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Norway, Iceland Scolded For Inadequate Port Facilities

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

23 July 2013


Iceland and Norway have been reprimanded by the European Free Trade Association's Surveillance Authority for failing to ensure adequate port-reception facilities for the handling of ship-generated waste.

In two reasoned opinions issued to the nations in July, the Authority addressed their failure to properly implement Directive 2000/59/EC which requires that nations ensure that discharges of ship-generated waste and cargo residues are substantially reduced. The Authority has requested that Norway and Iceland improve the availability, and ensure the use of, port reception facilities to enhance the protection of the marine environment.

In the summer of 2010, the European Maritime Safety Agency undertook inspections in Iceland and Norway on behalf of the EFTA Surveillance Authority. The purpose was to monitor the extent to which the port reception facilities systems fulfil the specific provisions of the Directive.

Even though both states have transposed most of the provisions of the Directive, the inspection revealed several shortcomings. Iceland and Norway do not provide adequate port reception facilities in all of their ports, the investigations found, and control procedures regarding the ships' obligations are not enforced.

A reasoned opinion is the second stage of EFTA's infringement procedure. The Authority can bring the matter before the EFTA Court if the State fails to comply with the reasoned opinion within two months.

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