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Internal Market Scoreboard: Disappointing results for the EEA EFTA States



Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway could not keep their level of performance from the last version of the Internal Market Scoreboard. The Scoreboard published today, shows that only Liechtenstein remains among the top performers when it comes to timely transposition of Internal Market directives into national law. 

The average transposition deficit of the three EEA EFTA States has increased from 0.5% to 1.2%. In comparison, the EU Member States' average transposition deficit decreased to 0.9% and remained under the target set at 1 %.

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

“The results are disappointing. A constant effort is required by national administrations in order to keep pace with the incorporation of new directives into the EEA Agreement. Failure to do so may undermine the functioning of the Internal Market,” says Oda Helen Sletnes, the President of the EFTA Surveillance Authority.

Iceland more than tripled its deficit from the time of the previous Scoreboard to 1.8%. This is Iceland's worst score since 2008. Its transposition delay decreased only slightly by 4.9 months.

Norway doubled its deficit from 0.6% to 1,3%. Norway's transposition delay, however, decreased from 8.5 months to 0.4 months.

The transposition deficit for Liechtenstein, at 0.5%, increased slightly compared to the time of the previous Scoreboard. Liechtenstein also decreased its transposition delay by 3.6 months, bringing the delay to 0.7 months.

Iceland and Norway had directives overdue by more than two years, Liechtenstein did not.

While doing worse concerning implementation of directives, Iceland's number of overdue regulations decreased slightly from the previous Scoreboard, from 17 to 14. In Norway, the number decreased by 2 regulations, to a total of 3.

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 74 to 109 cases. 

See the full Scoreboard here.


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