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State Aid: ESA clears compensation worth NOK 8bn to Hurtigruten and Havila

16.8.2018

PR(18)22

EN | NO  

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) greenlights the new Coastal Route Agreements in Norway. Following a competitive tender for the operation of regular sailings between Bergen and Kirkenes, there is no state aid involved in the agreements.

Coastal-Agreement-2018The agreements apply as from 1 January 2021, have a duration of 10 years and entail total government payments of around NOK 8 billion.

“Norway has followed up on ESA's recommendation. By opening the market to genuine competition, the Government now gets more for its money”, says ESA President Bente Angell-Hansen.

In March 2017, ESA approved state aid inherent in the current Coastal Route Agreement, but encouraged Norway to facilitate more competition. Norwegian authorities split the new tender competition into three smaller packages and awarded contracts to two transport companies. In addition to Hurtigruten sailing the coastal route as of 2021, the Norwegian entity Havila also enters the route.

According to the new agreements, the Norwegian Government will compensate Hurtigruten for sailing seven ships and Havila for sailing four. The entities will be compensated to perform daily sailings from Bergen to Kirkenes throughout the year with calls at 34 ports. 

The EEA Agreement permits public service compensation for services of general economic interest not provided by the market – such as the Bergen-Kirkenes coastal route.

A non-confidential version of today's decision can be found her.

For further information, please contact:

Ms Ásta Sigrún Magnúsdóttir
Acting Head of Communications
tel. +32 2 286 18 78
mob. +32 490 57 63 59




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