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Internal Market Scoreboard: Member States need to step up their efforts to transpose EU rules
Brussels, 29 September 2011 - At this time of crisis, the Single Market has a key role to play in bringing Europe out of economic stagnation. But whenever one or more Member States fails to write EU rules into national law on time, they leave a void in the EU's legal framework, leading to fragmentation. Consequently, the economic interests of all Member States can suffer if one Member State does not deliver. Today, the European Commission's Internal Market Scoreboard1 shows that Member States urgently need to improve their latest efforts in transposing EU rules. 16 of the 27 EU Member States missed the maximum 1% transposition deficit target set by EU Heads of State and Government in 2007 over the latest reference period (last six months).
This means that, on average, 1.2% of Internal Market Directives for which the transposition deadline has passed are not currently written into national law. In November 2010, this was 0.9%. However, Member States have reduced the average extra time needed to transpose an EU Directive into national law to 5.5 months. A further positive is that, as regards the application of EU law, the number of infringements has fallen by a quarter since 2007. Belgium accounts for the highest number of infringement proceedings launched by the Commission, followed by Greece and Italy. When all enforcement indicators are taken into account, Malta and Latvia continue to be the best overall performers.
Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier said: "There is no doubt that the Single Market is the engine for new growth for our economy. If we want to truly unleash the Single Market's potential to get us back on track, we need to make sure that its laws are properly transposed and applied on the ground - everywhere. There is still room for improvement. We need to work together to deliver it."
Implementation of Internal Market Directives
The Internal Market Enforcement Table
The Enforcement Table highlights that only a small number of Member States perform better than the EU average when various enforcement indicators are taken into account (see annex). Malta and Latvia are the overall best performers.
Special focus: Single Market Act
In April, the Commission launched the Single Market Act. Outlining 12 initiatives for new growth, its aim is to put the European economy back on track (see IP/11/469). Closer monitoring of the implementation of the Single Market rules is identified in the Single Market Act as a precondition for its success. It therefore proposes to strengthen efforts through new numerical benchmarks, such as reducing the transposition deficit target to 0.5%.
The Single Market Forum, which will take place in Krakow (Poland) on 3 and 4 October, will aim to secure a stronger commitment to the transposition and application of the legislation governing the Single Market from key decision makers.
More information on the Scoreboard:
On the Single Market Forum:
Annex: Internal Market Enforcement Table
The Internal Market Enforcement Table combines the most relevant indicators in order to provide a better overview of Member States compliance with the implementation and application of Internal Market legislation.
The Internal Market Scoreboard exercise focuses on Internal Market related legislation. This is a different exercise from the Commission's wider annual report on the general application of EU law (see IP/11/1131).