Browse by year:


Other

PR(04)41 - Two reasoned opinions delivered to Iceland for failure to implement directives in the maritime safety sector

15.12.2004

The EFTA Surveillance Authority decided today to deliver two reasoned opinions to Iceland regarding the non-notification of two amending Directives to Council Directive 98/18/EC on safety rules and standards for passenger ships.

Commission Directives 2002/25/EC and 2003/75/EC both amend Council Directive 98/18/EC on safety rules and standards for passenger ships. The first Directive should have been implemented by Iceland no later than 6 December 2003 and the second no later than 29 January 2004.

The two amending Directives alter Annex 1 of Council Directive 98/18/EC on safety rules and standards for passenger ships by updating it according to the existing requirements of international conventions, including the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS Convention) and certain other international maritime codes and resolutions.

Following Iceland’s failure to implement the two directives into national law within the respective time-limits, the Authority opened infringement proceedings concerning Directive 2002/25/EC in April and concerning Directive 2003/75/EC in July.

The Icelandic Government informed the Authority in July that the Directives were to be implemented into its legal order no later than November 2004. However, in November 2004 the Authority was informed by Icelandic authorities that the adopted legislation could not be published, and therefore not fully implemented, before spring 2005.

The purpose of the two reasoned opinions is to give Iceland a last chance to implement the two Directives before the Authority decides whether to bring the matter before the EFTA Court. Iceland has been given three months to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinions.

For further information, please contact Mr. Tor Arne Solberg-Johansen, Press and Information Officer, tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66.

15 December 2004

 




Other EEA Institutions


imgbanner3
This website is built with Eplica CMS