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PR(09)48: The Authority approves prolongation of Norwegian audiovisual support schemes until 31 December 2009


The Authority has today approved the prolongation of two Norwegian support schemes for audiovisual production, until 31 December 2009.

The first scheme relates to support to audiovisual productions and covers different film support mechanisms, such as production support and support for Norwegian participation in international co-productions. Support can also be based on market potential or box office returns.

The second scheme relates to support for film production companies and pursues two main objectives: to contribute towards the production companies' project development and to develop the companies' access to financing.

Both schemes had been held by the Authority to constitute state aid but to be compatible with Article 61(3) (c) of the EEA Agreement by applying the criteria of the European Commission's Communication on cinema and other audiovisual work.

 For further information, please contact:

Marianne Clayton,
Senior Officer, Competition and State aid directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 23


1 July 2009

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