Press Releases

PR(09)90: The Authority publishes final report on animal welfare on farms in Norway – overall impression positive - 14.12.2009

The Authority carried out a planned mission to Norway from 7 to 11 September 2009 concerning the application of European Economic Area (EEA) legislation related to animal welfare on farms. Read more

PR(09)89: Iceland fails to fully implement the Financial Conglomerates Directive - 9.12.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority today delivered a reasoned opinion to Iceland due to its failure to fully implement the Financial Conglomerates Directive 2002/87/EC.

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PR(09)71: Liechtenstein has eliminated a form of discrimination against part-time workers residing outside of the country with regard to their retirement pension - 23.10.2009

Liechtenstein has reversed the situation of all such workers who have been the victim of the discriminatory regime that has existed since 2001. Read more

PR(09)70: The Authority adopts new Guidelines on state aid to ship management companies - 14.10.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today adopted new guidelines on state aid to ship management companies.

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PR(09)69: Iceland fails to incorporate EEA legislation in the field of telecommunications - 14.10.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to deliver a reasoned opinion to Iceland for its failure to make Regulation 460/2004 part of the Icelandic legal order.

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PR(09)68: Norway fails to implement a provision on aerosol dispensers laid down in Directive on quantities for prepacked products - 14.10.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to deliver a reasoned opinion to Norway for failure to implement a provision on aerosol dispensers as laid down in the Directive on nominal quantities for prepacked products.[1] Read more

PR(09)67: The Authority concludes state aid investigation concerning the establishment of Mesta AS - 7.10.2009

The Authority today closed the formal investigation procedure opened on the basis of a complaint on 18 July 2007 in respect of the establishment of Mesta AS.

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PR(09)66: Iceland fails to incorporate rules relating to the single European sky - 23.9.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to deliver a reasoned opinion to Iceland for failure to incorporate a Regulation relating to the single European sky.

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PR(09)65: Norwegian scheme on tax deductions for certain cooperatives incompatible with the EEA Agreement - 23.7.2009

Today, the Authority has closed its investigation of a Norwegian proposal to introduce a special tax deduction for certain cooperatives. Read more

PR(09)64: No aid granted in connection with the sale of properties in Time-Bryne FK - 23.7.2009

Today, the Authority has closed its investigation regarding the sale of various properties by the Municipality of Time in Norway. The Authority concluded that no aid was involved in any of the transactions.

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PR(09)63: A proposed exemption from the Norwegian CO2 tax on the use of natural gas and LPG is not compatible with the EEA Agreement - 23.7.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority today concluded, after a formal investigation, that a proposed exemption from the Norwegian CO2 tax for the use of natural gas and LPG for all purposes other than the heating of buildings, is not in line with the EEA competition rules. Read more

PR(09)62: Tax measures concerning the construction of an aluminium plant at Helguvík approved by the Authority - 23.7.2009

The Authority today decided not to raise objections to aid measures which the Icelandic authorities intend to grant in respect of a planned aluminium smelter at Helguvík, Iceland. Read more

PR(09)61: Internal Market Scoreboard No 24 – Considerably improved performance by all three EEA EFTA States - 16.7.2009

The Scoreboard, which is published in parallel with the Internal Market Scoreboard of the European Commission, shows that the average transposition deficit of the EEA EFTA States has decreased to an excellent 0.7%.

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PR(09)60: Green light to the Norwegian scheme on support for alternative, renewable heating and electricity savings in private households - 15.7.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today concluded that the Norwegian scheme on support for alternative, renewable heating and electricity savings in private households can be considered as compatible state aid. Read more

PR(09)59: Provisions of Icelandic Harbour Act in breach of the EEA Agreement. - 15.7.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority concluded today, after a formal investigation, that certain amendments to the Icelandic Harbour Act passed in 2003 and in 2007 breach EEA competition rules and represent incompatible state aid.

