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State Aid: ESA approves new NOx tax exemption scheme in Norway




Today, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has approved a prolongation of the NOx tax exemption scheme in Norway worth some NOK 14 billion (approx. EUR 1.4 billion).

NOx-tax-exemption"The objective of the scheme is to reduce the Nitrogen Oxide emissions in Norway and the environmental damage caused by NOx", says ESA President Bente Angell-Hansen.

Norwegian authorities have entered into a new environmental agreement with 15 business organisations for the period 2018-2025, giving the undertakings represented there an exemption from Norway´s NOx tax under certain conditions.

Norway introduced the NOx tax in 2007 to reduce national emissions in line with the country´s international commitments. The environmental agreement allows undertakings to obtain a full exemption from NOx taxes, provided they commit to collectively reduce the total NOx emissions substantially.

Norway notified the scheme to ESA in December 2017 for the period 2018-2025. ESA has approved similar exemption schemes twice before, for the periods 2008-2010 and 2011-2017 and concludes again today (LINK) that the scheme fulfils the EEA state aid requirements.

For further information, please contact:

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

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