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Internal Market Scoreboard: The EEA EFTA States continue to perform well



Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway continue to do well when it comes to timely transposition of  Internal Market directives into national law. All three States are within the target and have on average a better score than the 27 EU Member States.

The latest version of The Internal Market Scoreboard, published today, shows that the average transposition deficit of the three EEA EFTA States has increased from 0.6% to 0.9%. Still, all the three States are below the deficit target of 1%. 

“The EFTA States are among the top performers in the EEA area, and that should be applauded. It is of great importance that the common EEA rules are implemented and applied at the same time in each of the 30 EEA States”, says Oda Helen Sletnes, 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.

Norway increased its deficit from 0.2% in May, up to 1%. Norway's transposition delay, however, decreased from 8.6 months to 4.4 months.

The transposition deficit for Liechtenstein, at 0.8%, increased only slightly compared to the time of the previous Scoreboard. Liechtenstein was able to reduce its transposition delay by 2.6 months, bringing the delay to 1.7 months.

Iceland remained the same as at the time of the previous Scoreboard at 1.0%. However, its transposition delay increased by 2 months.

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

Iceland's number of overdue regulations remained the same as at the time of the previous Scoreboard, at 16. In Norway, the number increased by one regulation, to a total of 14.

The Internal Market Scoreboard, published bi-annually since 1997, not only monitors 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.


For further information, please contact:


Trygve Mellvang-Berg
Press & Information Officer
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
Mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187



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