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Internal Market: Norway has failed to correctly implement two environmental directives



Norway has not correctly implemented either the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive or the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive. That is the conclusion of two reasoned opinions delivered by the EFTA Surveillance Authority.

The purpose of the Directives (2011/92/EU and 2001/42/EC) is to ensure that the environmental implications of planning decisions are taken into account before individual projects and broader plans and programmes are approved or authorised. Despite having implemented most of the provisions of both Directives, an investigation by the Authority revealed some shortcomings in the current Norwegian law, which mean that smaller projects for which an assessment would be required are not always subject to an environmental assessment.

Norway has acknowledged the breaches and is planning to update its legislation. However, Norway has not yet brought its national law in line with EEA law. As a consequence, the Authority today issued two reasoned opinions to Norway.

A reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The Authority may bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Norway fails to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion within two months.


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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