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Internal Market Scoreboard: Norway and Liechtenstein among top nine EEA performers


Norway and Liechtenstein are among the best of the 30 EEA countries when it comes to timely transposition of  Internal Market directives into national law. Iceland is still above the target, but has reduced its transposition delay.

The latest version of The Internal Market Scoreboard, published bi-annually since 1997, shows that the average transposition deficit of the three EEA EFTA States is below that of the EU Member States.

The transposition deficit is the percentage of directives, in relation to the total number of directives, not notified on time to the Authority.

With their low transposition deficits of 0.4% and 0.5%, Norway and Liechtenstein comply with the 1.0% interim target, while Iceland's deficit, at 1.3%, is above the target.

Whilst Norway reduced its deficit by 0.1%, Liechtenstein increased its deficit by 0.1% and Iceland's deficit remained the same as at the time of the previous Scoreboard. Norway and Liechtenstein are among the top nine performers in the EEA.

 Both Iceland and Liechtenstein were able to reduce their transposition delays by 3 months, which are now at 10.5 and 6.5 months respectively. Norway's transposition delay, at 4.7, remained the lowest among the EEA EFTA States. Iceland had four directives overdue by more than two years, whilst Liechtenstein and Norway had no such long overdue directives. 

The Internal Market Scoreboard does not only monitor how well the EEA EFTA States comply with their obligations to ensure timely transposition of Internal Market directives and regulations into national law. In addition, the Scoreboard provides information on the number of infringement proceedings initiated against the EEA EFTA States for failure to transpose or apply EEA legislation correctly as well as for failure to transpose directives and regulations on time.

The total number of all open infringement proceedings against the three EEA EFTA States increased by 29 cases, to 117 cases. Almost half of the pending infringement cases concerned late transposition of regulations. Regrettably, the number of such infringement cases against Iceland increased from 37 to 56 from the time of the previous Scoreboard. Similarly, the number of infringement cases concerning late transposition of directives increased from 24 to 32 since the time of the previous Scoreboard.

Read the full scoreboard here.

For further information, please contact:

Trygve Mellvang-Berg
Press & Information Officer
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
GSM: (+32)(0)49 290 0187

Tuula Nieminen
Deputy Director
Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 67


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