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ESA looks into alleged state aid for streetlights in Bergen

16.4.2019

PR(19)14 

EN | NO 

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has opened a formal investigation into potential state aid granted in relation to the operation of streetlights in Bergen.

Having received a complaint from the trade organisation Nelfo, ESA will now look into whether the Municipality of Bergen overcompensated the largest power company in Western Norway, BKK, for operating and maintaining the streetlights. BKK is currently the owner of the streetlight infrastructure, which they acquired as part of taking over another company that was owned by the Municipality.

The Municipality of Bergen is responsible for the streetlights along municipal roads and can finance their operation for the benefit of their population. ESA will now look into whether the Municipality granted an undue advantage to BKK which goes beyond a compensation that is in line with normal market conditions. ESA will also investigate the financing by the Municipality of 12 000 LED fixtures and other investments on the streetlights owned by BKK.

Having assessed Nelfo's complaint, ESA has decided to open a formal investigation to clarify if the transactions are in line with the state aid rules. The decision to open a formal investigation procedure is without prejudice to ESA's final decision. ESA will now call for further comments from the Norwegian authorities and third parties with an interest in the case. 

For further information, please contact:

Ásta Sigrún Magnúsdóttir
Communications officer
tel. +32 2 286 18 66
Mob. +32 490 57 63 53




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