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EFTA Surveillance Authority approves state aid for ERTMS in Norway

EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) approved an investment aid scheme for a European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) in Norway.

Norwegian authorities have decided that all rail vehicles on the Norwegian network will have to be fitted with ERTMS equipment. Authorities concluded that state aid is needed to ensure that the rail vehicle owners continue their operations. The aid is limited to a maximum of 50% of the eligible costs.

The aid will take the form of direct grants. The budget of the scheme is NOK 1 331 million (which amounts to approximately EUR 138 million).

ESA has concluded that the scheme is compatible with the state aid rules of the EEA Agreement and ESA’s guidelines on state aid to railway undertakings.

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