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PR(99)05: The EFTA Surveillance Authority requests Iceland and Norway to comply with EEA rules

27.9.2002

During the month of April 1999, the EFTA Surveillance Authority sent one Reasoned Opinion to Iceland and one to Norway 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 States in question a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides to bring the matter before the EFTA Court.

Iceland:

Failure to notify implementation of the Act referred to in point 1a of Annex X and point 4i of Chapter XVIII of Annex II to the EEA Agreement - Standards for Television Signals (95/47/EC).

Norway:

Failure to notify implementation of the same Act.

The objective of the Standards for Television Signals Directive (95/47/EC) is to promote and accelerate the introduction of advanced television services in Europe. According to the Directive, EFTA States are required inter alia to promote the introduction of certain standards for the transmission of television signals as well as for television sets put on the market.

Iceland and Norway were to bring into force the necessary national measures to ensure compliance with the Directive, and to notify the Authority forthwith thereof, no later than 1 August 1998. The Authority has not yet received any communication from Iceland or Norway indicating that such measures have been taken.

For further information please contact Håkan Berglin (Legal & Executive Affairs) on tel. (32 2) 286 18 30.

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