Internal Market

Internal Market Affairs

The European Economic Area (EEA) unites the 28 EU Member States and three participating EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) in an internal market governed by the same basic rules. These rules aim to enable goods, services, capital and persons to move freely across the EEA in an open and competitive environment. One of the main tasks of the EFTA Surveillance Authority is to monitor the EFTA States' obligations to incorporate internal market rules into their domestic law, and to apply the rules correctly.

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Hospital treatment in other EEA States

The Norwegian system for access to hospital (“in-patient”) treatment in other EEA States is not in line with EEA law. This is the preliminary conclusion drawn by the EFTA Surveillance Authority in a letter of formal notice sent to Norway.

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Veterinary inspections

The Authority regularly preform on-the-spot inspections to ensure that the EFTA Countries apply EEA legislation correctly within the field of food and feed safety, animal health and welfare. Findings are published in reports by the Authority

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Internal Market Scoreboard

Twice yearly the Authority publishes the Internal Market Scoreboard. The Scoreboard keeps track of implementation by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway of internal market directives.

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Ban on fresh meat import

The Icelandic legislation currently applicable to the importation of fresh meat, meat preparations and other meat products from other EEA States is in breach of EEA law.

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Ownership of fish farms

Fish farm (Photo by: Willy Haraldsen / Samfoto)

Norway has repealed certain ownership restrictions in its fish farming industry following the Authority's handling of a complaint concerning the matter

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