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Internal Market Scoreboard: Iceland and Liechtenstein must improve their performance



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Once again, Norway has achieved a perfect implementation score in the Internal Market Scoreboard, published by the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) today. Iceland has demonstrated further progress but still has much work to do. Liechtenstein's performance continues to deteriorate slightly since the previous scoreboard.

Chart showing the transposition deficit of the EEA States.

Mr. Sven Erik Svedman, President of ESA, noted: “Norway has continued success in its strategy for eradicating the transposition deficit, and provides an example for other EEA States. Iceland still has a long way to go. Unfortunately, Liechtenstein's deficit has further increased since the last scoreboard. A well-functioning Internal Market benefits both businesses as well as individuals. However, it only functions if the States are willing to comply with the common rules, as they have committed to under the EEA Agreement. ESA therefore urges Iceland and Liechtenstein to take the necessary steps to improve the situation.”

The Internal Market Scoreboard, published twice per year, monitors how Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway comply with their transposition obligations under the EEA Agreement and in comparison to the EU Member States. The deficit figure indicates how many directives containing internal market rules and principles the EEA States have failed to make part of their national legal order within the prescribed deadline.

Norway has the lowest transposition deficit of all EEA States

Matching its performance in the previous Scoreboard with a transposition deficit of 0%, Norway has once again the best performance of all the 31 EEA States. Iceland still has the highest deficit by far in the whole EEA with 1.8%, compared to 2.1% in the previous scoreboard. Liechtenstein's deficit increased from 1.1% to 1.2% and only four EEA States show a higher deficit. Therefore, there is still a need for improvement in both Iceland and Liechtenstein.

 Overview of main findings

  Transposition deficit (Nov 15) Transposition deficit (May 15) Overdue directives Directives overdue by more than 2 years Overdue regulations (Nov 15) Overdue regulations (May 15)
Iceland 1.8% 2.1% 16 2 34 22
Liechtenstein[1] 1.2% 1.1% 11 3 N/A N/A
Norway 0% 0% 0 0 5 9
average 1.% 1.1%           

The transposition deficit is one of several different indicators used in the Internal Market Scoreboard to measure the EEA States' compliance with implementation and application of Internal Market rules. For a complete overview, download the full report below.


For further information, please contact:

Gabrielle Somers
Acting Director of the Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Phone number. (+32)(0)2 286 18 76
Mobile. (+32) 491 86 32 87 

[1] Regulations become applicable in Liechtenstein as soon as they have been incorporated into the EEA Agreement and there is no need for any further steps to be taken to make them part of national law. As figures on overdue regulations are not relevant for Liechtenstein.

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