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Energy: Norwegian natural gas legislation now in conformity with EEA law



Today, the Authority closed its infringement case against Norway as its national legislation on natural gas markets is now in conformity with EEA Law.

In February 2010, the Authority initiated infringement proceedings against Norway by sending a letter of formal notice.

The letter regarded issues related to the implementation of the Directive, and more specifically:

  • rules protecting natural gas customers,
  • requirements for an independent dispute settlement body for disputes related to third party access on the upstream pipeline network
  • modalities of third party access to the upstream pipeline network.

Norway has now addressed all three issues and the Authority is satisfied that Norway is in conformity with the second Natural Gas Directive[1].

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

[1] Directive 2003/55/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2003 concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas and repealing Directive 98/30/EC. The third energy package, which includes the amending third natural gas Directive 2009/73/EC, has not yet been incorporated into the EEA Agreement and thus does not currently bind Norway.

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