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Factsheet for case NO-2020-10/1658 – measures in Norway

Support scheme for large open events

Støtteordning for store publikumsåpne arrangementer

Country Norway , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 05 March 2020 – 31 December 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
Author Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound
Case created 05 January 2021 (updated 13 January 2021)

Background information

The event industry has been hit hard by the corona pandemic, and strict infection control measures have made it impossible to carry out the largest events. To facilitate resumed activity in the event industry as soon as the contagion situation allows, the parliament has adopted a support scheme that apply to public events that should have been arranged between 5 March and 31 December 2020 with an expected number of visitors of at least 350 people and which are of regional or national value.

Content of measure

The support scheme applies to events that should have been held in the period 5 March - 31 December 2020, and which have been canceled as a result of government orders in connection with COVID-19. The scheme is limited to public events of national or regional value, with an expected number of visitors of at least 350 participants. The target group are organisers and co-organisers of large open events outside the culture and sports sector. The scheme will cover 60% of the actual deficit related to the event. The support is paid as a grant, where 20% of the grant is given on condition that a similar event is held in the future. The scheme is managed by Innovation Norway. It is application-based without any right of appeal.

NOK 350 million (€33,4 million) has been allocated to the scheme. If necessary, government will consider to increase the allocation.

Use of measure

No information available at this time.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public support service providers
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


Social partners have been consulted regularly during design and implementation of the measure.

Views and reactions

The social partners are supportive of the measure.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      N - Administrative And Support Service Activities N82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2021), Support scheme for large open events, case NO-2020-10/1658 (measures in Norway), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.