The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the prolongation of a Norwegian State aid scheme for sporting events of national importance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of Norwegian aid scheme for sporting events of national importance*

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation until 31 October 2021 of a scheme providing support to sporting events affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

On 22 March 2021, ESA approved an aid scheme providing financial support to voluntary organisations that run sporting events considered to be of national importance. This includes senior-level games, national championships, and certain international competitions.

The scheme was set to expire on 30 June 2021. However, pandemic-related restrictions limiting attendance at sporting events are expected to remain in place until late summer or early autumn, meaning the sports sector will continue to be negatively affected.

Today’s decision prolongs the duration of the scheme until 31 October 2021. It also approves a budget increase of NOK 270 million (EUR 26.5 million), bringing the scheme’s total estimated budget to NOK 620 million (EUR 60.9 million).

The scheme was approved in line with the European Commission’s Temporary Framework for state aid measures to support the economy during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

*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 the prolongation of a Norwegian State aid scheme for sporting events of national importance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, 16 June 2021, e-Competitions June 2021, Art. N° 101184

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