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State Aid: ESA approves expansion of Norway's seafarer tax refund scheme



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The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today greenlighted an amendment of a Norwegian aid scheme granting tax and social security contributions refunds to shipping companies. The amendment entails an annual increase of the refunds of NOK 80 million (approx. EUR 8.5 million) until 2026.


Under the scheme, shipping companies are granted refunds of taxes and social security contributions paid for EEA seafarers on ships registered in Norway. This way, Norwegian authorities aim to encourage shipping companies to recruit seafarers from Norway or other EEA States.

In April 2016, ESA approved the refund scheme for a duration of 10 years and today's amendment is applicable to deep sea vessels registered in the Norwegian International Ship Register (NIS). Shipping companies that previously received a 26 percent refund of taxes and social security expenses for seafarers on such vessels may now request a full reimbursement.

 For further information, see today's decision or contact:

Ms. Anne Vestbakke
Head of Communications
tel. +32 2 286 18 66
mob. +32 490 57 63 53


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