The Norwegian government has moved to head off possible EU action over a series of green tax exemptions for industry with a denial that these constitute state aid in violation of EU guidelines (EED 24/05/02).
In a letter sent to the Efta surveillance authority yesterday, the finance ministry argues that "a tax obligation limited to particular products or a particular use of these [products] cannot be defined as state support". In July, the surveillance authority launched a formal investigation into Norway's "null tax" policy for industrial electricity consumers, and similar exemptions for taxes on sulphur dioxide (SO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2).
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