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 services for losses connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The goal of the scheme is to compensate operators of long-distance bus and boat passenger services in Norway for significant losses in revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and related containment restrictions. The scheme, which aims to ensure the continuity of commercial long-distance bus and passenger boat services, has been renewed for a period from 1 January until 30 June 2022, and the aid ceiling per undertaking has been raised.
ESA has today approved a renewal of the scheme. It has also approved an amendment to increase the amount of aid that each undertaking may receive under the scheme, from NOK 17.9 million (EUR 1.8 million) to NOK 22.9 million (EUR 2.3 million). The scheme’s overall budget remains the same.
Today’s decision is approved in line with the European Commission’s Temporary Framework for state aid measures to support the economy during the COVID-19 outbreak.
ESA’s decision can be found here.