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PR(08)76: The Authority approves prolongation of Norwegian audiovisual support schemes until 1 July 2009


The Authority has today approved the prolongation of two Norwegian support schemes for audiovisual production, until 1 July 2009.

The first scheme relates to support to audiovisual productions and covers different film support mechanisms consisting of:

(i)                  production support for feature films,

(ii)                support for the Norwegian participation in international co–productions,

(iii)               production support based on market potential,

(iv)              production support for short films and finally

(v)                support in the form of 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,
Officer, Competition and State aid directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 23


10 December 2008

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