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Transposition and Infringements (Iceland)

It is to be noted that the Single Market acquis applicable in EEA EFTA States does not coincide exactly with that applicable in EU Member States. This situation arises from the time lag between the adoption or abrogation of legal acts by the EU and their incorporation into or deletion from the EEA Agreement.

Any comparison of the results from the two different Scoreboards (this one and the EEA EFTA Scoreboard) has to take this difference into account. For more information on Iceland’s performance, please see the EFTA Surveillance Authority’s Internal Market Scoreboard.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Transposition deficit: 1.2% (last report: 0.6%) – increase by 0.6 percentage point since December 2019 and now above both the 1% target and the EEA EFTA average.   
EEA EFTA average: 0.8%

Overdue directives: 10 (last report: 5) and 1 more than 2 years overdue.

Average delay: 14.3 months (last report: 16.8 months) – decrease by 2.5 months.
EEA EFTA average: 30.6 months

Conformity deficit: 0% (last report: 0%) – stable result and perfect score.
EEA EFTA average: 0%

Evolution of infringement cases


Pending cases: 19 (last report: 16) – increase by 3 cases since December 2019.   
EEA EFTA average: 17 pending cases

Problematic sector: Food and feed safety, Animal health and welfare / Right of establishment / Goods other / Miscellaneous goods (3 each)

Average case duration: 39.2 months (last report: 34.9 months) – increase by 4.3 months.
EEA EFTA average: 42 months

Compliance with Court rulings: 21.8 months (last report: 18.7 months) – increase by 3.1 months.
EEA EFTA average: 18.5 months

Internal Market Information System (Iceland)

Performance – Iceland performed very well.

  • Iceland significantly improved the answering time, reaching the best result in the EEA.
  • Significant efforts were made to improve the time taken to accept requests, but the indicator remained below the EEA average.
  • Similar to previous year, counterparts responding to both surveys expressed 100% satisfaction.
Requests accepted within one week (%)
Requests answered by the deadline agreed in IMI (%)
Satisfaction with timeliness of replies - as rated by counterparts (%)
Satisfaction with efforts made - as rated by counterparts (%)
Speed in answering requests (days)

EURES (Iceland)

National provider: Vinnumálastofnun (Directorate of Labour)

Compliance: Not compliant

Performance: data on JVs and CVs should be transferred to the EURES portal.

Your Europe (Iceland)

The EU has set up a single digital gateway providing access to information, to procedures and to assistance and problem-solving services.

The specific regulation setting up the single digital pathway is Regulation 2018/1724 of 2 October 2018. Article 29 of the Regulation establishes establishes a group to coordinate work on the gateway. The gateway coordination group will meet in different configurations, with one devoted to information that meets twice a year. The other two configurations are dedicated to ICT and e-procedures and assistance services.

The information group continues the work of the former Your Europe Editorial Board. This is to ensure that the gateway coordination group’s work does not overlap with that of other expert groups or sub-groups.

2020 – year of transition

In 2020, the Single Digital Gateway Regulation took effect. All member states have made significant efforts to meet the regulation’s requirements related to the Your Europe portal, namely by notifying national websites relating to areas covered in Annex I of the regulation. During 2021, these websites are gradually being made available from Your Europe.

Because 2020 was a year of transition, no evaluation of different countries has been made in this year’s edition of the Single Market Scoreboard. During 2021, the Commission and national coordinators will identify relevant indicators for use in future scoreboards.

SOLVIT (Iceland)

  • Caseloadvery small
    Submitted cases – 4 (no cases in 2019)
    Received cases – 3 (1 in 2019)
  • Cases not accepted – 5 (2 in 2019)

  • Resolution rate – 100% (100% in 2019)
  • Handling time (home centre)
    Reply in 7 days: 50% (no cases in 2019) – very poor
    Cases prepared in 30 days: 100% (no cases in 2019) - good
    Solutions accepted within 7 days: 50% (no cases in 2019) – very poor
  • Cases not accepted within 30 days:  20% (0% in 2019) - very poor

  • Handling time (lead centre)
    Cases accepted within 7 days:  100% (0% in 2019) good
    Cases closed in 10 weeks:  100% (0% in 2019) – good
  • Staffing
    urgent requiring action

Technical Regulations Information System (Iceland)

Public procurement (Iceland)

Overall, Iceland’s performance in 2020 was satisfactory. For further information and the methodology applied, please see the section on Public procurement performance.

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