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Energy: Norwegian and Icelandic petroleum licensing legislation now in conformity with EEA law



Today, the Authority closed infringement cases against Norway and Iceland as they have now amended their petroleum licensing legislation in conformity with EEA law.

In December 2009, the Authority initiated infringement proceedings against Norway and Iceland and sent letters of formal notice to them concerning their petroleum legislation.

The legislation of both States previously required that oil and gas companies manage their licensed activities autonomously from a seat established in those States and have their onshore operational bases in those States. These requirements constituted disproportionate restrictions on the freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services. They were also in breach of the Hydrocarbons Licensing Directive.

Under the new legislation now applicable in the two States, organizational and residency requirements can only be imposed on oil and gas companies where this is objectively justified. As for the requirements for companies to maintain onshore operational bases in those States, these will have to be justified by the protection of good resource management, health, safety and the environment.

The Authority will continue to monitor the implementation of EEA law in this sector on an ongoing basis.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Trygve Mellvang-Berg
Press & Information Officer
Tel (+32) (0)2 286 18 66
Mob: (+32) (0)492 900 187





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