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Factsheet for case NO-2020-16/799 Updated – measures in Norway

Support for agriculture and agricultural industries

Utvidet støtte til landbruk og landbruksbaserte næringer

Country Norway , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 17 April 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 27 April 2020 (updated 06 August 2020)

Background information

In order to limit the damage caused by Covid-19 for companies linked to agriculture, Innovation Norway will expand the framework for support for investment, business development and growth. The implemented measures are particularly aimed at companies that have seen shrinking market and revenue as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and companies with investment projects that have experienced significant cost increases as a result of the fall in the Norwegian currency exchange rate.

Content of measure

Many companies selling local food, agriculture-related tourism, and companies in the reindeer industry are now experiencing a shrinking market and loss of income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. For this group, two new grant schemes are now being introduced. One scheme gives companies opportunity to apply for funding of pre-projects to clarify, for example, new market opportunities. Such pre-projects can be supported with up to 100 per cent of approved costs, limited up to NOK 150,000. The second scheme allows companies to apply for grants to carry out developing projects. Such projects can be supported with up to 75 per cent for development costs and up to 50 per cent for physical investments needed to complete the project.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

09 June 2020

The 9 June 2020, the government gave a new temporary regulation on grants to maintain logging activity in forestry in 2020. Funding of NOK 50 million was approved by the parliament 19 June 2020.

Use of measure

No information to date.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Sector specific set of companies
Other businesses
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
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:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level


Organisations at industry level were invited to give comments on the measures before it was applied.

Views and reactions

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

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing A1 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2020), Support for agriculture and agricultural industries, case NO-2020-16/799 (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.