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

3.7.2014

PR(14)43

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to bring five cases against Iceland and one case against Norway * before the EFTA Court for failure to implement a number of EEA acts.

The cases concern rules that are already incorporated and legally part of the EEA Agreement but where the states have not respected the agreed deadline for implementation.

Lodging a case at the EFTA Court is the last step in a formal infringement procedure against an EFTA State.

Today's decision adds to the picture drawn by the alarming results in the Authority's latest Internal Market Scoreboard, published in Februardy 2014, where Iceland and Norway had the highest transposition deficit of all the EEA States.

 

The concerned directives and regulation are:

Iceland:

  • Directive 2004/113/EC establish the principle of equal treatment between men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services.
    The Directive should have made part of the Icelandic legal order by 01.11.2012.
  • Directive 2011/7/EU on combating late payment in commercial transactions.
    The Directive should have made part of the Icelandic legal order by 01.05.2013.
  • Directive 2009/48/EC concerning requirements on the safety of toys.
    The Directive should have made part of the Icelandic legal order by 01.04.2013.
  • Directive 2009/125/EC concerning requirements on Ecodesign for energy-related products.
    The
    Directive should have made part of the Icelandic legal order by 01.11.2012.
  • Regulation (EU) No 1007/2011 on textile fiber names and related labelling.
    The Regulation should have made part of the Icelandic legal order by 01.05.2013.

Norway (joined case): *

  • Directive 2012/20/EU to include flufenoxuron as an active substance for product-type A in Annex I.
    The
    Directive should have made part of the Norwegian legal order by 04.05.2013.
  • Directive 2012/22/EU to include DDACarbonate as an active substance in Annex I.
    The Directive should have made part of the Norwegian legal order by 04.05.2013.


* Update: As Norway subsequently has informed the Authority that the directives in question have been implemented, the decision to refer this case to the EFTA Court has been revoked.

 

Relevant documents:

 

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187

 




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