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PR(07)31: Iceland fails to implement EU legislation concerning pollutants


The EFTA Surveillance Authority today sent a reasoned opinion to Iceland due to the failure of that State to implement a Directive 2004/26/EC [1] concerning pollutants from engines into its national law.

The Directive should have been implemented in national law by 11 March 2006.

The Directive aims to improve air quality in the EEA by reducing emissions from engines installed in non-road machinery. Taking account of the technical progress, the emission limits allowed for these types of machinery have been reduced by the Directive. The Directive also introduces emission standards for railway and inland waterway applications to help promote them as environmentally friendly modes of transport

Under Article 7 of the EEA Agreement, Iceland is obliged to implement all acts referred to in the Annexes to the EEA Agreement. The purpose of the reasoned opinion is to give Iceland a last chance to adopt the legislation necessary to implement the Directive before taking the matter to the EFTA Court.

[1] Directive 2004/26/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 amending Directive 97/68/EC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to measures against the emission of gaseous and particulate pollutants from internal combustion engines to be installed in non-road mobile machinery.

For further information, please contact:
Mr. HallgrímurÁsgeirsson
Director, Internal Market Affairs
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 60

4 July 2007

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