The EFTA Surveillance Authority prolongs and amends 6 sets of state aid guidelines to guarantee legal certainty in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

State Aid: ESA prolongs and amends guidelines*

Today, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has decided to prolong six sets of state aid guidelines that were due to expire at the end of 2020. The decision, which mirrors that taken by the European Commission on 2 July 2020, is designed to guarantee legal certainty in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today’s decision complements the specific aid decisions that ESA has taken in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“Since March, ESA has issued more than twenty urgent decisions approving state aid – from schemes to support businesses struggling with liquidity in the crisis, to travel and tourism, trade, culture and sports, and the media. We are doing all that is within our power to help mitigate the effects of this crisis, also on jobs”,

said Bente Angell-Hansen, President of ESA.

ESA has prolonged the following by three years (to the end of 2023):

A one year prolongation (to the end of 2021) will be made for:

ESA has also made a series of targeted adjustments to reduce the pandemic’s economic impact. The following will be applied to businesses which became, or become, “undertakings in difficulty” between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2021:

You can read ESA’s decision 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 prolongs and amends 6 sets of state aid guidelines to guarantee legal certainty in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, 15 July 2020, e-Competitions July 2020, Art. N° 96457

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