Official Journal of the European Union

C 140/5

Authorisation of State aid pursuant to Article 61 of the EEA Agreement and Article 1(3) in Part I of Protocol 3 to the Surveillance and Court Agreement

EFTA Surveillance Authority decision not to raise objections

(2006/C 140/05)

Date of adoption:

EFTA State: Norway

Aid No: 59033

Title: National direct transport aid scheme

Objective: The objective of the scheme is to offset competitive disadvantages resulting from extra transport costs for firms located in peripheral areas and within sparsely populated regions and thus situated long distances away from their markets

Legal basis: Regulation No 565 of 09.05.2003 on investment grants and delimitation of the geographical area for development funds (Forskrift om investeringstilskot og avgrensing av det geografiske verkeområdet for dei regional- og distriktspolitiske verkemidla), Regulation No 1461 of 24.06.2004 on national transport aid (Forskrift om nasjonal transportstøtte), Proposition to the Storting No 1 (2004-2005) from the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development (the State budget), and National guidelines for transport aid (Nasjonale retningslinjer for transportstøtte)

Budget/Duration: The budget of the scheme is NOK 375 million (approximately EUR 47 million) per year. The duration of the scheme is until 31 December 2006. The authorized amendments will be valuable for 2005 and 2006

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