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PR(07)41: EFTA Surveillance Authority authorises prolongation of reduced electricity tax for the regions of Finnmark and North Troms (Norway)

10.10.2007

Today, the EFTA Surveillance Authority has authorised the prolongation of the Norwegian reduced electricity tax for the regions of Finnmark and North Troms. The reduced electricity tax in these regions has previously been authorised by the Authority in a decision dated 30 June 2004 (149/04/COL) until 31 December 2006.

The levy of an electricity tax should provide an incentive for undertakings to curb electricity consumption and to switch to more environmentally friendly alternatives. As undertakings in the above mentioned regions find it difficult to adapt to higher taxation, Norway notified a prolongation of the formerly authorised electricity tax reduction. The Authority authorised this measure, as undertakings in these regions still pay more than the minimum electricity tax as provided for by the Energy Taxation Directive 2003/96/EC, thereby still having an incentive to curb their electricity consumption. The reduction of the electricity tax has been authorised by the Authority until December 2011.


For further information, please contact:

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

Ms. Annette Kliemann
Deputy Director, Competition and State Aid Directorate
Tel (+32)(0)2 286 18 80

10 October 2007




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