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Internal Market: Iceland to be brought to Court for failure to implement the Equal Treatment Directive

National law needs to better aligned with the wording of the Directive



Iceland must amend its legislation in the field of gender equality on the labour market in order to comply with EEA law. The EFTA Surveillance Authority decided today to bring this issue before the EFTA Court. 

The Equal Treatment Directive implements the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation. To that end, it contains provisions in relation to areas such as access to employment and working conditions, including pay and occupational social security schemes. 

The Directive has been implemented by the Icelandic Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men No. 10/2008. However, the national rules do not reflect correctly the wording of the definitions in the Directive, in particular with regard to the terms “direct discrimination” and “sexual harassment”. 

As Iceland has failed to take the necessary measures after receiving the Authority's reasoned opinion of 20 June 2012, the matter will now be brought before the EFTA Court.

For further information, please contact: 

Mr. Xavier Lewis
Director, Department of Legal and Executive Affairs
Tel: (+32)(0)2 286 18 30


Mr. Ingvar Sverrisson
Senior Officer, Department of Internal Market Affairs
Tel: (+32)(0)2 286 18 32

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