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State Aid: ESA authorises aid to modernise rail traffic management




Today, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) approved an investment aid scheme for a European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) in Norway.

ERTMS is a common interoperable system for rail traffic management in Europe. Compared to the automatic train control system currently in place in Norway, it reduces disturbances and maintenance costs.

Norwegian authorities have decided that all rail vehicles on the Norwegian network will have to be fitted with ERTMS equipment. This is a costly investment; the authorities have therefore concluded that aid is needed to ensure that the rail vehicle owners continue their operations. The aid is limited to a maximum of 50% of the eligible costs.

The aid will take the form of direct grants. The budget of the scheme is NOK 1 331 million (which amounts to approximately EUR 138 million).

ESA has concluded that the scheme is compatible with the state aid rules of the EEA Agreement and ESA's guidelines on state aid to railway undertakings.



For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187


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