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11/2014 - 05/2015

Priority areas


In 2012, the Commission adopted a Single Market Governance Communicationpdf Choose translations of the previous link  identifying a number of sectors with the most growth potential where both the Member States and the Commission must enhance efforts and commitments:

  • services
  • financial (intermediation) services
  • transport
  • digital Single Market
  • energy.

In these key sectors, the Communication identified 23 legislative acts which had been already adopted, together with further 14 legislative proposals aiming at adopting new acts or amending existing ones. 12 other important measures were also taken from the 2011 Single Market Act.

As of 1 May 2015, 19 of the 26 legislative proposals have been already adopted (2 others have been withdrawn by the Commission).



As regards implementation of the identified legislative acts, the Communication called on Member States to:

  1. transpose all directives on time and correctly (0% transposition and conformity deficit);
  2. informally submitting specific issues relating to draft transposition measures to the Commission and provide on-line explanations of how this transposition has been carried out;
  3. meet these maximum targets:
    • average duration of infringement procedures – 18 months
    • average time for full compliance with Court of Justice judgments 12 months.

Comparing with the situation of one year ago:

  • better performance: Belgium, Ireland, France, Latvia and Finland (which ist the only Member State that met all targets)
  • worse performance: Denmark, Greece, Croatia, Italy and Hungary.


As regards these 3 commitments, the following could be observed:

1.   Timely and correct transposition:

As of 10 May 2015, 17 out of the 20 directives for which the transposition deadline has passed have been implemented by all Member States. There was a significant delay with 3 directives:

As regards the number of pending infringements for incorrect transposition:

  • transport sector: 23 cases
  • energy sector: 21 cases

The increasing number of cases is due to the fact that many directives are transposed for some time now, which allows the Commission to carry out checks of compliance.


2.   Draft transposition measures and online explanation:

  • draft transposition measures: Member States seem to follow the Governance Communication’s request.
  • online explanation: the Commission has not witnessed any increase in these. Member States are reminded that this aspect is vital if businesses and citizens are to make use of their new rights. They are encouraged to step up their efforts in this direction and inform the Commission about the relevant websites.


3.   Infringement targets:

Comparing with the situation of one year ago:

For average duration of pending infringement cases, performance varies by sector:

  • services sector: 27.9 months (up from 23.5 months)
  • transport sector: 24.2 months (up from 14.4 months)
  • energy sector: 13.3 months (down from 18.4 months).

Finally, as regards compliance with Court of Justice judgments, 6 Member States (down from 10) have still to comply with a condemning ruling in the transport sector.


The Commission will continue to measure progress on these commitments.



Services (4 directives)


Financial services (3 directives)


Transport (7 directives)


Digital IM (2 directives)


Energy (4 directives)




[1] Are considered as “not fully transposed yet” (1) directives for which no transposition measures have been communicated (2) directives considered as partially communicated by Member States after notifying some transposition measures (3) directives considered as completely transposed by Member States but in respect of which the Commission has opened a formal infringement procedure for non-communication and the Member State has not notified new transposition measures after the latest procedural step has been adopted by the Commission.

[2] A directive counts as incorrectly transposed if an infringement procedure for non-conformity has been opened formally by the Commission.

[3] and [4] The pending cases duration is calculated from the date on which the Commission sends a letter of formal notice to the completion of the pre-litigation phase.