Scoreboard, July 2007

The EFTA Surveillance Authority's 20th Internal Market Scoreboard for the EEA EFTA States Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, published on 2 July 2007, shows that:

The average transposition deficit of the EEA EFTA States decreased slightly, to 1.2% from 1.4% six months ago.

  • Liechtenstein has decreased its transposition deficit to 1.0% and ends up as number 6 (up from 24) out of the EEA States.
  • Norway's transposition deficit went up to 1,1% from 0.7%. Norway now ranks 11th (down from 7th) out of the EEA States.
  • Iceland's transposition deficit remained the same and thus again coincides with the interim target of 1.5%. Iceland is now placed 18th (up from 21th)out of the EEA States.

The findings in the Scoreboard take into account the 1637 Internal Market directives that were incorporated into the EEA Agreement as per 30 April 2007. The Scoreboard records the transposition status for these directives as of 10 May 2007.

In addition to the transposition deficit, the Scoreboard indicates the number of infringement proceedings initiated against the EEA EFTA States for failure to transpose EEA rules correctly and on time, and for failure in applying the rules correctly. The overall number of infringement proceedings initiated by the Authority against the EEA EFTA States decreased slightly in the last six months. 18 cases are currently pending against Norway (down from 43), 51 cases against Iceland (up from 40), and 25 cases against Liechtenstein (down from 34).

Published biannually, the Scoreboard monitors how well the EEA EFTA States transpose Internal Market directives into national legislation. Correct and timely implementation and application of common rules by the EEA States is essential to ensure that the rights of their citizens and businesses can be enjoyed in full. The EEA Agreement extends the Internal Market of the European Union to Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

The Authority's Scoreboard is issued in parallel with the European Commission's Internal Market Scoreboard, which provides similar information for the EU Member States.

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