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Internal Market Scoreboard: Improving results for the EEA EFTA States

19.2.2013

PR(13)09

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have improved their level of performance since the last version of the Internal Market Scoreboard was published. 

The Scoreboard published today shows that both Liechtenstein and Norway were below the target of a 1% transposition deficit, but Iceland remains among the poorer performers when it comes to timely transposition of Internal Market measures into national law.

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

In comparison, the EU Member States' average transposition deficit continued to decrease, falling from 0.9% to 0.6%.

 “I am pleased to see an improvement, but  the results for the EFTA EEA States are not as good as they should be. A well-functioning Internal Market depends on the national administrations' abilities to continuously implement new EEA law into the national law” Oda Helen Sletnes, the President of the EFTA Surveillance Authority, said.

Iceland's deficit remained the same as at the previous Scoreboard at 1.8%, which was Iceland's worst score since 2008. It also increased its transposition delay by 5 months, from 8 to 13 months.

Norway's deficit nearly halved, from 1.3% to 0.7%. However, the transposition delay in Norway increased considerably, from 0.4 to 7.5 months.

The transposition deficit for Liechtenstein decreased from 0.5% to 0.4%. Like Norway, Liechtenstein's transposition delay saw a significant increase of 6.9 months, rising from 0.7 to 7.6 months.

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

Iceland's number of regulations  overdue for incorporation increased, from the time of the previous Scoreboard, from 25 to 40. In Norway, the number decreased by eight regulations, to a total of 11. 

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 infringement cases pursued by the Authority increased by 89 cases (from 109 to 198) since the previous Scoreboard.

See the full Scoreboard here.


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Trygve Mellvang-Berg
Press & Information Officer
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