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Internal Market: ESA closes assessment of ship registration in Norway




Today, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has closed an assessment of Norway`s current International Ship Register (NIS), finding it in line with the EEA rules regarding the freedom to provide maritime transport services.

NIS-canva“Ship registration rules are not fully harmonized at EEA level, giving Norway discretion at the national level”, says ESA President Sven Erik Svedman.

Following consultations with the European Commission, ESA further concludes that Norwegian legislation in this field is similar to the national legislation of other EEA States.

ESA started the assessment of the Norwegian NIS register in 2014 to look into provisions restricting the freedom to provide services in the EEA. ESA issued a letter of formal notice to Norway in February 2016. However, based on information provided by Norway following the letter of formal notice ESA concludes that the restriction is justifiable under EEA law.

Further, Norwegian authorities have informed ESA that they intend to expand their tax refund scheme for employing seafarers. Under the present scheme, which was approved by ESA in April 2016, ship owners get refunds of taxes and social security contributions paid for seafarers on ships in the Norwegian registers. An expansion needs ESA´s approval before it can come into effect.

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Ms. Anne Vestbakke
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