State Funding Of Harpa Under Investigation

Published March 20, 2013

The European Free Trade Association’s Surveillance Authority (ESA) has launched an investigation into state financing of the Harpa Concert Hall and Convention Centre. According to an announcement on the ESA’s website the Authority began looking into the State’s funding of Harpa since 2011 after receiving a complaint from an unnamed “interested party.”
The question about the suitability of the Icelandic government funding Harpa revolves around the clear financial separation at the concert hall between running cultural happenings and commercial events, like conferences.
“Aid to promote culture is welcome under the EEA Agreement. Iceland must, however, make sure that such aid is not in fact subsidizing commercial activities, such as the hosting of conferences,” said Oda Helen Sletnes, president of the EFTA Surveillance Authority, in the ESA’s statement on the investigation.
The initial research the ESA has conducted since the original complaint was lodged in 2011 raised enough questions about the possible funding of commercial activities at Harpa with State money to warrant launching the official investigation.
Harpa is jointly owned by the Icelandic State and the City of Reykjavík.



News
“Research Vessel” Possibly Hunting For Treasure Off Iceland’s Coast

“Research Vessel” Possibly Hunting For Treasure Off Iceland’s Coast

by

A foreign ship conducting unauthorised undersea investigations may have been looking for treasure, possibly within sunken ships and submarines from

News
Danish Jets Patrolling Iceland’s Airspace

Danish Jets Patrolling Iceland’s Airspace

by

The Royal Danish Air Force is currently conducting exercises and patrolling airspace in northeast Iceland as a part of the

News
Iceland Lets UN Know: We Are Ready For More Refugees

Iceland Lets UN Know: We Are Ready For More Refugees

by

The Minister of Welfare has taken the Icelandic people’s voice to the United Nations, letting them know the country is

News
Pirates With Most Support Five Months Running

Pirates With Most Support Five Months Running

by

A new Gallup poll shows some record highs – and record lows – for Iceland’s parliamentary parties. Kjarninn reports that

News
But Is It Skyr?

But Is It Skyr?

by

A new “skyr” product is being produced overseas, and its ingredients call into question what defines “skyr”. Vísir reports that

News
Baltasar Kormákur & Ridley Scott Working On EVE Online TV Series

Baltasar Kormákur & Ridley Scott Working On EVE Online TV Series

by

Baltasar’s production company and legendary sci-fi director Ridley Scott are in talks to fund a pilot for a series two

Show Me More!