website, normally within a month from the date of the Decision.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Trygve Mellvang-Berg,
Press and Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob.  (+32)(0)492 900 187




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