Iceland’s Agricultural Imports Law Breaks EEA Law

Iceland’s Agricultural Imports Law Breaks EEA Law

1939803_10203029542477066_2004537775_n_opt
Photos by
Keith Weller/USDA/Wikimedia Commons

Published September 15, 2016

Iceland’s protectionist agricultural laws are in breach of European Economic Area (EEA) laws concerning veterinary checks in EEA trade.

The European Free Trade Agreement Surveillance Authority (ESA) announced that they have come to a “reasoned opinion” on the matter, in particular with how Iceland applies agricultural law to the importing of raw eggs and raw egg products, unpasteurised milk and dairy products processed from unpasteurised milk.

“Importers must apply for a permit and submit documentation to the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority,” the announcement reads in part. “ESA considers this authorisation procedure to be in breach of Directive 89/662/EEC concerning veterinary checks in EEA trade. The main objective of the directive is to reinforce health checks at the product’s point of origin while limiting controls at the place of destination to non-discriminatory veterinary spot-checks. By requiring importers to apply for import permits and imposing additional requirements, the Icelandic legislation imposes additional checks that go beyond the types of checks permitted under this directive.”

The case is similar to another set of laws the ESA believes are in breach of EEA laws: the importing of raw meat. In that case, EFTA Court ruled that Iceland does not have the right “to enact rules demanding that an importer of raw meat products applies for a special permit before the products are imported.”

As such, should this decision also reach EFTA court, it is likely that the court will rule similarly. However, when Iceland will change its agricultural laws accordingly is still unknown.


News
Psychiatrist Blames Women For Revenge Porn, Internet Ignites

Psychiatrist Blames Women For Revenge Porn, Internet Ignites

by

An elderly, male psychiatrist offered his opinion that women alone are to blame for the existence of revenge porn, and

News
Mývatn Being Slowly Destroyed By Tourism

Mývatn Being Slowly Destroyed By Tourism

by

Hotel owners around Mývatn and the Laxá river area profit from the location, at the expense of the preservation of

News
DILL Becomes First Icelandic Restaurant To Earn Michelin Star

DILL Becomes First Icelandic Restaurant To Earn Michelin Star

by

The restaurant DILL, lauded by Grapevine on numerous occasions, has now earned the distinction of being the first Icelandic restaurant

News
Trump Was Right: Inside The Swedish Dystopia

Trump Was Right: Inside The Swedish Dystopia

by

US President Donald J. Trump recently gave a speech in Melbourne, Florida wherein he alluded to “what’s happening in Sweden

News
Court Confirms: No Jail For False Passports

Court Confirms: No Jail For False Passports

by

Reykjanes District Court took into consideration changes made to immigration law, which went into effect last January 1, when sentencing

News
Cloth Menstrual Pads Are Popular Again

Cloth Menstrual Pads Are Popular Again

by

Multiple-use, cloth menstrual pads are gaining in popularity once again, and one Icelander is making and selling her own. “We

Show Me More!