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State aid information

  • Published 06/04/2016
Important information regarding state aid regulation related to financial support from Nordic Innovation.

De minimis aid – What is it?


Public support awarded to entities pursuing economic activities is defined as state aid and is therefore subject to EU and EEA regulations. According to the European Commission, however, public funding to a single recipient of up to EUR 200 000 over a three-year fiscal period has an insignificant impact on trade and competition, and does not require a specific notification. Aid below this threshold can be given for most purposes, including operating aid, as de minimis aid. Separate rules apply to the agriculture, fisheries and road transport sectors.


In other words, in most cases any single recipient may be granted de minimis aid for economic activities from state resources up to a maximum of EUR 200 000 over a three-year fiscal period.



Economic activity

Economic activity is defined as all activity consisting of the placing of goods and services on a competitive market. Any activity consisting of offering goods and/or services in a given market is an economic activity. In this context, the fact that the activity in question is termed “social” or is carried out by a non-profit operator is not in itself enough to avoid classification as an economic activity.


If a recipient does not conduct economic activity, grants may be awarded without needing further consideration of the state aid rules.


De minimis aid may not be used to supplement awards granted under approved state aid schemes if it leads the recipient to exceed the maximum aid intensities set out in the rules of such schemes.



Grants from Nordic Innovation

Project participants conducting economic activity must be eligible for de minimis aid under Regulation 1407/2013 to receive funding from Nordic Innovation. Funding from Nordic Innovation will be granted as de minimis aid under this regulation.[1]


The application form provides prompts to help you properly consider any impact of state aid rules.


The full text of the De minimis Regulation should be consulted for definitive guidance.[2]



For further information, please contact:

Haukur Stefansson, senior administration adviser

Mobile: +47 930 55 131



Elisabeth C. Smith, innovation adviser

Mobile: +47 977 47 082



[1] Commission Regulation (EC) No 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid, published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 352/1 on 24.12.2013. Separate rules apply for undertakings providing services of general economic interest, see COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 360/2012.


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