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The European Commission on the Norwegian rental ban: Violates the EEA Agreement

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In 2022, a ban on letting was introduced on all building sites in Oslo and the surrounding area. Now the European Commission believes that the hiring ban violates the EEA Agreement. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB

Of NTB | 05/02/2024 15:54:28

Policy: Thus, the Norwegian rental ban is a breach of the EEA agreement, writes the commission in a consultation response to the EFTA court, according to Aftenposten.

Twelve temp agencies have taken legal action against the Norwegian state because they believe the hiring ban the government has introduced violates the EEA agreement.

It happened after EFTA’s monitoring body Esa in July last year opened a case against Norway regarding the hiring ban. The temp agencies are now demanding NOK 50 million from the state in compensation for lost income.

The case is now before the Oslo district court, which has asked the EFTA court for guidance in the EEA court in the area.

On 19 June, the EFTA Court will hold an oral hearing in Luxembourg. So far, five parties have made written submissions, including the European Commission, which therefore advocates scrapping the Norwegian ban.

In 2022, the government removed the option companies have to use subletting when the work is of a temporary nature. In addition, a total ban on the use of hiring in the construction industry was introduced in Oslo, Akershus, Østfold, Buskerud and Vestfold.

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