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Internal Market: Iceland to be brought to court in six cases



The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to bring several cases against Iceland before the EFTA Court for the failure to implement a number of EEA acts.

«We regret having to take such a number of cases to the court, as Iceland has failed to take satisfactory measures to avoid this. Timely implementation of common EEA rules is essential to Iceland's participation in the Internal Market, and the current situation is worrying», Ms. Oda Helen Sletnes, President of the EFTA Surveillance Authority, said.

Lodging a case at the EFTA Court is the last step in a formal infringement procedure against an EFTA State. Prior to this, Iceland has been informed about the Authority's view and has had a chance to bring forward its arguments as well as to settle the case by complying within the applicable deadline.

These are the cases that will be referred to the EFTA Court:

Tolls on heavy goods vehicles
Directive 2006/38/EC on charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures
The “Eurovignette Directive” 1999/62/EC lays down rules for the application by Member States of tolls or user charges imposed on vehicles intended for the carriage of heavy goods by road, including roads on the trans-European road network and roads in mountainous regions.

The amendments introduced to the Eurovignette Directive by Directive 2006/38/EC established a new framework for charging for the use of road infrastructure.

Iceland should have implemented the Directive by 14 July 2012.

Keeping track of explosives
Directive 2008/43/EC on identification and traceability of explosives for civil uses
The Directive establishes a harmonised system for the unique identification and traceability of explosives for civil uses to ensure that undertakings in the explosives sector possess a system for keeping track of explosives in order to be able to identify those holding the explosives at any time.

Iceland should have implemented this Directive by 1 November 2012.

Classification of fireworks
Directive 2007/23/EC on pyrotechnic articles
The Directive establishes inter alia a harmonised system for categorisation of pyrotechnic articles, including fireworks, according to their level of hazard, as well as essential safety standards for such products. The object of the Directive is to guarantee the free movement of pyrotechnic articles, whilst ensuring a high level of protection of human health and safety and the protection of the consumer and professional end users.

Iceland should have implemented the Directive by 1 November 2012.

Pollution from ships
Directive 2005/35/EC on ship-source pollution and on the introduction of penalties for infringements
The purpose of the Directive is to incorporate international standards for ship-source pollution into EEA law and to ensure that persons responsible for discharges are subject to adequate penalties, in order to improve maritime safety and to enhance protection of the marine environment from pollution by ships.

Iceland should have implemented the Directive by 1 November 2012.

Waste handling
Directive 2008/98/EC “Waste Framework Directive”
The Directive lays down measures to protect the environment and human health by preventing or reducing the adverse impacts of the generation and management of waste and by reducing overall impacts of resource use and improving the efficiency of such use. The Directive contains provisions on inter alia producer responsibility, prevention of waste, recovery, re-use and recycling as well as administrative provisions on permits and registrations for operators.

Iceland should have implemented the Directive by 1 November 2012.

Employees' rights to information and consultation
Directive 2009/38/EC on the European Works Council
The purpose of the Directive is to improve the right to information and to consultation of employees in EEA-scale undertakings and EEA-scale groups of undertakings. To that end, the Directive provides that a European Works Council or a procedure for informing and consulting employees shall be established in every EEA-scale undertaking and every EEA-scale group of undertakings, under certain circumstances, with the purpose of informing and consulting employees.

Iceland should have implemented the Directive by 1 November 2012.


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Xavier Lewis
Director, Legal & Executive Affairs
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 30

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