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PR(05)11: The Authority delivers a reasoned opinion to Iceland for failure to implement Directive 2001/45 amending the Work Equipment Directive

11.5.2005

The EFTA Surveillance Authority delivered today a reasoned opinion to Iceland because of its failure to ensure implementation of Directive 2001/45 amending the Work Equipment Directive.

The original Work Equipment Directive (1989/655/EC) lays down minimum safety and health requirements for the use of work equipment, such as machines, tools and installations. Directive 2001/45 amends Directive 89/655/EEC by adding to its Annex II provisions concerning the use of work equipment provided for temporary work at a height.

Iceland was to take the measures necessary to ensure compliance with the Directive by 19 July 2004. The Authority has received no information from Iceland that national measures necessary to comply with the Directive have been adopted.

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 two months to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion.

For further information, please contact: Mr. Niels Fenger (Director, Legal & Executive Affairs), tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 30.

11 May 2005




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