EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)

EFTA Surveillance Authority

EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) monitors compliance with European Economic Area (EEA) rules in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, enabling them to participate in the European Internal Market. In 1994, the people of Iceland and Norway joined their European neighbours to establish a European Economic Area (EEA). Liechtenstein joined the following year. The EEA has been the foundation for social and economic progress. Working together, the EEA States have been able to improve people’s lives by raising standards for social protection, the environment and health, and opening up new opportunities to travel, work, study, and live throughout the EEA. Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, together with the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) and the EFTA Court, have developed the EFTA pillar of the EEA. Through their ideas and values, they have shaped this pillar over the past 25 years. In that time, the EEA generation has grown up with a wealth of opportunity, and in an environment in which the benefits of the EEA can be seen and felt in everyday life.

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22803 Bulletin

EFTA Surveillance Authority, European Competition Network Brief The EFTA Surveillance Authority and the European Competition Network issue a joint statement on the application of competition rules in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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Joint statement from the European Competition Network on applying competition law in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine* Today the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA), the European Commission, and the EU/EEA national competition authorities issued a joint statement providing clarity (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves an aid scheme for Icelandic businesses that have suffered losses due to restrictions in opening hours in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves aid scheme for Icelandic businesses that have suffered losses due to restrictions in opening hours* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an Icelandic scheme offering direct grants to companies in the restaurant sector for income losses due to (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a €5.4 million in compensation to a Norwegian indoor arena for financial losses caused by COVID-19 related restrictions (Trondheim Spektrum)

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COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves compensation to Trondheim Spektrum AS* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved NOK 5.4 million (EUR 540 000) in compensation to Trondheim Spektrum AS for financial losses caused by COVID-19 related restrictions. Trondheim Spektrum is a (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a continued and increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves continued and increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a renewal of and amendments to a Norwegian scheme to compensate operators of long-distance bus and passenger boat (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolongation of a Norwegian compensation scheme for cancelled and downscaled cultural events in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation to Norwegian compensation scheme for cancelled and downscaled cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of a Norwegian scheme providing compensation for losses related to cancelled or downscaled (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority concludes that no State aid was provided to two of Iceland’s state-owned banks (Landsbankinn / Íslandsbanki)

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ESA concludes no state aid was provided to Iceland’s Landsbankinn and Íslandsbanki* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today closed a complaint case brought by Arion Banki, a privately owned bank, in which it alleged that Iceland’s two state-owned banks – Landsbankinn and Íslandsbanki – (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to the Norwegian compensation scheme for organizers of canceled or downscaled cultural events due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian compensation scheme for organisers of cancelled or downscaled cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the renewal of a Norwegian scheme to compensate organisers and subcontractors for losses related to (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to a Norwegian compensation scheme for businesses suffering financial losses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian compensation scheme for businesses suffering financial losses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved changes to a Norwegian support scheme for businesses seeking compensation for COVID-19-related financial difficulties. (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway until the end of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway until the end of 2021* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the renewal of a support scheme to compensate losses incurred by operators of long-distance bus and (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the prolongation of a Norwegian State aid scheme for sporting events of national importance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of Norwegian aid scheme for sporting events of national importance* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation until 31 October 2021 of a scheme providing support to sporting events affected by the ongoing COVID-19 (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a Norwegian compensation scheme for organisers of canceled or downscaled cultural events in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian compensation scheme for organisers of cancelled or downscaled cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a Norwegian scheme to compensate organisers and subcontractors for losses related to cancelled or downscaled (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the prolongation and amendments brought to two Norwegian aid schemes that provide support to event organizers facing continued financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation and amendments to financial aid schemes for organisers of events in the sporting and voluntary sectors in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation and amendments to two Norwegian aid schemes that provide (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves renewing temporary amendments to Norway’s seafarer tax refund scheme in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewing temporary amendments to Norway’s seafarer tax refund scheme* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a renewal of temporary amendments to a Norwegian aid scheme that grants tax and social security contribution refunds. The refunds are (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority reports on the increased State aid spending on research, development, and innovation in Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway

