The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the prolonging of support for large public events in Norway

COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolonging support for large public events in Norway*

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation and amendments of a scheme offering compensation to organisers of large public events that must be downscaled or cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Since March 2020, a series of measures have been taken in order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, including the cancellation or downscaling of large public gatherings. This has put organisers of large events in a precarious financial situation.

On 17 December 2020, ESA approved a scheme offering compensation to organisers of events planned for at least 350 participants that suffered losses from 5 March to 31 December 2020 as a result of the cancellation or downscaling to 200 participants or less.

The Norwegian authorities on 25 March 2021 introduced further measures that led to the cancellation of all events with more than 50 participants. As a result of the measures, organisers of large public events have lost a significant share of their income. Many have also incurred additional costs due to the need to be compliant with the containment measures.

The scheme is now been now prolonged with a compensation period from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021.

To qualify for support under the new compensation period, events must have been planned prior to 1 January 2021 and been cancelled or downscaled to comply with the government restrictions. The scheme has a budget of NOK 260 million (EUR 25m) for the new compensation period, and will be administered by Innovation Norway, a state-owned company contributing to business innovation and increasing competitiveness in Norway.

*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 prolonging of support for large public events in Norway, 10 May 2021, e-Competitions Competition Law & Covid-19, Art. N° 100764

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