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PR(09)77: The EFTA Surveillance Authority closes case concerning import of alcohol into Norway following lifting of restrictions


On 13 November 2009, the EFTA Surveillance Authority decided to close a case against Norway concerning restrictions on the private import of alcoholic beverages. A similar system in place in Sweden was in 2007 declared by the Court of Justice of the European Communities to be in breach of the free movement of goods, a fundamental principle of the EC Treaty and the EEA Agreement (Case C-170/04 Rosengren). 

The closure of the case follows the adoption of Norwegian legislation which allows for private persons to import alcoholic beverages into Norway without having to go through the Norwegian alcohol monopoly (Vinmonopolet). The new legislation enables persons established in Norway to order alcoholic beverages for personal consumption over the internet, as long as rules relating to age limits, taxation, etc. are respected. The new Norwegian legislation also increases the amount of alcohol that persons travelling into Norway may personally bring with them. However, the Norwegian legislation does not modify the amounts of alcohol that can be brought into Norway tax free.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Joakim Zander,
Internal Market Affairs
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 76


Brussels, 13 November 2009

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