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PR(98)06: The EFTA Surveillance Authority requests Liechtenstein to transpose EEA rules

2.10.2002

During the month of March 1998, the EFTA Surveillance Authority sent two “Reasoned Opinions” to Liechtenstein for failure to comply with EEA Acts.

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 Liechtenstein Government 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 acts that Liechtenstein has failed to transpose are:

  The Act referred to in point 24 of Annex XX to the EEA Agreement - the Directive on the contained use of genetically modified micro-organisms (90/219/EEC), as adapted to technical progress by Directive 94/51/EC.  The objective of the Directive is to lay down common rules for the contained use of genetically modified micro-organisms with a view to protect human health and the environment.

The Act referred to in point 25 of Annex XX to the EEA Agreement - the Directive on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms (90/220/EEC), as adapted to technical progress by Directive 94/15/EC.  The objective of this Directive is to lay down common rules to protect human health and the environment when deliberate release of genetically modified organisms into the environment is carried out or when placing on the market products containing or consisting of genetically modified organisms.

Liechtenstein was to bring into force the necessary national measures to ensure compliance with the Directives no later than 1 July 1996.

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




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