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Iceland must lift restrictions on imports of fresh meat

ESA: Iceland must comply with the judgement of the EFTA Court concerning restrictions on imports of fresh meat, egg and dairy products.




This is the conclusion of a reasoned opinion delivered by the EFTA Surveillance Authority, ESA, today.

Icelandic law requires importers to apply for authorisation to import fresh meat and meat products, raw eggs and raw egg products and unpasteurised milk and dairy products processed from unpasteurised milk. The EFTA Court concluded on 14 November 2017 that such restrictions are in breach of EEA law.

This authorisation procedure is not in line with the Directive concerning veterinary checks in EEA trade. The main objective of this Directive is to reinforce health checks at the product´s point of origin while limiting controls at the place of destination to certain additional checks.

As Iceland has not yet taken measures to comply with the EFTA Court judgment, ESA decided to deliver a reasoned opinion to Iceland.

A reasoned opinion is the second stage of the infringement procedure. The Authority can bring the matter before the EFTA Court if the State fails to comply with the reasoned opinion within two months.

Read the reasoned opinion here.

For further information, please contact:

Øystein Solvang
Head of Communications
tel. +32 2 286 18 66
mob. +32 490 57 63 53

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