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To the EFTA Court: Norway comes short in handling of ship-generated waste




Norway has failed to fully ensure that all ports have adequate port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues. Moreover, plans for receiving and handling waste have not been developed and approved for all ports.

Therefore, the EFTA Surveillance Authority decided today to refer Norway to the EFTA Court.

An inspection conducted by the European Maritime Safety Agency in 2010 on behalf of the EFTA Surveillance Authority, revealed several shortcomings in Norway's implementation of Directive 2000/59/EC. The purpose of this Directive is to reduce the discharges of ship-generated waste and cargo residues into the sea from ships using ports within the EEA area. One measure imposed for reaching this purpose is improving the availability and use of port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues, thereby enhancing the protection of the marine environment.

The Authority has raised the outstanding issues with Norwegian authorities on several occasions, and some progress has been made. Still, as Norway has not taken satisfactory measures to comply fully with the provisions of the Directive, the matter will now be brought before the EFTA Court.

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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