The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a Norwegian compensation scheme for organisers of canceled or downscaled cultural events in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian compensation scheme for organisers of cancelled or downscaled cultural events*

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a Norwegian scheme to compensate organisers and subcontractors for losses related to cancelled or downscaled cultural events in the period 1 January to 30 June 2021.

Events across Norway have since March 2020 been cancelled or downscaled due to public safety measures put in place to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is expected to continue until the summer. As a result, event organisers and subcontractors are experiencing significant financial losses.

The approved scheme will, through direct grants, compensate eligible organisers for unavoidable costs related to ticketed cultural events that are cancelled or downscaled. The event must be scheduled for the period 1 January to 30 June 2021, and planned no later than 15 days in advance.

The approved scheme will also, through direct grants, compensate eligible subcontractors for loss of income and additional costs related to cancelled or downscaled events. To be eligible, subcontractors must suffer a loss of turnover of at least 30% during the relevant compensation period.

The scheme has a budget of NOK 414 million (EUR 41.4 million). The scheme will be administered by the Art Council Norway.

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.

*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 a Norwegian compensation scheme for organisers of canceled or downscaled cultural events in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, 26 May 2021, e-Competitions May 2021, Art. N° 100947

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