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PR(08)08: Internal Market Scoreboard for the EEA EFTA States – February 2008


The EFTA Surveillance Authority publishes today its 21st Internal Market Scoreboard for the EEA EFTA States Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Published biannually, the Scoreboard monitors how well the EEA EFTA States transpose Internal Market directives into national legislation.

The Internal Market Scoreboard shows that the average transposition deficit, meaning the number of directives not implemented on time, of the EEA EFTA States has increased, being now 1.7% instead of 1.2% six months ago. The   average result is thus above the current interim target of 1.5% set by the European Council, and used as benchmark by the Authority too, and well above the future deficit target of 1.0%. The EU Member States reduced their average transposition deficit to 1.2% from 1.6% in July 2007.

  • Iceland’stransposition deficit increased significantly from 1.5% to 2.2 %, and the country is now ranked 27th of the EEA States (down from 18th).
  • With a transposition deficit of 1.6%, Liechtenstein is slightly above the interim target, and is ranked 24th of the 30 EEA States (down from 6th).
  • Norway’stransposition deficit also increased since the last Scoreboard and is now 1.3%, up from 1.1%. Compared to the other EEA States, Norway is ranked 22nd (down from 11th).

In absolute terms, the deficits mean that Norway has 22 directives not being transposed on time, while the corresponding figures for Iceland and Liechtenstein are 37 and 27, respectively. Liechtenstein has two directives overdue by more than two years, Iceland and Norway have none. Norway has an average transposition delay of 3 months, Iceland and Liechtenstein of 5 months.

The overall number of infringement cases due to non-conformity or incorrect application of Internal Market rules remains at the same level compared to the previous Scoreboard. In comparison to the EU 27, the number of such infringement proceedings against the EEA EFTA States remains low. However, the number of infringement cases against Iceland due to non-transposition of regulations increased sharply in the last six months.

The Authority’s Scoreboard is issued in parallel with the European Commission’s Internal Market Scoreboard, which provides similar information for the EU Member States.

For further information, please contact:

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


Mr. Inge Hausken Thygesen
Press & Information Officer, Legal & Executive Affairs
Tel: (+32)(0)2 286 16 66


14 February 2008

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