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PR(10)14: Iceland fails to implement Directive on textile names (recast)



The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to send a reasoned opinion to Iceland for failure to implement Directive 2008/121/EC on textile names (recast).[1]

The former Directive (96/74/EC) on textile names had been amended several times since its adoption. For the sake of clarity a recast in the form of a new Directive was adopted in 2008.

Directive 2008/121/EC lays down uniform rules for the names, composition and labeling of textile products. The aim is to allow these products to move freely within the European Economic Area while ensuring at the same time a proper information of the consumer. The Directive defines the conditions under which producers, importers and distributors may give a certain name or label to their textile products, especially in terms of the fiber composition of these products (e.g. when a textile product may be marked as a “wool” product or as a “100% wool” product).

Iceland was to bring the measures necessary to ensure implementation of the Act into force no later than 30 May 2009 and to inform the Authority of the measures taken.

Delivering a reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The EFTA Surveillance Authority may 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. Steven Verhulst,
Internal Market Affairs Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 58






[1] Directive 2008/121/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 January 2009 on textile names (recast)

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