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Internal Market: Iceland to be brought to court in two cases

28.9.2016

PR(16)42 

 EN | IS

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) decided today to bring two cases against Iceland before the EFTA Court. Both cases concerned EEA Acts that Iceland has failed to implement on time. The EEA Acts concern marketing of explosive precursors as well as machinery for pesticide application.

Regulation 98/2013 lays down rules for the marketing of explosive precursors, to prevent the illegal manufacturing of explosives. Explosive precursors are substances that can be used for the purposes of making explosives. The Regulation seeks to reduce the accessibility of high-risk chemical explosive precursors to private individuals and introduces the obligation for economic operators to report any suspicious transactions involving explosive precursors as well as other substances that are also considered dangerous. The rules foreseen in Regulation 98/2013 will contribute to ensure greater security of explosives, bomb-making equipment and technologies that can be used for the purpose of terrorist acts. The EFTA States were required to incorporate the regulation by 1 August 2015.

Directive 2009/127 amends and updates a previous directive on machinery for pesticide application. This includes self-propelled, towed, vehicle-mounted, semi-mounted and airborne machinery, as well as stationary machinery intended for pesticide application, both for professional and non-professional use. The EFTA States were required to implement the directive by 1 June 2015.

These acts are already incorporated and legally part of the EEA Agreement, but Iceland has not respected the agreed deadline for implementation into its national legal order.

Lodging a case at the EFTA Court is the last step in a formal infringement procedure against an EFTA State. 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
Mobile. +32 490 57 63 53




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