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How are the EEA EFTA States performing in the internal market?



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Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway all have an increase in the number of EEA directives and regulations not fully implemented into national law

ESA publishes a Scoreboard twice a year to give an overview of how many directives and regulations still need to be implemented in the EEA EFTA States. ESA monitors their compliance with EEA law, to ensure the full benefits of the EEA Agreement for all stakeholders. A functioning internal market stimulates competition and trade for businesses. This contributes to improved living and working conditions for all citizens.

The 44th Internal Market Scoreboard shows the situation as at the end of May 2019 and indicates an increase in the number of overdue directives and regulations, increasing the average transposition deficits. The transposition deficit indicates how many directives and regulations the EFTA States have failed to implement into national law on time.

  • Iceland has six overdue directives, half of which have been outstanding for more than two years. The number of overdue regulations also increased from 35 to 38, resulting in a transposition deficit for regulations of 1.2 percent. Half of these outstanding regulations fall within the financial services and the environment sectors.
  • Liechtenstein has seven outstanding directives, increasing its deficit from 0.6 percent to 0.9 percent. Five of these, all relating to driving licenses, have been outstanding for more than two years.
  • Norway has increased its transposition deficit for directives from 0.1 percent to 0.4 percent since the last Scoreboard. The number of regulations that still need to be incorporated into national law has increased significantly from 3 to 17.

Find the Scoreboard and all further information here: 44th Internal Market Scoreboard of the EEA EFTA States.

For further information, please contact:
Øystein Solvang
Head of Communications
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