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Late implementation: Rules on fireworks long overdue in Iceland



Fireworks in Reykjavik (©


Iceland has still not implemented Directive 2007/23/EC on pyrotechnic articles into national legislation despite an EFTA Court judgment from September 2014 which found Iceland in breach of the EEA Agreement in this regard. The directive should have been implemented by 1 November 2012.

The directive aims at achieving a high level of consumer protection across the EEA and to ensure the free movement of pyrotechnic articles within the internal market.

Since Iceland has still not complied with the judgment and implemented the Directive, as it is obligated to, the Authority decided today to deliver a reasoned opinion. The purpose of this letter is to give Iceland a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides whether to bring the matter before the EFTA Court once more.

A reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The Authority may bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Iceland fails to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion within two months.


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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