Scoreboard, July 2005

The EFTA Surveillance Authority's 16th Internal Market Scoreboard shows that:

  • overall, the EFTA States are performing well with regard to implementation of EEA rules (acquis communautaire). The transposition deficit for the three EFTA States is now 1.4%. The corresponding figure for the EU-25 Member States is 1.9%;
  • Liechtenstein has reduced its deficit of directives that are not implemented on time to 1.7%, from 2.7% half a year ago. With this improvement, Liechtenstein is ranked number 16 when compared with the 28 EEA States;
  • Iceland's deficit remains unchanged at 1.4%. Iceland is now placed number eight among the EEA States; and
  • Norway transposition deficit has increased and now stands at 1.2%. This means that Norway's is now ranked sixth among the EEA States.

The Scoreboard also shows that Liechtenstein needs to speed up its transposition of EEA rules regulating the financial services sector. Six out of 14 directives in this field are not yet fully implemented in that country.

The number of open infringement proceedings initiated by the Authority against the EFTA States has increased over the last half year, but is still low when compared with similar figures for the EU States. Of all open cases, 30% concern Iceland, 28% Liechtenstein and 43% Norway.

What is the EFTA Internal Market Scoreboard?

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 Member States. The transposition data in the Scoreboard reflects the situation as of 31 May 2005.

The European Economic Area (EEA) is based on common rules whose aim is to facilitate the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital. When the EEA States fail to transpose EEA legislation timely and correctly, citizens and businesses are deprived of their rights under the EEA Agreement, and the Internal Market will not function as intended.

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