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Internal Market: ESA rejects fisheries complaint against Norway

4.10.2017

PR(17)31 

EN | NO 

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today rejected a complaint against Norway concerning fishing rights for snow crab in Norwegian territorial waters.Snow-Crab-PR

“ESA has no grounds for pursuing the complaint as the EEA Agreement allows for national restrictions in the fisheries sector”, says ESA President Sven Erik Svedman.

ESA received a complaint in September 2016 claiming that Norway was in breach of the EEA Agreement by preventing other EEA nationals from establishing companies in Norway to engage in commercial fishing or catching of crab. Norway has imposed several nationality restrictions on companies engaged in professional fishing operations, and the complainant maintained that this was not in line with the fundamental principle of freedom of establishment in the EEA.

However, certain restrictions on fisheries that were in place before the EEA Agreement entered into force in 1994 are explicitly provided for in the Agreement. Consequently, ESA finds that the Norwegian legislation concerning fishing operations may deviate from the rules of freedom of establishment and free movement of capital in the EEA Agreement.

For more information, please see today's decision or contact:


Ms. Anne Vestbakke
Head of Communications
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