Iceland has failed to implement a directive on labeling and standard product information on energy consumption into its national legislation before the June 1, 2013 deadline, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) announced yesterday. Therefore, the matter will be brought before the EFTA Court.
The Labeling Directive 2010/30/EU establishes a framework for the harmonization of national measures on labeling and standard product information regarding energy consumption. Its objective is to improve consumers’ possibility to assess the energy efficiency of certain products, the ESA explains.
Lodging a case at the EFTA Court is the last step in a formal infringement procedure against an EFTA State. Prior to this, Iceland has been informed about the ESA’s view and has had a chance to bring forward its arguments as well as to settle the case by complying within the applicable deadline.
False food labeling has been a hot topic in the Icelandic media since the horse meat scandal. Tests revealed that food labels were often insufficient if not plain wrong. The country of origin was also often missing from labels and sometimes they falsely indicated that imported products originated in Iceland.
Last week, the ESA announced that Iceland had also failed to incorporate a regulation on the liability of carriers of passengers by sea in the event of accidents into its national legislation within the applicable time limit, which will also result in a court case.
Further, as earlier reported, the ESA concluded that Iceland’s limitation on the import of fresh meat is in breach of EEA law.