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PR(07)07: The EFTA Surveillance Authority publishes its Annual Report for 2006

12.3.2007

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today published its Annual Report for 2006, showing, inter alia, that more than half, 57%, of new infringement cases, launched by the Authority at its own initiative or on basis of complaints, concerned the EEA EFTA States – Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway – failure to implement EEA Directives and Regulations on time. 

It also reports that the Authority brought four pending infringement cases before the EFTA Court in 2006:  Two against Norway, concerning gaming machines and industrial concessions (use of waterfalls), respectively, and two against Liechtenstein, concerning certain social security benefits ("Hilflosenentschädigung"), and environmental noises, respectively.

The number of complaints against the EEA EFTA States fell by almost 20% from the previous year.  Of a total of 317 new cases opened during 2006, only 46 were complaints. Norway continues to attract the most complaints, followed by Iceland and Liechtenstein.

For the Authority, special efforts were made to reduce the number of pending cases, which, at the end of the previous year, stood at almost 700 cases. At the end of 2006, the number of pending cases stood at 644. This ongoing process of reducing case load should allow the Authority to free resources to cope with its surveillance functions more effectively.

The Annual Report provides an overview of sectors and individual cases examined by the Authority during 2006, and is available at the Authority's website: www.eftasurv.int


For further information, please contact:
Mr. Erik J. Eidem
Director of Administration
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 90 or (+32)(0)476 91 90 04

12 March 2007




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