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Late incorporation: Iceland to be brought to court over product information rules



Iceland has failed to implement a directive on labelling and standard product information on energy consumption into its national legislation within the applicable time limit. Therefore, the EFTA Surveillance Authority decided today to bring the matter before the EFTA Court.

The “Labelling Directive” 2010/30/EU establishes a framework for the harmonisation of national measures on labelling and standard product information regarding energy consumption. The Directive's objective is to improve consumers' possibility to  assess the energy efficiency of certain products by labeling and requiring standard product information on their consumption of energy.

Iceland should have implemented the Directive by 1 June 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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