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PR(99)11: The EFTA Surveillance Authority grants Norway exemption under the Utilities Procurement Directive


Following changes in the national rules on utilities procurement in Norway, by establishing alternative rules that ensure that the contracting authorities engaged in the exploitation of oil or gas award contracts on a non-discriminatory, transparent and competitive basis, Norway will as from today be exempted from applying all the procedural rules in the utilities directive (Council Directive 93/38/EEC of 14 June 1993 coordinating the procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and telecommunications sectors) to entities engaged in the exploitation of geographical areas for the purpose of exploring for or extracting oil or gas.

The exemption is granted upon a request from Norway and after the Authority has concluded that Norway has correctly transposed the so called hydrocarbons licensing directive (Council Directive 94/22/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 1994 on the conditions for granting and using authorizations for the prospection, exploration and production of hydrocarbons), which is a prequisite for granting the exemption.

For further information, please contact Officer Erik J. Eidem at +32 2 286 18 77

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