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The Authority publishes its Annual Report for 2012

12.4.2013

PR(13)33

2012 was a successful year for the EFTA Surveillance Authority. Twenty years after its signing, the EEA Agreement continued to function for the benefit of the contracting partners.

On behalf of all 30 EEA States, the Authority ensures that the three EFTA States Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway honour their obligations under the EEA Agreement.

“The success of the EEA is only possible with continuous attention and efforts every day to secure a level playing field across the EEA. The Internal Market has to be a reality on the ground, not just on paper, Ms Oda Helen Sletnes, president of the EFTA Surveillance Authority, said.

Important issues for the Authority in 2012 have been the restructuring of Icelandic banks and a focus on aid to the environment in Norway, as well as a few major competition cases.

15 cases concerning a variety of issues reached the EFTA Court in 2012. Among the issues which have drawn a lot of attention is a case concerning unlawful state aid to the costal steamer Hurtigruten, and the oral hearing of the Icesave case.

Timely implementation of new EEA directives into national legislation is essential for the EFTA States' participation in the Internal Market. As in previous years, the Authority prioritized its task of monitoring this implementation in 2012.

“The governments of the EFTA States must secure an effective management of their EEA obligation and have more respect for the deadlines within the EEA, Ms Sletnes said.

Information on many of the decisions taken by the Authority in the course of 2012, can be found in the Annual Report which is published today.

Downloadable versions of the report are available in English, German, Icelandic and Norwegian at the Authority's website. For print versions, please send an e-mail to registry@eftasurv.int.

 

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Trygve Mellvang-Berg 
Press & Information Officer 
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187




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