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PR(05)10: Iceland fails to ensure full implementation of the Directive on working time (2000/34/EC) with regard to doctors in training


The EFTA Surveillance Authority delivered yesterday a reasoned opinion to Iceland because of the failure to ensure full implementation of Directive 2000/34/EC amending Council Directive 93/104/EC concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time to cover sectors and activities excluded from that Directive.

Certain sectors of activity, such as road, air, sea and rail transport, inland waterways, sea fishing, other work at sea and the activities of doctors in training were excluded from the scope of Directive 93/104/EC, which lays down the minimum safety and health requirements for the organization of working time. Directive 93/104/EC includes, for instance, provisions concerning daily rest, weekly rest periods and maximum working time. Directive 2000/34/EC amends Directive 93/104/EEC so that the latter was extended to cover these excluded sectors.

The EFTA States were to ensure the implementation of Directive 2000/34/EC with regard to doctors in training no later than 1 August 2004.

The Authority has not received any information from Iceland that national measures necessary to comply with the Directive with regard to doctors in training 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.

22 April 2005

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