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PR(08)24: Scoreboard on the volume of state aid 2006


Today the EFTA Surveillance Authority has published a scoreboard on the volume of state aid granted in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway in the year 2006. The first edition of the scoreboard was published in the spring of 2007 and reflected data for the years 2004 and 2005.

In order to facilitate a comparative review of the scoreboard with that of the European Commission, the present scoreboard has also been prepared on premises similar to those applied by the European Commission. This implies that while aid to the transport sector is, in principle, covered by the scoreboard certain data are presented exclusive of aid for transport. However, rules on agricultural and fishing policies of the European Community are not covered by the EEA Agreement and aid to such sectors is therefore not included.

When total aid (less transport) is measured as a percentage of GDP, Norway was in 2006 approximately at the same level as the average of the 25 EU Member States in 2006. Iceland and, in particular, Liechtenstein were among the countries granting the lowest level of aid compared to individual EEA States.

Norway granted an important share of its total state aid to regional development purposes, whilst Iceland granted most of its aid to research and development.

As a novelty the present edition of the scoreboard includes comparisons between the volume of state aid granted by Norway with that granted by certain EU Member States. Compared to the selected EU Member States as well as to the EU average, Norway granted little state aid for the protection of the environment and energy saving purposes in proportion to its GDP.

The scoreboard is also published on the Authority’s website:

For further information, please contact:

Lena Sandberg-Mørch
Senior Officer
Competition and State Aid Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 69


28 May 2009

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