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Internal Market: Iceland and Norway must improve the handling of ship-generated waste



Iceland and Norway have not correctly implemented a directive concerning port reception facilities, and must ensure adequate handling of ship-generated waste. This is the conclusion in two reasoned opinions issued by the EFTA Surveillance Authority.

The purpose of the Directive (Directive 2000/59/EC) is to reduce the discharges of ship-generated waste and cargo residues into the sea from ships using ports within the EEA area. One measure imposed for reaching this purpose is improving the availability and use of port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues, thereby enhancing the protection of the marine environment.

In the summer of 2010, the European Maritime Safety Agency undertook inspections in Iceland and Norway on behalf of the EFTA Surveillance Authority. The purpose was to monitor the extent to which the port reception facilities systems fulfil the specific provisions of the Directive.

Even though both states have transposed most of the provisions of the Directive, the inspection revealed several shortcomings. Iceland and Norway do not provide adequate port reception facilities in all of their ports, and control procedures regarding the ships' obligations are not enforced.

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 Ólafur Einarsson
Director, Department of Internal Market Affairs
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 73

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