Scoreboard 1-2, May 1998

In October 1997 the EFTA Surveillance Authority made for the first time available to the public its “Interim Report on Transposition Status of Directives”, setting forth tabular information on the status of transposition by the EFTA States of all the Directives that were at that time part of the EEA Agreement. The Authority indicated that in the future it would issue Interim Reports twice a year.

The objective of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) is to establish a dynamic and homogeneous European Economic Area between the EU Member States and the EFTA States parties to the Agreement (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), based on common rules and equal conditions of competition.  To this end, the fundamental four freedoms of the internal market of the European Community, as well as a wide range of accompanying Community rules and policies, are extended to the participating EFTA States.

The task of the EFTA Surveillance Authority is to ensure, together with the European Commission, the fulfilment of the obligations set out in the EEA Agreement.  The Agreement contains both basic provisions and secondary Community legislation (EEA acts).  New EEA acts are included in the Agreement through decisions of the EEA Joint Committee.

In October 1997 the EFTA Surveillance Authority made for the first time available to the public its “Interim Report on Transposition Status of Directives”, setting forth tabular information on the status of transposition by the EFTA States of all the Directives that were at that time part of the EEA Agreement.  The Authority indicated that in the future it would issue Interim Reports twice a year.  The tables in the Interim Reports are up-dates of those presented at the beginning of the respective year in the Authority's Annual Report.  The data is derived from the Authority's Acquis Implementation Database (AIDA).

The European Commission issued its first Single Market Scoreboard in November 1997.  Following the publication of the Authority's Annual Report'97 in February this year, the Commission informed the Authority that the Internal Market Ministers of the EU Member States had expressed interest in having comparable statistics on the transposition record of the EFTA States, to be set alongside the figures in the Commission's Scoreboard.

The Authority responded positively to the Commission's request and informed the EFTA States thereof.  As the Commission had done earlier with respect to the EU Member States, the Authority requested the EFTA States to submit their transposition programmes regarding the Directives which had not been implemented or had only been partially implemented.

The present document contains both the “Single Market Scoreboard - EFTA States No 1-2” (the double numbering has been given to bring the numbering of the subsequent EFTA Scoreboards in line with that of the Commission), and the first of the 1998 issues of the “Interim Report on Transposition Status of Directives”.

 




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