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PR(09)58: Norway fails to incorporate a regulation on animal nutrition - 15.7.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to deliver a reasoned opinion to Norway for failure to fully incorporate a regulation on animal nutrition.[1]  Read more

PR(09)57: Iceland fails to incorporate rules relating to maritime security inspections - 15.7.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to deliver a reasoned opinion to Iceland for failure to incorporate a Regulation relating to maritime security inspections. Read more

PR(09)56: The Authority requests Norway to ease restrictions on personal watercrafts (vannscootere) - 15.7.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today issued a warning to Norway concerning its prohibition on the use of personal watercrafts. Read more

PR(09)54: The Authority closes the case concerning Norwegian base tax on non-refillable beverage packaging - 15.7.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today decided to close the case against Norway concerning the levying of a base tax on non-refillable beverage packaging. Read more

PR(09)53: Iceland asked to amend rules on unlimited state guarantees to the National Power Company (Landsvirkjun) and Reykjavík Energy (Orkuveita Reykjavíkur) - 8.7.2009

Today, the Authority has decided to propose to Iceland that it should take the appropriate measures to eliminate any state aid resulting from the unlimited state guarantees enjoyed by two publicly owned electricity utilities in Iceland; Landsvirkjun and Orkuveita Reykjavíkur. Read more

PR(09)52: No state aid in power contract entered into by the Municipality of Notodden - 8.7.2009

The Authority has today concluded that no state aid was involved in the sale of electric power by the Municipality of Notodden to the aluminum foil producer Becromal Norway AS. The conclusion is based on examination of price statistics relating to the contracts in question. Read more

PR(09)51: Icelandic maritime transport schemes found to be incompatible with the EEA Agreement - 8.7.2009

The Authority has today closed its investigation into two schemes, a tonnage tax scheme and a refund scheme for the employment of seafarers, which had been notified by Iceland in the field of maritime transport. The Authority concluded that both schemes entail state aid measures which are incompatible with the EEA Agreement.

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PR(09)50: The Authority asks Norway to modify the financing system of NRK - 8.7.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority today requested that Norway amend the financing regime of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). This request is based on a finding that the current financing system, mainly in the form of licence fee funding, is not in line with the EEA state aid rules. Read more

PR(09)49: The Norwegian Aviation College in Bardufoss received unlawful State aid - 1.7.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today found that the direct grant of NOK 4,5 million from the Norwegian State budget and a loan guarantee by Troms County, both in favour of Norwegian Aviation College (NAC) in Bardufoss, Norway, constituted unlawful state aid within the meaning of Article 61(1) of the EEA Agreement. Read more

PR(09)48: The Authority approves prolongation of Norwegian audiovisual support schemes until 31 December 2009 - 1.7.2009

The Authority has today approved the prolongation of two Norwegian support schemes for audiovisual production, until 31 December 2009. Read more

PR(09)47: Iceland fails to incorporate rules in the field of social security - 1.7.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority decided today to deliver a reasoned opinion to Iceland for failure to incorporate a Regulation concerning amendments to the system of coordination of social security schemes[1]that should have been incorporated into the internal legal order of Iceland by 8 November 2008. Read more

PR(09)46: Norway fails to incorporate Community regulation concerning the funding of the European Maritime Safety Agency - 1.7.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to deliver reasoned opinion to Norway for failure to incorporate Regulation (EC) No 1891/2006 on multiannual funding for the action of the European Maritime Safety Agency.[1] Read more

PR(09)45: The Authority brings Liechtenstein before the EFTA Court for failure to implement the Cross-border Mergers Directive - 17.6.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority today decided to bring a case before the EFTA Court regarding Liechtenstein's failure to implement the so called Cross-border Mergers Directive[1]. Read more

PR(09)44: Xavier Lewis appointed as new director of Legal Affairs Directorate - 12.6.2009

The Authority has appointed Mr. Xavier Lewis as new director of its Legal and Executive Affairs Directorate.

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