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Annual Scoreboard: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway increase state aid spending on research, development and innovation* The EEA EFTA States have increased their combined spending on state aid, according to the EFTA Surveillance Authority’s (ESA) latest annual State Aid Scoreboard. The (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves continued and increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves continued and increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of a scheme to compensate losses incurred by operators of long-distance bus and passenger boat (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the granting of a state-aid to a cultural venue aiming to compensate for damages suffered as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic (Harpa)

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COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves ISK 400m compensation to Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved state aid for Harpa aiming to compensate for damages suffered as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had serious (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to a compensation scheme for bus and passenger boat services in Norway due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to a compensation scheme for bus and passenger boat services in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments making it easier for eligible bus and boat service operators to access funding. On 20 July 2020, ESA approved (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolongation of Norwegian guarantee scheme that ensures access to liquidity for companies due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of Norwegian support to businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a guarantee scheme in Norway that ensures access to liquidity for companies, including a prolongation of the scheme. On 26 March 2020, ESA (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolongation of Norwegian assistance to regions in the form of regionally differentiated social security contributions

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ESA approves prolongation of Norwegian assistance to regions* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today decided to approve a prolongation of regionally differentiated social security contributions in Norway. Since 1975, social security contributions have been regionally differentiated (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian State aid to cancelled Offshore Northern Seas conference and fair due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Offshore Northern Seas Foundation)

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COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves state aid to cancelled Offshore Northern Seas conference and fair* The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today approved state aid for the Offshore Northern Seas Foundation’s (ONS) 2020 conference, which was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves renewal of Norwegian support to event organizers in the sports and voluntary sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewal of support to event organisers in the sports and voluntary sector* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved renewal and amendments of a scheme to cover losses following cancellation and postponement of events. Events across Norway have (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority prolongs its recommendation for quicker conformity assessments regarding personal protective equipment and proposes derogations from standard market-approval procedures for medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic

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ESA prolongs a recommendation to prevent delays and ease market access for protective equipment and medical gear* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today decided to amend and prolong its Recommendation on conformity assessment and market surveillance procedures , in order to continue (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the prolongation of Norway’s financing for the flagship carbon capture testing facility (Technology Centre Mongstad)

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State Aid: ESA approves financing prolongation for Mongstad CCS Project* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of Norway’s financing for the flagship carbon capture testing facility established in Mongstad (the TCM). The TCM will receive financing for a further (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the largest single State aid award it has ever approved by allowing the Norwegian Carbon Capture and Storage project

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ESA approves Norwegian Full-Scale Carbon Capture and Storage: up to €2.1bn in aid to meet climate goals* The CCS Full-Scale project is a central part of Norway’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and meet the European goal of climate-neutrality by 2050. It is the largest single state aid (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority greenlights amendments and prolongation of Norwegian schemes compensating losses for sport, voluntary and cultural events due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA greenlights amendments and prolongation of schemes compensating losses for sport, voluntary and cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has approved amendments and prolongation of two schemes for organisers in the culture, sports and voluntary sector in (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority fines a telecom EUR 111 million for abuse of dominance in the Norwegian market for residential mobile broadband services on tablets and laptops (Telenor)

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ESA fines Telenor EUR 112 million for anticompetitive practices* Following an in-depth investigation, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) concludes that Telenor abused its market dominance by a pricing strategy that resulted in rivals making a loss when selling residential mobile broadband (...)

EFTA Surveillance Authority The EFTA Surveillance Authority investigates members of the Norwegian banking sector for suspected breaches of competition rules (DNB / Nordea / Finance Norway / BankID)

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ESA investigates DNB, Nordea, Finance Norway and BankID* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has opened proceedings against DNB, Nordea, Finance Norway and BankID for suspected breaches of the competition rules in the EEA Agreement. Bits, a related organisation to Finance Norway, will also (...)

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