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State aid: Redningsselskapet does not receive illegal state aid

2.5.2013

PR(13)39

The financing of Redningsselskapet's provisions of ambulance transport services by boat does not involve state aid, the EFTA Surveillance Authority concluded this week.

In a complaint to the EFTA Surveillance Authority it was asserted that Redningsselskapet uses the public funds granted to it by the Norwegian State to finance parts of its commercial activities through so-called cross-subsidisation. The complainants also alleged that the exemption granted to Redningsselskapet for payment of VAT on purchases of boats constitutes illegal state aid. 

The Authority found that Redningsselskapet keeps separate accounts for its tasks performed on behalf of the Norwegian State and for its commercial activities. Furthermore, the fixed and variable costs are allocated to the relevant activities to prevent any cross-subsidisation. The financing of Redningsselskapet is thus not in violation of the EEA rules on state aid. The Authority also concluded that the exemption from payment of VAT does not amount to a selective advantage to Redningsselskapet as such an exemption in principle also is open to other companies. 

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. Per Andreas Bjørgan
Director, Competition and State Aid Directorate
(+32) 2 286 18 36




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