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Late implementation: Iceland and Liechtenstein to be brought to court



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The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to bring two cases against Iceland and one case against Liechtenstein before the EFTA Court for failure to implement EEA Acts on time.

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

Both Iceland and Liechtenstein have failed to implement a directive on consumer rights (Directive 2011/83/EU) into their national legislation within the applicable time limit. The directive aims at achieving a high level of consumer protection across the EEA and to contribute to the proper functioning of the internal market by approximating certain aspects of EEA States' laws, regulations and administrative provisions concerning contracts concluded between consumers and traders. The EFTA States should have implemented the directive by 1 February 2014.

In addition, Iceland has failed to implement a directive on the recovery of petrol vapour (Directive 2009/126/EC). The objective of this directive is to prevent pollution problems which occur when petrol evaporates during the refuelling of vehicles at service stations. Iceland should have implemented the directive by 1 February 2014.

Lodging a case at the EFTA Court is the last step in a formal infringement procedure against an EFTA State. Prior to this, Iceland and Liechtenstein have been informed about the Authority's view and have had a chance to bring forward their arguments as well as to settle the case by complying within the applicable deadline.


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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