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PR(07)25: Iceland fails to implement rules relating to waste electrical and electronic equipment

20.6.2007

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to send a reasoned opinion to Iceland for failure to implement Directive 2002/96/EC on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and its amending Directive 2003/108/EC.

Iceland should have implemented these Directives no later than 1 February 2006.

Directives 2002/96/EC and 2003/108/EC are designed to tackle the fast increasing waste stream of electrical and electronic equipment. They complement measures on landfill and incineration of waste by increasing recycling of electrical and electronic equipment to limit the total quantity of waste going to final disposal. Producers will be responsible for taking back and recycling electrical and electronic equipment, and consumers will be able to return their equipment free of charge.

Issuing a reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The EFTA Surveillance Authority could bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Iceland fails to produce a satisfactory reply within three months of receiving the reasoned opinion.


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Hallgrímur Ásgeirsson
Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 60; or

Ms. Claire Koeniguer
Senior Officer, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 63

20 June 2007




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