PR(03)08: EFTA Surveillance Authority publishes Annual Report and Internal Market Scoreboard No. 12
Today, the EFTA Surveillance Authority publishes its ninth Annual Report. The report provides a concise picture of the functioning of the EEA Agreement in the three EFTA States. At the same time, and in parallel with the European Commission, the Authority publishes its 12th Internal Market Scoreboard.
The Annual Report gives an account of all the major cases dealt with by the Authority in 2002. The report also explains the basic principles of the EEA Agreement and provides statistics on the status of EEA legislation in the EFTA States, as well as on the Authority’s case-handling.
The Authority’s Internal Market Scoreboards measure how the EFTA States succeed in implementing Internal Market rules and principles.
The 12th Scoreboard illustrates that the EFTA States have intensified their efforts to reduce their transposition deficits, i.e. the number of legislative measures that are not transposed into the national legal order on time. The transposition deficit for the EFTA States is now 1.2%, which is down from 1.5% last November. Of the EFTA States, Norway performs the best, with a deficit of. 0.7%. Liechtenstein has improved to 1.2 %, down from 2.1% in November. Iceland has slipped back to 1.8%, and has thus failed to meet the common EEA target rate of 1.5%.
Compared with the other EEA States, the EFTA States do well. Out of the 18, Norway is 2nd behind Denmark, Liechtenstein is ranked 5th together with Spain, and Iceland is sharing 8th place with Belgium.
The sectors in which legislative action is needed in order for the EFTA States to improve, are first of all for Iceland, the fields of foodstuffs and veterinary matters. For Liechtenstein, the financial services and electronic communications services sectors need improvement. Both countries should also improve their transposition of directives in the field of environment. Norway has outstanding directives, inter alia, in the fields of transport and veterinary matters.
The Scoreboard also examines the number of infringement cases that the Authority has initiated against the EFTA States. Iceland has seen a 61% increase in the number of cases against it since November 2002. For Liechtenstein and Norway, the number of cases has gone down. The number of infringement cases against the EFTA States is still low compared with the number of such cases against the other EEA States.
Both the Annual Report and the Internal Market Scoreboard are available online at the Authority’s website: www.eftasurv.int. For further information, please contact Mr. Tor Arne Solberg-Johansen, Press and Information Officer, on tel. +32 2 286 1866.
5 May 2002