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Internal Market: EEA rules on residence not correctly transposed by Iceland



Iceland needs to transpose fully the Residence Directive on the right of EEA nationals to move and reside freely within the EEA States.[1] This is the conclusion of a reasoned opinion delivered by the EFTA Surveillance Authority today.

The Residence Directive is designed to promote the right of nationals of EU Member States and EFTA States and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the 30 EEA States. This is done by cutting back administrative formalities, providing a better definition of the status of family members and limiting the scope for refusing entry or terminating the right of residence. Furthermore, the Directive introduces a new right of permanent residence.

Iceland has transposed the main principles of the Directive. However, several provisions of the Directive have either not been transposed or have been transposed incorrectly.

A reasoned opinion is the second stage of the infringement procedure. The Authority can bring the matter before the EFTA Court if the State fails to comply with the reasoned opinion within two months.


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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