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PR(09)85: Iceland brought to the EFTA Court for failing to protect workers and consumers using machinery


On 2 December 2009, the EFTA Surveillance Authority decided to bring a case before the EFTA Court against Iceland for failure to adopt national measures necessary to implement Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery or to notify the Authority thereof. The time-limit for Iceland to adopt these measures expired on 29 June 2008.

The machinery sector is an important part of the engineering industry and is one of the industrial mainstays of the economy of the European Economic Area. The social cost of the large number of accidents caused directly by the use of machinery can be reduced by inherently safe design and construction of machinery and by proper installation and maintenance.

The Directive aims at ensuring the health and safety of persons, especially workers and consumers, in relation to the risks arising out of the use of machinery.


For further information, please contact:

Mr Xavier Lewis
Legal and Executive Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 30


Brussels, 2 December 2009

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