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PR(08)15: EFTA Surveillance Authority publishes its Annual Report 2007 today

14.3.2008

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today published its Annual Report for 2007. The report shows that 2007 was a busy year for the Authority. The special effort to close old cases has continued, and in the course of the year the number of pending cases that are more than three years old has dropped from 142 to 47. This ongoing process of reducing case load should allow the Authority to free resources to cope with its surveillance functions more effectively.

The statistics of  the report also shows, inter alia, that more than 75% of all new infringement cases launched in 2007 concerns failure by Iceland and Norway to make regulations part of national law. The clear majority of those cases where brought against Iceland. Of the 48 reasoned opinions delivered in 2007, more than 60% related to failure by Iceland to incorporate EEA regulations into national law.

The number of complaints against the EEA EFTA States increased slightly compared to the previous year. Still, from a total of 486 new cases opened during 2007, only 65 were based on complaints. Norway continues to attract the most complaints (88%), followed by Iceland and Liechtenstein. As were the case with infringement proceedings, a majority of the new cases did relate to failure to implement or incorporate new EEA legislation.

Changes in political focus in the EEA influence the Authority’s workload and priorities. In 2007 energy, the environment and climate change were high on the political agenda, and this were also reflected in the priorities made by the Authority. The Annual Report provides an overview of these and other sectors and individual cases examined by the Authority during 2007, and is available at the Authority's website: www.eftasurv.int

For further information, please contact:

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

 

14 March 2008




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