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PR(96)10: EFTA Surveillance Authority closes a case on organizational aspects of the Norwegian Alcohol Monopoly

11.10.2002

In its Reasoned Opinion of 30 December 1994 the EFTA Surveillance Authority onsidered certain aspects of the Norwegian Alcohol Monopoly not to be compatible with he EEA Agreement, namely the exclusive rights of A/S Vinmonopolet to import, export and wholesale of alcoholic beverages and the institutional link between the retail onopoly and the production of such beverages. 

Subsequently the Norwegian Government introduced changes to the Alcohol Act and the Act on the Foundation of A/S Vinmonopolet which abolished A/S Vinmonopolet's exclusive rights related to import, export and wholesale of alcoholic beverages with effect from 1 January 1996. 

Furthermore, the Norwegian Government transferred the import, export, wholesale and production activities of A/S Vinmonopolet to the Arcus Group of companies with effect from 1 January 1996, whereby the institutional link between the retail monopoly and the production of alcoholic beverages was eliminated.

The Authority has found that these measures have removed the infringements covered by its Reasoned Opinion and has in consequence thereof decided to close the case. The scope of today's decision is limited to the question whether the Norwegian Government's legislative amendments and related organizational changes meet the requirements laid down in the Reasoned Opinion. The decision does, therefore, not prejudice the Athority's position in respect of other aspects of trade in alcoholic beverages in Norway or its enforcement of the rules on State aid and competition in that sector.

For further information, please contact Mr. Amund Utne (Competition and State Aid Directorate) tel. +32 2 286 18 50 or Mr. Morten Sandberg tel. +32 2 286 18 53.

 

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