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How are Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein performing in the Internal Market?



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Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway maintain a good performance on implementing EEA directives. The aim is to support a well-functioning homogeneous internal market.

ESA has today published the 45th Internal Market Scoreboard. These Scoreboards are published twice a year to give an overview of how many directives and regulations still need to be implemented in the EEA EFTA States.

Citizens' rights

Late or incorrect implementation can deprive businesses and citizens in the EEA of their rights. The transposition deficit indicates how many directives and regulations Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have failed to communicate as implemented on time. ESA is looking towards applying a benchmark of 0.5 percent in line with the Commission's proposed target.

Iceland and Norway have improved their performance in transposing directives into national law, whilst Liechtenstein's deficit remains the same, resulting in an overall reduction in the average percentage of outstanding directives for the EEA EFTA States.

Performance of the EEA EFTA States

Iceland has improved its transposition deficit for directives since the last Scoreboard down from 0.7 to 0.6 percent. A total of five directives were overdue, two of which have been outstanding for more than two years. The number of regulations which had not been fully implemented into national law on time increased, from 38 to 47. This results in a deficit of 1.5 percent for regulations.

Liechtenstein‘s transposition deficit for directives has remained the same at 0.9 percent since the last Scoreboard. Liechtenstein had seven directives outstanding, five of which relate to driving licenses.

Norway maintains its good result from the previous Scoreboard, with a deficit for directives of 0.3 percent, which has gone down from 0.4 percent since the last Scoreboard. Two directives had not been fully transposed on time. One of these directives, in the social security sector, has been outstanding for over 18 months. The number of regulations that had not been fully implemented into national law on time also went down, from 17 to 15. Over half of those are in the goods sector. This results in a deficit of 0.5 percent for regulations.

Updated version

Later in the year, ESA will publish an updated version of this Scoreboard, in parallel with the EU, comparing the EEA EFTA States' performance to the other EEA States.

Find the 45th Internal Market Scoreboard of the EEA EFTA States here.

ESA's role

ESA monitors their compliance with EEA law, to ensure the full benefits of the EEA Agreement for all stakeholders. A well-functioning internal market stimulates competition and trade for businesses. This contributes to improved living and working conditions for all citizens.

For further information, please contact:

Øystein Solvang
Head of Communications
mob. +32 490 57 63 53

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