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Late incorporation: Iceland to be brought to court over a sea transport regulation



Iceland has failed to incorporate a regulation on the liability of carriers of passengers by sea in the event of accidents into its national legislation within the applicable time limit. Therefore, the EFTA Surveillance Authority decided today to bring the matter before the EFTA Court.

Regulation (EC) No 392/2009 introduced an EEA-wide regime of liability and insurance for the carriage of passengers by sea in order to improve compensation for passengers who suffer damages and to improve the safety of maritime transport. Based on an international convention, the Regulation lays down a harmonised regime of liability and insurance for the carriage of passengers by sea.

Iceland should have incorporated the Regulation by 1 July 2013.

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.


For further information, please contact:

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


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