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PR(09)54: The Authority closes the case concerning Norwegian base tax on non-refillable beverage packaging


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today decided to close the case against Norway concerning the levying of a base tax on non-refillable beverage packaging.

The Authority has earlier initiated an infringement proceeding against Norway on the basis of the potential discriminatory nature of the tax. After a thorough re-examination of the case, and in light of the information and arguments submitted by Norway following the delivery of the reasoned opinion, the Authority has concluded that there are insufficient reasons to pursue the case further.

Even though the tax might be considered to have a potentially discriminatory effect towards imported products containing soft drinks and water, it is not discriminatory as regards beer and non-carbonated water as the domestic producers are also to a large extent using non-refillable packaging. Since therefore the base tax is also having an effect on domestic products, there does not appear to be any indirect discrimination.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Tuula Nieminen
Deputy Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 67, or

Mr. Bjørnar Alterskjær
Acting Director, Legal and Executive Affairs Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 98


Brussels, 15 July 2009

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