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Internal Market: Iceland to be brought to court in four cases




Iceland has failed to implement EEA acts on time in four separate cases. The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to bring these cases before the EFTA Court.

Two of the directives concern medicinal products for human use:

Directive 2011/62 introduces tougher rules to improve the protection of public health with new measures combatting the sale of falsified medicines, which are a major threat to public health and safety. The EFTA States were required to implement the directive by 1 June 2014.

Directive 2012/26 introduces certain amendments to the pharmacovigilance legislation. These amendments aim to further strengthen the protection of patient health by allowing prompt notification and assessment of safety issues. The EFTA States were required to implement the directive by 1 June 2014.

One directive concerns pollution from non-road mobile machinery:

Directive 2012/46 amends and updates a previous directive on measures against the emission of certain gaseous and particular pollutants from the internal combustion engines to be installed in non-road mobile machinery, e.g. railcars, locomotives and small handheld equipment such as chain saws and hedge trimmers. The EFTA States were required to implement the directive by 26 September 2014.

The fourth directive concerns copyright:

Directive 2011/77 extends the term of protection for performers and sound recordings to 70 years in order to bring performers' protection more in line with that given to authors. The directive also contains accompanying measures which aim specifically at strengthening the rights of performers. The EFTA States were required to adopt the measures necessary to implement the directive by 1 August 2014.

These acts are already incorporated and legally part of the EEA Agreement, but Iceland has not respected the agreed deadline for implementation into its national legal order.


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 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. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187

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