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Factsheet for measure NO-2021-49/2807 – measures in Norway
|Country||Norway , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 December 2021 – 31 March 2023|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Responses to inflation
– Support for energy bills
|Author||Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound|
|Measure added||07 September 2022 (updated 12 September 2022)|
As a result of increased energy prices in the autumn 2021, the Norwegian government introduced a temporary electricity support scheme for households that compensate for extraordinarily high expenses for electricity consumption (see Case NO-2021-49/2321 ). In February 2022, a corresponding temporary scheme was established for sports teams and voluntary organisations with application for the period 1 December 2021 to 31 March 2022. On 1 April 2022, the government extended the scheme until March 2023. The government argued that for many sports teams and voluntary organisations, increased participation fees or reduced activity were the only way to increase income. To keep sport activities at present level, and to prevent participation fees to increase, the government introduced the support scheme.
The scheme for electricity support for sports teams and voluntary organisations is based on the same model as the electricity benefit scheme for households. The first part of the support scheme was introduced in February 2022, for the period 1 December 2021 to 31 March 2022. The grant was distributed to municipalities that had an average electricity price in December above NOK 0.7 (€0.07) per kWh. The municipalities were obliged to distribute the subsidy on to local teams and associations that experienced higher expenses as a result of the extraordinary electricity prices. The degree of compensation was set at the same level as the electricity allowance scheme for households, 55% of the electricity price above a threshold value of NOK 0.7 (€0.07) per kWh for December 2021 and 80% of the electricity price above a threshold value of NOK 0.7 (€0.07) per kWh for January–March 2022.
In April 2022 the scheme was extended until March 2023, and the government adopted new regulations for the distribution of the subsidy. In the period April 2022–March 2023, the grant scheme is managed by the Norwegian Lotteries and Foundations Authority. The organizations that qualify for grants can expect to receive support corresponding to 80% of electricity costs above NOK 0.7 (€0.07) per kWh based on the average price that month.
The following organizations are eligible to apply:
Exempted from the scheme are non-profit organizations that deliver services on behalf of the public, like nurseries, childcare, schools, care homes and other health services.
The parliament has decided to allocate a total of NOK 480 million (€48 million) to the temporary subsidy scheme for voluntary organizations for the period until 31 March 2023.
|Does not apply to workers||
||Does not apply to citizens|
Local / regional government
Public support service providers
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners involvement is unknown. The measure is not in the social partner domain.
No information on social partners' views.
Eurofound (2022), Electricity support scheme for sports teams and voluntary organisations, measure NO-2021-49/2807 (measures in Norway), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NO-2021-49_2807.html
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