The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a financial aid to the Norwegian voluntary sector

COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves financial aid to Norwegian voluntary sector*

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an aid scheme that will compensate voluntary organisations for lost income and increased costs arising from COVID-19 containment measures.

Norway continues to enforce restrictive measures in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Events and activities across the country have been cancelled, postponed or downscaled. As a consequence, voluntary organisations have experienced significant losses in 2020 and expect losses to continue during 2021.

Voluntary organisations can apply for direct grants, which may cover lost income resulting from the downscaling or cancellation of events, or costs related to the adaptation of existing activities and events and the development of new activities and events in compliance with COVID-19 related restrictions.

The scheme is approved in line with the European Commission’s Temporary Framework for state aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak. The aid will be granted by the Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority.

Related decisions by ESA

ESA on 3 April 2020 approved a Norwegian aid scheme to cover losses for cancelled or postponed events in the voluntary, culture and sports sector. This scheme was amended and prolonged 16 July 2020 and on 14 October 2020. The previous support scheme for the sports and voluntary sector expired 31 December 2020.

ESA’s decision can be found 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 a financial aid to the Norwegian voluntary sector, 19 March 2021, e-Competitions February 2021, Art. N° 99760

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