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Internal Market Scoreboard: Best results ever recorded

27.2.2012

PR(12)10

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway achieve their best average result ever in the latest version of the Internal Market Scoreboard. All three States are within the target set by the EU and have on average a better score than the 27 EU Member States.

The Scoreboard published today, shows that the three EEA EFTA States are among the top performers when it comes to timely transposition of Internal Market directives into national law.  Their average transposition deficit has decreased from 0.9% to 0.5%. All the three States are well below the deficit target of 1%.  In comparison, the EU Member States' average transposition deficit remained at 1.2%

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

“These are very good results for Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. I hope the three States will continue to perform at this level,” says Oda Helen Sletnes, the President of the EFTA Surveillance Authority.

Iceland halved its deficit from the time of the previous Scoreboard to 0.5%. This is Iceland's lowest score ever. Its transposition delay increased only slightly by 0.2 months.

Norway decreased its deficit from 1% to 0.6%. Norway's transposition delay, however, increased from 4.4 months to 8.5 months.

The transposition deficit for Liechtenstein, at 0.4%, decreased slightly compared to the time of the previous Scoreboard and reached an all time low. Liechtenstein, however, increased its transposition delay by 2.6 months, bringing the delay to 4.3 months.

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

Iceland's number of overdue regulations decreased since the previous Scoreboard, from 16 to 11. For Norway, the number decreased by six regulations, to a total of 8.

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.

The Scoreboard shows that the total number of such pending infringement proceedings against the EEA EFTA States increased from 63 to 74 cases. 

See the full Scoreboard here.

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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