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PR(10)11: Iceland fails to implement Directive on marine equipment

10.3.2010

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to send a reasoned opinion to Iceland for failure to implement Directive 2008/67/EC amending Council Directive 96/98/EC on marine equipment.


Directive  2008/67/EC  incorporates new international testing standards for a number of items of marine equipment. The purpose of Council Directive 96/98/EC on marine equipment.is to enhance safety at sea and the prevention of marine pollution through the uniform application of the relevant international instruments relating to certain equipment placed on board ships for which safety certificates are issued by or on behalf of EEA States pursuant to international conventions. The purpose of the directive is also to ensure the free movement of such equipment within the European Economic Area.

Iceland was to bring the measures necessary to ensure implementation of the Act into force no later than 21 July 2009.

Delivering a reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The EFTA Surveillance Authority may decide to bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Iceland fails to take satisfactory measures within two months of receiving the reasoned opinion.

For further information, please contact:

Mr Andreas Breivik
Officer
Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 57

or

Mr Bjørnar Alterskjær
Deputy Director
Legal & Executive Affairs
Tel. (+32)(0)495 29 16 05

 

Brussels, 10 March 2010




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