Factsheet for case NO-2020-29/1229 – Updated – measures in Norway
|Country||Norway , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 13 July 2020 – 15 September 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound|
|Case created||02 October 2020 (updated 11 January 2021)|
The ski resorts in Norway were hit hard by the strict infection control measures introduced in March 2020. Ski resorts and amusement parks did not get maintenance costs covered by the government´s general compensation scheme, hence the government introduced a scheme of NOK 250 million (€23.3 million) to ensure that the facilities in the tourist industry receive money to carry out statutory maintenance. Companies with an operating license under the Amusement and / or Cable Car Act have costs associated with statutory maintenance that cannot be scaled down in the short term, and the government therefore regards charity costs as fixed, unavoidable costs for these companies. There are just over 300 commercial amusement park and cable car companies in Norway. The aim is to make the ski resorts and amusement parks ready to receive guests again next season.
The scheme of NOK 250 million (€23.3 million) to ensure that the facilities in the tourism industry receive money to carry out statutory maintenance will be managed by Innovation Norway. Innovation Norway is a Norwegian hybrid state-owned company established by law in 2003 with the aim of increasing innovation, growth and export for Norwegian businesses through capital and expertise. Innovation Norway manages funds for ministries and counties.
Applicants for the scheme must have an operating license in accordance with the amusement park or the cable car law and have received support from the general compensation scheme. The scheme includes statutory maintenance of ski resorts and, among other things, water slides, ziplines, simulators and bouncy castles in companies that have had a large drop in turnover. The scheme applies to companies that had a large drop in turnover in March, April and May, which are the months with the strictest infection control measures. Application must be delivered before 15 September 2020.
NOK 250 million (€23,7 million) was allocated to the scheme. Innovation Norway received 82 applications and has granted grants of just over ten million kroner for the maintenance of ski lifts and just over six million for amusement parks. The total sum granted is thus NOK 16 million of the limit of NOK 250 million.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Public support service providers
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners have been consulted regularly during design and implementation of the measure.
The social partners are supportive of the measure.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|H - Transportation And Storage||H49 Land transport and transport via pipelines|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Maintenance of ski resorts and amusement parks, case NO-2020-29/1229 (measures in Norway), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.