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PR(08)07: The Authority authorises Norwegian aid scheme for the space industry


Today, the Authority has decided to accept a notified state aid scheme for companies in the Norwegian space sector.

The Norwegian Space Centre support scheme is aimed at increasing research and development undertaken by companies in the space sector. The Authority has assessed the scheme on the basis of the Authority’s Guidelines on state aid for research and development and innovation, and has concluded that the scheme is in line with these Guidelines.

The scheme is authorised for the period until 2013. The budget of the scheme is of NOK 37 million (approximately EUR 4.6 million) for 2007. The annual budget is subject to parliamentary budget procedures.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Amund Utne
Director, Competition & State Aid Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 50, or

Ms. Marie Wiersholm
Officer, Competition & State Aid Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 65

13 February 2008

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