THE COUNCIL of the European Economic Area has noted pressure from European Free Trade Area members, (Iceland, Norway and Leichtenstein), that they should be freed from any affects of the European Union's steel safeguard duty regime, launched as a response to the duties imposed by the Bush administration in the US. The council, meeting in Luxembourg, took "note of the EEA EFTA States' view that they should be exempted from any prolongation of the surveillance system beyond 31 December 2002."

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