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Internal Market Scoreboard: None of the EFTA States meet the target



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Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein  show disappointing results in the Internal Market Scoreboard published by the EFTA Surveillance Authority today. Once again, the average transposition deficit of the three EFTA States has increased to 2.0%, compared to an average of 0.5% in the EU Member States and a target of maximum 1.0%.

“The functioning of the Internal Market depends heavily on the States' willingness to timely implement and comply with the common rules, as they have committed to do under the EEA Agreement. The Authority must once again call on the governments of the EFTA States to take the necessary steps to improve this situation”, Ms. Oda Helen Sletnes, president of the Authority, said.

The Scoreboard, published bi-annually, monitors how Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway comply with their transposition obligations under the EEA Agreement. The transposition deficit indicates how many directives containing internal market rules and principles the EEA States have failed to transpose into national legislation within the foreseen deadline.

Iceland's deficit was reduced slightly from 3.1% to 2.8% compared with the previous Scoreboard, but remains the highest among all the 31 EEA States. Iceland had 31 outstanding directives on 31 October 2014, the cut-off date of this scoreboard. Norway's deficit increased from 1.9% to 2.0%, which corresponds to 23 directives that have not been transposed in time.Liechtenstein increased its deficit from 0.7% to 1.2%. Hence, none of the three EFTA States meet the target of a maximum 1% transposition deficit. In comparision, only one of all the 28 EU Member States shows a deficit above the target.

Failure by an EFTA State to implement EEA acts on time is systematically pursued by the Authority through its formal infringement procedure. The last step in this procedure is to lodge a case at the EFTA Court. In 2014, a total of 14 cases regarding failure to implement EEA acts were referred to the Court by the Authority.


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
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