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Late implementation: Iceland to be brought to court in two cases



In two separate cases, one concerning measures against pollution and one concerning screening of airline passengers, Iceland has failed to implement EEA acts on time. Today, the EFTA Surveillance Authority decided to bring these cases before the EFTA Court.

These two cases exacerbate the alarming results of the Authority's latest Internal Market Scoreboard, published in July 2014, where Iceland had the highest transposition deficit of all the 31 EEA States. Out of the 17 cases the Authority has referred to the EFTA Court this year, 13 of them were against Iceland.

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.

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

Non-implementation of rules relating to measures against emissions of gas and pollutants
Iceland failed to adopt necessary measures to implement Directive 2010/26/EU on measures against the emission of gaseous and particulate pollutants from internal combustion engines to be installed in non-road mobile machinery. Iceland should have implemented the Directive by 4 May 2013.

Non-implementation of rules regarding screening of passengers and other persons
Iceland failed to implement regulation (EU) No 104/2013 regarding the screening of passengers and persons other than passengers by Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) equipment in combination with Hand Held Metal Detection (HHMD) equipment. Iceland should have implemented the regulation by 9 November 2013.

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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