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PR(01)25: Single market scoreboard EFTA States - no 9

18.9.2002

On 19 November 2001, the EFTA Surveillance Authority made public its Single Market Scoreboard EFTA States - No 9, which was prepared at the same time as the Commission’s Internal Market Scoreboard No 9.

The results on implementation of EEA directives in the Scoreboard indicate the following:

·        A comparison of the 18 EEA States’ performance concerning timely implementation of directives shows that Iceland holds 6th place, Norway is in 7-8th place and Liechtenstein is in 10-11th place.

·        Iceland and Norway have improved most since publication of the last Scoreboard, whereas Liechtenstein is losing momentum.

·        The average transposition deficit of the EFTA States is 1,8%, compared to EU’s 2,0%.

·        The fragmentation factor (directives not transposed by all States) currently stands at 3,9% (down from 6,6%) in the EFTA States, compared to 10% in the EU. Despite this positive development, the Single Market is still highly fragmented, which leads to obstacles to trade and limits rights for individuals and business operators.

·        The EFTA States are doing worse in the field of Social Policy than in general.

·        The EFTA States’ performance in the field of Environment has deteriorated significantly since the last Scoreboard and is inferior to the average, which indicates that these States have been giving less attention to this sector.

As for infringement proceedings, the Scoreboard displays the following picture:

·        Among the EFTA States most open infringement cases due to non-conformity or incorrect application are against Norway (35) whereas 16 cases are pending against Iceland and 15 against Liechtenstein.  This puts Liechtenstein and Iceland in the most favourable position in the EEA, while Norway occupies a shared 4th position.

·        The majority of infringement cases are solved within two years and three out of every four cases are solved within three years.

·        The proportion of cases closed after receipt of letters of formal notice shows that, of the 18 EEA States, Iceland is doing best in solving cases at an early stage in the proceedings, whereas Norway and Liechtenstein are among the laggards.

The Single Market Scoreboard - EFTA States No 9may be found on the EFTA website (www.efta.int) or obtained directly from the Authority (tel. +32 2 286 18 72).  For further information, please contact Mr. Jónas Fr. Jónsson, Director (tel. +32 2 286 18 60).

Also available on the website is information extracted from the Authority's Acquis Implementation Database (AIDA), which i.a. gives information on the implementation status of directives relevant to the EEA Agreement, the national legal measures notified by each EFTA State as implementing the directives, and on the Authority’s actions in cases of non-implementation and partial implementation.

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