Brussels, 8 October 2012
Internal Market Scoreboard: Member States have improved their performance
At this time of crisis, the Single Market has a key role to play in bringing Europe out of economic stagnation. Timely transposition of legislation is a necessary condition for achieving the policy objectives of the directives. The European Commission's Internal Market Scoreboard published today shows that Member States have made an effort in transposing EU rules into national law. After the increase recorded in May and November 2011 (1.2%), the European average transposition deficit – the percentage of Internal Market Directives that have not been written into national law in time – is now back to 0.9%, i.e. below the target agreed by the European Heads of State and Government in 2007. In this exercise, sixteen Member States have achieved the 1% target.
Member States have also succeeded in reducing the number of incorrectly transposed directives. This average compliance deficit has fallen from 0.8% six months ago to 0.7% today, coming closer to the 0.5% deficit proposed in the Single Market Act in April 2011. However, they have increased the number of directives for which transposition is overdue by two years or more as well as the average extra time needed to transpose an EU Directive into national law (from 7.9 to 9.1 months).
With regard to the application of EU law, the number of infringements is continuing to decrease, very likely due to the introduction of mechanisms to solve problems of non-compliance with EU law earlier in the process. Italy accounts for the highest number of infringement proceedings launched by the Commission, followed by Greece and Belgium.
When all enforcement indicators are taken into account, Latvia, Estonia, Luxembourg and Lithuania are the best overall performers.
Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier said: "The Single Market is the engine of new growth but this can only work if all countries apply the rules correctly. I welcome the progress made in transposing EU law by Member States."
Implementation of Internal Market Directives
Special focus: Single Market Governance
In its Communication on Better Governance for the Single Market, the Commission proposed a series of measures to strengthen governance in the Single Market (see IP/12/587), identifying key areas likely 'to bring about the most significant gains in growth and jobs'. In these areas, the Commission requested the Member States to commit to 'zero tolerance' when it comes to transposition of directives and it announced that it will use its enforcement powers more vigorously and requested the cooperation of the Member States to ensure that breaches of EU law are swiftly brought to an end within eighteen months, or twelve months in case of second referral. In future editions, the Internal Market Scoreboard will monitor the compliance of these new benchmarks.
The Commission will prepare an annual report on the integration of the Single Market, which will focus on the way the Single Market works in practice, particularly in these key areas. This report will provide input for country-specific recommendations in the context of the European semester process.
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.