Groups

In this context, “group” means a parent company and one or more subsidiaries. An enterprise is considered to be a parent company when the shares or holdings that it owns in another enterprise represents more than 50 percent of the votes in the other enterprise. The other enterprise is then considered to be a subsidiary.

An enterprise in which a subsidiary, either individually or jointly with the parent company and/or one or more other subsidiaries, owns shares or holdings which collectively represent more than 50 percent of the votes in the enterprise is also considered to be a subsidiary.

The group must designate an enterprise that will be responsible for providing information on the group’s ownership structure and other information submitted by the group. A contact person must be appointed within the responsible enterprise.

Enterprises that are part of a group can apply either separately or jointly. In the application, the enterprise must state that it is part of a group and specify the enterprise in the group that is responsible. All applications from enterprises in the group must state the same responsible enterprise.

Consolidated group applications

A group may choose to submit a collective application as if the group were a single enterprise. In the case of such applications, the group’s added costs must be based on a consolidated statement for the enterprises that are covered by the group application. The requirements to operate lawfully, to not be the subject of bankruptcy proceedings, to have paid taxes, charges and withholding tax, to have submitted tax returns and annual financial statements, to have a bank account which is listed in the banks’ joint account and address register, and not to have any persons who are disqualified from running a business following bankruptcy, must all be met for each of the enterprises in the Norwegian part of the group that is covered by the application.

If, during the period after 1 November 2020, it is confirmed through a decision that one or more of the enterprises covered by the group application have committed serious breaches of the infection control regulations or the Working Environment Act, the entitlement to grants for some or all of the application periods may lapse. The enterprise that applies on behalf of the group will be responsible for the information that is given in the application. The enterprise must obtain the consent of all the enterprises covered by the group application. Consent may be given by persons who are eligible to apply for support on behalf of the enterprise.

The maximum amounts and the rule that the grant cannot exceed the enterprise’s added costs for quarantine will apply correspondingly as if the group were a single enterprise.

The responsible enterprise must retain the documentation that forms the basis for the application.