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Internal Market: Norwegian ban on frequent flyer points in breach of EEA rules

20.3.2013

PR(13)24

The Norwegian regulation which bans air carriers from offering frequent flyer points on domestic air routes is in breach of the EEA agreement. This is the conlusion of a Reasoned opinion sent to Norway today.

On 1 August 2007, Norway introduced a general ban on domestic frequent flyer points as part of a frequent flyer programme. By maintaining in force the relevant national regulation, Norway has failed to fulfil its obligations arising from the Directive on unfair commercial practices. This Directive lists a limited number of unfair commercial practices subject to a general ban. As frequent flyer programmes are not listed, a general ban is not allowed.

In any event, the Authority considers the Norwegian general ban an unjustified restriction of the fundamental freedoms within the EEA, namely the freedom to provide services as well as the freedom of establishment of air carriers.

The reasoned opinion sent today constitutes a final warning to Norway. Norway has been given two months to take the measures necessary to bring the national law in line with the EEA rules. If Norway fails to comply with its obligations in this regard, the Authority may bring the matter before the EFTA Court.


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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