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PR(98)23: The EFTA Surveillance Authority has opened infringement procedures against Iceland and Norway concerning discriminatory air transport taxes


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has on 16 December 1998 sent a letter of formal notice to respectively Iceland and Norway for failure to comply with EEA rules on freedom to provide services in the area of Civil Aviation.

The Authority questions the fact that Iceland and Norway, by charging air transport taxes which discriminate between domestic flights and flights to other States of the EEA, secure a special advantage for the domestic market and the internal air transport services in Iceland and Norway in contravention of the principle of free provision of services, enshrined in Article 36 of the EEA Agreement and Article 3(1) of the Act referred to in point 64a of Annex XIII to the EEA Agreement, Council Regulation (EEC) No 2408/92 on access for Community air-carriers to intra-Community air routes.

The Icelandic and Norwegian Governments are invited to submit its observations to the content of these letters of formal notice within three months upon their receipt. In light of these observations the Surveillance Authority will consider whether to proceed with the case.

For further information please contact Lars Lindh (Persons, Services & Capital Movements Directorate) on telephone (32 2) 286 18 64

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