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Internal Market Scoreboard: Best score ever for the EEA EFTA States



Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are all within the target when it comes to timely transposition of  Internal Market directives into national law. The latest average score of the three States is the best ever recorded.


The latest version of The Internal Market Scoreboard, published today, shows that the average transposition deficit of the three EEA EFTA States decreased to the lowest ever rate of 0.6%. All the three States achieved the deficit target of 1%. 

“Tribute should be paid to the EFTA States' governments on this achievement. The successful operation of the EEA Agreement depends on the uniform implementation and application of the common rules in each of the 30 EEA States”, says Per Sanderud, the President of the EFTA Surveillance Authority.

The transposition deficit is the percentage of directives, in relation to the total number of directives, not notified on time to the Authority. The average of the three States is below that of the 27 EU Member States.

Norway reduced its deficit from 0.4% to an applaudable 0.2%, its best result ever.

The transposition deficit for Liechtenstein, at 0.5%, remained the same as at the time of the previous Scoreboard. Liechtenstein was able to reduce its transposition delay by two months.

Iceland reduced its deficit from 1.3% to 1.0%. Accordingly, for the first time since 2003, Iceland reached the 1% interim target.  

Iceland had one directive overdue by more than two years, Liechtenstein and Norway had none.

Iceland reduced the number of overdue regulations by 34, from 50 to 16. In Norway, the number decreased by one regulation, to a total of 13. 

The Internal Market Scoreboard, published bi-annually since 1997, does not only monitor how well the EEA EFTA States comply with their transposition obligations. In addition, the Scoreboard provides information on the number of infringement proceedings initiated against the EEA EFTA States. This concerns failure to transpose or apply EEA legislation correctly, as well as failure to transpose directives and regulations on time.

The total number of infringement cases pursued by the Authority decreased by 14 cases (from 117 to 103) from the time of the previous Scoreboard. The total number of infringement cases concerning the late transposition of directives decreased from 32 to 26 in the same period.


For further information, please contact:

Trygve Mellvang-Berg
Press & Information Officer, Legal & Executive Affairs department
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66


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








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