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PR(98)09: The EFTA Surveillance Authority requests Norway and Liechtenstein to comply with EEA rules

2.10.2002

During the month of April 1998, the EFTA Surveillance Authority sent Reasoned Opinions to Norway and Liechtenstein for failing to comply with EEA rules.

The Reasoned Opinions were issued pursuant to the first paragraph of Article 31 of the Agreement between the EFTA States on the Establishment of a Surveillance Authority and a Court of Justice, and after having given the concerned Governments the opportunity to submit its observations.  The purpose of a Reasoned Opinion is to give the State in question a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides to bring the matter before the EFTA Court.

The EEA Act that Norway has failed to transpose is:

  • Act referred to in point 16e of Annex XVIII to the EEA Agreement - Mineral-Extracting Industries (Drilling) Directive (92/91/EEC).

The objective of the Directive is to improve through minimum requirements the health and safety of workers in the extractive industries active in the exploration for, and exploitation of, minerals (offshore and onshore) by drilling.

Norway was to bring into force the necessary national measures to ensure compliance with the Directive no later than 3 November 1994.  The Authority is of the opinion that the Directive has not been implemented as far as land-based (onshore) activities are concerned.

The EEA Acts that Liechtenstein has failed to transpose are:

  • Act referred to in point 4 of Annex IX to the EEA Agreement - Directive on the co-ordination of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to Community co-insurance (78/473/EEC).

The objective of the Directive is to coordinate the rules for Community co-insurance.

Liechtenstein was to bring into force the necessary national measures to ensure compliance with the Directive no later than 1 May 1995.

  • Act referred to in point 6 of Annex IX to the EEA Agreement - Directive on the co-ordination of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to legal expenses insurance(87/344/EEC).

The objective of the Directive is to lay down minimum requirements for pursuing legal expenses insurance activities.

Liechtenstein was to bring into force the necessary national measures to ensure compliance with the Directive no later than 1 May 1995.

For further information please contact Håkan Berglin (Legal and Executive Affairs) on tel. 286 18 30.




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