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PR(04)26: The EFTA Surveillance Authority and the European Commission publish their Internal Market Scoreboards today


The scoreboard figures reveal that despite increased transposition deficits, Norway ranks first together with Denmark, while Iceland and Liechtenstein have slipped to number seven and eleven.

The European Economic Area is based on common rules whose aim is to facilitate the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital. Correct and timely implementation of these common rules by the EEA States is essential to ensure that the citizens and businesses of the EEA States can  be enjoyed in full.

The EFTA Internal Market Scoreboard is a biannual report measuring how well the three EEA EFTA States succeed in implementing Internal Market rules and principles. The report is issued in parallel with the European Commission’s Internal Market Scoreboard, which provides similar information for the 25 EU States.

The EFTA Surveillance Authority concludes that:

  • The EFTA States have increased their transposition deficits since the January 2004 Internal Market Scoreboard. The average for the EFTA States together is now 1.5%, up from 0.9% in January. For the EU States, the deficit has gone down from 2.3% to 2.2%.
  • Norway’s transposition deficit has increased slightly, however at 0.7%, it still has the lowest deficit in the EEA, together with Denmark. Iceland’s transposition deficit has increased, and now just matches the EEA-wide interim target of 1.5%. Liechtenstein’s transposition deficit has gone up to 2.1%, which is above the interim target.
  • The overall number of infringement cases concerning non-conformity or incorrect application is at similar levels as in January, but remains low compared with similar figures for the EU Member States.

The full Report is available on the EFTA Surveillance Authority’s website.


For further information, please contact Mr. Jónas Fr. Jónsson, Director, Internal Market Affairs, tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 60.


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