Norwegian energy recovery grants challenged

Efta surveillance authority questions proposed scheme's compatibility with EU state aid rules

The Efta surveillance authority - responsible for enforcing EU competition rules in associated countries - has announced a formal investigation into proposed Norwegian grants for waste incinerators who recover and deliver energy. The plan was proposed early this year, to come into force next July (EED 27/02/03).

Based on an initial assessment, the authority believes the grants do not comply with EU rules on state aid for environmental protection, or specifically in this case on operating aid for renewable energy production. It will make a final decision after receiving comments from the Norwegian authorities and other interested parties.

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