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

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 Norway, which cover losses resulting from cancellation and postponement of events.

Events all across Norway have been cancelled, partially cancelled or postponed because of public recommendations and decisions relating to the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result of this, event organisers and voluntary organisations have lost significant income. In April 2020, ESA approved a scheme proposed by the Norwegian government, which allowed these organisers to be compensated for their losses.

The approved amendments incorporate a broader scope of activities than before. Compensation is now (for example) available for non-profit museums, aquariums and sports facilities that have been affected by the outbreak. The amendments also add subcontractors of cultural events (such as light and sound engineers at music events) as possible beneficiaries of compensation. The prolonged schemes will cover eligible losses until 31. August 2020.

The schemes were notified by Norway on 14 and 15 July. Here you can read ESA’s decisions:

*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 greenlights amendments and prolongation of Norwegian schemes compensating losses for sport, voluntary and cultural events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 16 July 2020, e-Competitions July 2020, Art. N° 96337

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