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Norway faces wide EU reprisals. Norway is criticised for failing to meet its obligations as an EEA nation by imposing taxes on EU products and not putting 400 directives in place, a forthcoming EU report shows. The EU Commission draft document is due for release later this year. Danish MEP Bendt Bendtsen accuses Norway of acting selfishly. He highlights Norway’s recent deliberate move imposing taxes on EU products including meat and cheese, website euractive.com reports. Denmark, Sweden, and the EU reacted strongly to Norway’s protectionist move when it was first announced.

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Norway faces wide EU reprisals

Published on Wednesday, 30th January, 2013 at 14:21 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last Updated on 30th January 2013 at 14:33.

Norway is criticised for failing to meet its obligations as an EEA nation by imposing taxes on EU products and not putting 400 directives in place, a forthcoming EU report shows.

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The EU Commission draft document is due for release later this year. Danish MEP Bendt Bendtsen accuses Norway of acting selfishly. He highlights Norway’s recent deliberate move imposing taxes on EU products including meat and cheese, website euractive.com reports.

Denmark, Sweden, and the EU reacted strongly to Norway’s protectionist move when it was first announced.

Norway’s imposition of higher punitive tariffs on Danish hydrangeas to a wallet-wilting 72 percent also inflamed the Danes.

In a complaint about protectionism, the country’s Trade and Investment Minister Pia Olsen Dyhr announced she was to take the issue to the EU.

The EU confirms they are now considering implementing punitive measures under the EEA agreement at ‘no-no’ Norway’s naughty food and directive behaviour.

Paal Frisvold from the European Movement, who recently commended UK Prime Minister David Cameron on his speech on a possible 2017 UK referendum on an EU exit, has told Norwegian media that Norway risks being sanctioned in a number of areas if this happens.

This may mean exclusion from the European sea and lorry-transport market, and higher roaming prices for non-Norwegian mobile customers if trans-European cooperation is suspended. Fishing could also be hit.

“It’s a whole new ballgame regarding what’s happening concerning cooperation between Norway and the EU. It’s astounding they [the EU] is drawing up different scenarios for how various sanctions will hit Norway,” he said to broadcaster TV2.

“The EU is tired of delaying tactics. They will signal that the EEA Agreement is not an à la carte deal where we can just choose the parts we like,” he added.

Norway Conservative Party (H) leader Erna Solberg thinks that her oil-rich country was not being active enough regarding European policy.

“It is stupid that we have put ourselves in a situation where our closest partners are so obviously frustrated with us,” Ms Solberg declared.

Norway used to be amongst the top countries when it came to implementing EU directives.




Published on Wednesday, 30th January, 2013 at 14:21 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last updated on 30th January 2013 at 14:33.

This post has the following tags: norwayeu, eeaagreementnorway.





  
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