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PR(09)19: Norway and Iceland fail to implement a directive on machinery


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to deliver reasoned opinions to Norway and Iceland for failure to implement a directive on machinery.[1]

The Directive essentially recasts previous directives on machinery and provides the principles for placing on the market and putting into use of these products, especially in view of safety. The Directive applies in general to all kinds of mechanical equipment, except for those that are explicitly excluded form the Directive[2], and taking into account that specific legislation concerning certain categories of equipment may exist.

Norway and Iceland should have implemented this Directive by 29 June 2008.

Delivering a reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The EFTA Surveillance Authority may bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Norway or Iceland fails to take satisfactory measures within two months of receiving the reasoned opinion.


For further information, please contact:


Mr. Steven Verhulst
Officer, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 58, or


Mr. Inge Hausken Thygesen
Press & Information Officer
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66 or (+32)(0)475 81 37 59



Brussels, 25 February 2009




[1]   Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC (recast)

[2]    Excluded from the scope of application of the Directive are, for example, motor vehicles for passenger transport, air and marine transport vessels, firearms, agricultural and forestry tractors and low voltage electrical equipment (for the whole list see Article 1 of Directive 2006/42).

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