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PR(08)14: Liechtenstein and Norway fail to implement the Directive on initial qualification and periodic training of drivers


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to send reasoned opinions to Liechtenstein and Norway for failure to adopt the measures necessary to implement Directive 2003/59/EC on the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers, amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 3820/85 and Council Directive 91/439/EEC and repealing Council Directive 76/914/EEC.

Liechtensteinand Norway should have implemented the Directive by 1 June 2007.

The Directive introduces measures to ensure that all drivers engaged in road transport within the EEA, on roads open to the public, have the same level of qualifications and are in the possession of a certificate of professional competence confirming their skills and periodic training.

The purpose of the Authority's reasoned opinion is to give the States in question a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides whether to bring the matter before the EFTA Court. Liechtenstein and Norway have been given two months to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion.


For further information, please contact:

Ragnhild Behringer
Deputy Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 64


27 February 2008

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