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Internal Market: Norway once more urged to ensure proper handling of ship-generated waste



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The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) urges Norway to comply with the judgement of the EFTA Court and fulfil its obligations concerning port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues in Norwegian ports.Photo-Port

“Norwegian authorities should set themselves a more ambitious deadline for fully complying with the EEA rules that are aimed at enhancing the protection of the marine environment in Norwegian ports”, says ESA President Sven Erik Svedman as ESA today issued a letter of formal notice to Norway.

Following an EFTA Court ruling in August 2016, Norway is required to ensure that all ports have adequate reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues, and that such plans are approved in accordance with the PRF Directive. 

Norway foresees that full implementation will be completed only by December 2021. ESA views this deadline as unacceptable, especially as ESA has been discussing the issue with Norwegian authorities since the summer of 2010 and provided technical advice together with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) aimed at resolving the situation.

ESA has given Norway two months to reply to today's letter of formal notice before deciding whether or not to take the case further.

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Ms. Anne Vestbakke
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