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Internal Market: Iceland given final warning for failure to implement the Services Directive



Today, the EFTA Surveillance Authority delivered a reasoned opinion to Iceland concerning its failure to implement the Services Directive[1]. The deadline for the EEA EFTA States to implement the Services Directive expired on 1 May 2010.

Liechtenstein and Norway have informed the Authority of their full implementation of the Services Directive, whereas in Iceland the implementation is still pending.

In a letter dated 20 May 2010 the Authority drew the attention of Iceland to its obligation to implement the Directive, and formal infringement proceedings were opened by sending a letter of formal notice on 19 October 2010.

The reasoned opinion constitutes a final warning to Iceland. Iceland has been given two months to take the necessary measures to comply with the reasoned opinion. If action is not taken to implement the Services Directive, the Authority may bring the matter before the EFTA Court.


For further information, please contact:

Joakim Zander,
Senior Officer
Internal Market Affairs
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 873


Trygve Mellvang-Berg,
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mobile (+32)(0) 492 900 187



[1]  Directive 2006/123/EC on services in the Internal Market

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