Which is what Norway appears to be repeating in respect of the forthcoming EU directive covering safety regulations on offshore oil rigs.
Readers will recall that the EU first announced this directive in October 2011, the subsequent history of which was covered by Richard North, EUReferendum, in this post.
Only two days ago it appears Norway has again voiced its opposition to this directive according to this report in NorwayNews, from which:
“However, Norwegian Petroleum & Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe has previously gone on record as saying the country, which is not an EU member but part of the European Economic Area (EEA), would maintain its existing offshore regulations without any interference from Brussels.
Industry association Norwegian Oil & Gas (NOG) is also reported to be recalcitrant to the proposed measures.
“This can be a good initiative in Europe where new offshore nations such as Cyprus, Malta and Romania can benefit from a harmonised regulatory regime,” NOG consultant Alfred Nordgaard told newswire NTB.
“But in Norway we already have a regime that functions well, so we see little additional value from the EU regulations. These will not contribute to increased safety in the Norwegian oil and gas business.”
From all that we can deduce that it is more than likely Norway will repeat their action of vetoing the implementation of an EU directive – as they did with the Third Postal Directive, which would be another nail driven into the coffin of “government by fax”.
This matter seems to be “bubbling” nicely and is one to watch, methinks.