Fabian Demicoli

Member States slower to transpose single market rules; Malta leads in transposition


The European Commission's online
Single Market Scoreboard has been updated as regards two main governance tools:
transposition of Single Market-related directives and infringements in that
area for the reference period between May and November 2013.

After having
fallen steadily, the EU's average transposition deficit – the percentage of
Single Market directives that have not been transposed into national law in
time – has gone up slightly to 0.7%. Sixteen Member States have a higher
transposition deficit than they had six months ago. However, the most worrying
fact is that five Member States have exceeded the 1.0 % target set by the
European Council: Belgium, Italy, Cyprus, Romania and Slovenia. Malta has the
lowest transposition deficit at 0.2%.

With regard to the
application of Single Market law, the number of infringements has not changed
over the last six months. The number of open infringements has gone down by 38%
since the EU Pilot project started operating in November 2007. The average
number of infringement proceedings across the EU stands at 30 cases, Malta is
the 4th lowest with 12 infringement proceedings.

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