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Internal Market: ESA brings Iceland before the EFTA court




Iceland has failed to implement an EEA Act concerning simple pressure vessels on time and the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today decided to bring Iceland before the EFTA Court.

Judge“It is in the interest of all that directives, enabling the free movement of goods in the EEA, are correctly transposed and in a timely manner. If not, Icelanders cannot access the full benefits of the EEA agreement,” says Helga Jónsdóttir, ESA college member.

Iceland has failed to implement Directive 2014/29 of the EEA Agreement that concerns how simple pressure vessels are made available in the EEA. The Directive harmonises technical and safety requirements to simple pressure vessels. It also regulates conformity assessment procedures in relation to these vessels.

It is important that Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway ensure that new EEA rules are incorporated into their national legal order. Iceland has been lagging behind other states in transposing legal acts within the agreed deadline, as recently was reported in the Internal Market scoreboard.

Lodging a case at the EFTA Court is the last step in a formal infringement procedure. Prior to this, Iceland has been informed about ESA's view and had a chance to bring forward its arguments as well as to settle the case by complying within the applicable deadline.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Anne Vestbakke
Head of Communications
tel. +32 2 286 18 66
mob. +32 490 57 63 53

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