Brussels, 19 February 2013
Internal Market Scoreboard: a record-breaking 15th anniversary edition!
Despite the challenging times, Member States have performed better than ever in transposing EU rules into national law on time according to the European Commission's Internal Market Scoreboard published today. The Single Market has a key role to play in bringing Europe out of economic stagnation. But it does not deliver benefits automatically: timely transposition of legislation is a necessary condition for achieving the policy objectives set out in the directives.
The Internal Market Scoreboard was first published fifteen years ago, and today's edition shows great improvements by Member States. The EU average transposition deficit – the percentage of Internal Market Directives that have not been transposed into national law in time – has decreased from 6.3% in 1997 to a record new level of 0.6%, i.e. below the 1% target agreed by the European Heads of State and Government in 2007 and close to the 0.5% deficit proposed in the Single Market Act in April 2011.
"I welcome this new record achieved by the Member States and I am happy with the dynamism and strong commitment they have shown to making enforcement work on the ground. This is the best result ever." said Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier.
Table: average transposition deficit
In this edition, the best performers are Ireland, Malta, Estonia and Sweden, who managed to implement into their national legislation the highest number of directives. Member States have also succeeded in reducing the total number of incorrectly transposed directives (compliance deficit has fallen further from 0.7% to 0.6%). However, they have increased the number of directives for which transposition is overdue by two years or more.
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. Compared to November 2007, the number of open infringements is down by 38%. Italy accounts for the highest number of infringement proceedings launched by the Commission, followed by Spain and Greece. The majority of cases continue to be mainly in the areas of taxation and the environment.
When all enforcement indicators are taken into account (see details in the Internal Market Enforcement Table below), Romania, Estonia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic and Lithuania are the best overall performers.
Implementation of Internal Market Directives