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PR(07)12: Norway fails to fully implement certain rules relating to occurrence reporting regarding aviation safety concerns


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to send a reasoned opinion to Norway for failure to fully implement a Directive relating to occurrence reporting in civil aviation which should have been implemented no later than 4 July 2005.

Directive 2003/42 establishes occurrence reporting by individual aviation professionals in all cases where aviation safety concerns might emerge. These occurrences may be a forerunner of an accident at a later date, so their early identification and analysis might prevent more severe accidents in the future.

The Directive introduces the development of software tools suitable for a European safety data base, which will allow aviation authorities and agencies, at national and European level, to share common information in the field.

The national legislation adopted by Norway in order to implement the Directive has not entered into in force, and the software tools necessary to develop the new electronic reporting system are not yet in place.

Issuing a reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The EFTA Surveillance Authority could take the matter to court if Norway fails to produce a satisfactory reply within two months of receiving the reasoned opinion.

For further information, please contact:

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

12 April 2007

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