Scoreboard, February 2006

The EFTA Surveillance Authority's 17th Internal Market Scoreboard shows that:[1]

The EFTA States' average transposition deficit is 1.6%, up from 1.4% six months earlier, and thereby above the interim target of 1.5% This negative development is caused by Liechtenstein and Iceland having increased their backlog of directives which have not been transposed on time.

  • Iceland's transposition deficit has gone up from 1.4% to 1.9%. With this increase Iceland is now placed 22nd out of the 28 EEA States.
  • Liechtenstein has increased its deficit from 1.7% to 2.1%, ending up as number 23 out of the EEA 28.
  • Norway has succeeded in reducing the number of overdue directives, hereby bringing down its transposition deficit to 0.8% from 1.2%. Norway now ranks number 4 out of the EEA 28.

The transposition deficit for the Directives included in the Financial Services Action Plan is 11% for Iceland, 17% for Norway and 33% for Liechtenstein.

Over the last eight years, the EFTA States have reduced their transposition deficit by 71%.

The number of infringement proceedings initiated by the Authority against the EFTA States remains stable. 50 cases are open against Norway, 36 against Liechtenstein, and 30 against Iceland.

Correct and timely implementation of common rules by the 28 EEA States is essential to ensure that the rights of their citizens and businesses can be enjoyed in full. The European Economic Area (EEA) is an extension of the Internal Market of the Europen Union to Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Agreement.

Published biannually, the Scoreboard measures how well the EFTA States  transpose and implement Internal Market rules and principles, laid down in directives, into national legislation. The Report is issued in parallel with the European Commission's Internal Market Scoreboard, which provides similar information for the 25 EU Member States.


[1]The transposition data in the Scoreboard reflects the situation as of 30 November 2005.




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