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Internal Market Scoreboard: Steps in the right direction



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Norway has performed better than ever in the Internal Market Scoreboard published by the EFTA Surveillance Authority today. Iceland has also moved in the right direction, but needs to improve further. Liechtenstein too has demonstrated an improvement in its overall performance.

UPDATE 07/10/2015: The correct transposition deficit for Norway is 0%, meaning Norway has no directives overdue for implementation. This press release has been updated with the correct numbers.

UPDATE 08/10/2015: The full report has been updated with the correct numbers.

Chart showing the transposition deficit of the EFTA States over the past five years.

Mr. Sven Erik Svedman, President of the Authority, noted: «Norway has clearly been successful in its strategy for reducing the transposition deficit, and must be lauded for its efforts. Even if we welcome positive signs, Iceland still has a long way to go. Timely and correct implementation of new EEA legislation is a pre-condition for a well-functioning internal market – to the benefit of businesses as well as individuals – and for the continued trust of the other parties to the EEA Agreement. Once again, therefore, we must urge Iceland to do its utmost 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

With a transposition deficit of 0%, compared to 2.0% in the previous scoreboard, Norway had the best performance of all the 31 EEA States. Iceland significantly improved its result, from 2.8% to 2.1%, however this remains the highest deficit by far in the whole EEA. While Liechteinstein's deficit decreased from 1.2% to 1.1%, there is still room for improvement as only five EEA States show a higher deficit.

The average transposition deficit of the three EFTA States is now at 1.1%, compared to an average of 0.7% in the EU Member States.

Overview of main findings

  Transposition deficit
(May 15)
Transposition deficit
(Nov 14)
Overdue directives Directives overdue by more than 2 years Overdue regulations (May 15) Overdue regulations (Nov 14)
Iceland 2.1% 2.8% 21 6 22 34
Liechtenstein 1.1% 1.2% 11 3    
Norway 0% 2.0% 0 0 9 20
average 1.1% 2.0%          

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.



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