The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to the Norwegian aid scheme for voluntary organisations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian aid scheme for voluntary organisations*

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved prolonging support to voluntary organisations experiencing financial challenges as a result of COVID-19-containment measures. The budget is also increased, and the definition of the types of losses that can be compensated has been amended.

On 19 March 2021, ESA approved an aid scheme for the voluntary sector. Through this, voluntary organisations could receive compensation for losses related to the cancellation or downscaling of events, and support in restructuring or developing new activities and events in compliance with COVID-19-restrictions.

Today, ESA approves three amendments to the scheme:

  • Prolongation of the compensation period until 31 October 2021.
  • Budget increased by NOK 400 million (EUR 40 million) to a total of NOK 1.15 billion (EUR 115 million).
  • Adjustments to the definition on which losses can be compensated under category B of the scheme.

The scheme was 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 is granted by the Norwegian Gambling and Foundation Authority.

*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 aid scheme for voluntary organisations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 18 May 2021, e-Competitions June 2021, Art. N° 100913

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