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State Aid: Norway has accepted to change the financing of public dental health care services

8.5.2014

PR(14)30

Today, the EFTA Surveillance Authority closed its case concerning the financing of Norwegian public dental health care services. The closure of the case comes after Norway agreed to change the financing so as to comply with the state aid rules of the EEA Agreement.

Having received two complaints about cross-subsidies in the Norwegian dental health care services, the Authority proposed to the Norwegian authorities to amend the system of financing in March 2014 (see press release).

Having accepted the proposal, the Norwegian authorities are now legally bound to clearly identify the sparsely populated regions where subsidies are needed to make dental health care affordable and to introduce a system of account separation to ensure that public funds are not used to provide the public dental health care service with a competition-distorting advantage.

The new rules ensuring that no further cross-subsidies occur must be in place by 1 January 2015.

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

 

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187

 




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