The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to the Norwegian support scheme for cultural events due to the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian support scheme for cultural events*

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a scheme to cover losses due to cancellation or postponement of events.

Norway notified ESA on 14 December of changes to the scheme to compensate operators active in the organisation of cultural events that have suffered losses from the cancellation or postponement of events as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Under the amended scheme, organisers can apply for compensation for events that were scheduled to be held between 1 September and 31 December. Whereas the scheme previously only covered losses for the cancellation or postponement of events due to national containment measures, it now also covers losses as a result of public measures introduced locally.

The original scheme to compensate event organisers for their losses was first approved by ESA in April 2020. ESA approved renewal and amendments of the scheme on 16 July 2020 and again on 4 November.

Today’s decision also approves an increase in the culture scheme’s budget, from NOK 200 million (EUR 18.1m) to NOK 346m (EUR 32.5m). The budget for the culture scheme since the outbreak of the pandemic now totals NOK 2.02 billion (EUR 190m).

You can read ESA’s decision on the compensation scheme for the culture sector here.

*This is the original title of the press release. The title above has been amended in order to match the e-Competitions format. Individual authors are welcome to provide original independent commentaries on the case law. Articles are subject to approval by the Board of e-Competitions Bulletin before publication based on the Editorial Policy (click here).

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EFTA Surveillance Authority, The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to the Norwegian support scheme for cultural events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 14 December 2020, e-Competitions December 2020, Art. N° 98367

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