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PR(01)09: Iceland requested to comply with EEA rules on standards for television signals

18.9.2002

On 4 July 2001, the EFTA Surveillance Authority sent a Reasoned Opinion in the field of audio-visual services to Iceland for failing to comply with EEA rules.

Iceland was to bring into force the necessary measures to ensure compliance with the Act referred to in point 4i of Chapter XVIII of Annex II and point 1a of Annex X to the EEA Agreement (Directive 95/47/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the use of standards for the transmission of television signals), as adapted to the EEA Agreement by Protocol 1 thereto, no later than 1 August 1998. 

Iceland has submitted a notification to the Authority indicating that the Directive has been fully implemented into Icelandic law.  The Authority has concluded, however, that the notified measures do not ensure compliance with Articles 3 and 4 of the Directive.   

The Television Standards Directive (95/47/EC), as incorporated into the EEA Agreement, aims at promoting the accelerated development of advanced television services including wide-screen television services, high definition television services and television services using fully digital transmission systems.  Article 3 of the Directive requires that television sets shall be fitted with an open interface socket permitting simple connection of additional decoders and digital receivers. Article 4 contains a number of conditions that shall apply in relation to conditional access to digital television services.

The Icelandic Government is requested to take the necessary measures to comply with the Reasoned Opinion within three months following notification thereof.

The Reasoned Opinion was issued pursuant to 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 Icelandic 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 whether to bring the matter before the EFTA Court.

For further information please contact Peter Dyrberg (Legal & Executive Affairs) on telephone (32 2) 286 18 30.

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