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PR(08)56: Iceland fails to incorporate rules regarding accelerated phasing-in of double-hull oil tankers

10.9.2008

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today decided to deliver a reasoned opinion to Iceland for failure to incorporate a regulation[1], which provides that oil tankers shipping heavy grades of oil have to have double-hull. This rule applies not only to all oil tankers flagged in the EEA States but is also a condition for any oil tanker to be allowed to enter or leave ports or offshore terminals or to anchor in areas under the jurisdiction of an EEA State, regardless of its flag. The aim of the Regulation is to reduce the risk of accidental oil pollution in European waters.

The Regulation should have been incorporated in Iceland by 29 September 2007.

The purpose of the Authority’s reasoned opinion is to give the State in question a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides whether to bring the matter before the EFTA Court. Iceland has been given two months to take the measure necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion.

 

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Einar Hannesson,
Internal Market Affairs Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 43



[1]Regulation (EC) No 457/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 April 2007 amending Regulation (EC) No 417/2002 on the accelerated phasing-in of double-hull or equivalent design requirements for single-hull oil tankers

 




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