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PR(05)44: Iceland fails to implement rules on emissions from mobile machinery


The EFTA Surveillance Authority yesterday delivered a reasoned opinion to Iceland because of the failure to implement Directive 2002/88/EC, amending Directive 97/68/EC. The Directive aims at reducing emissions from engines installed in certain types of non-road machinery. The Directive should have been implemented in national law by 11 August 2004.

The objective of Directive 97/68/EC is to improve air quality by reducing emissions of gaseous and particulate pollutants from internal combustion engines. Directive 2002/88/EC widens the scope of the emission restriction rules by extending them to cover small spark ignition (gasoline) engines installed in non-road mobile machinery.

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. Iceland has been given three months to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Hallgrímur Ásgeirsson, Director Internal Market Affairs Directorate,
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 60.

21 December 2005

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