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    Transposition of law

    This last year the Member States had to transpose 66 new directives, which represents a large increase in their workload compared with the preparation of Scoreboard 2016 (47 directives). This situation has caused great difficulties, which are reflected in the results for most of the Member States. In general, since the transposition deficit has risen, the average delay has decreased because the significant number of recent directives counted heavily in the calculation of the delay for overdue directives.

    Transposition deficit: 1.6% (last report: 0.7%) – A further increase in the deficit more than double of the previous period although not among the 10 worst increases. Austria has a transposition deficit of 21% for the directives that had to be transposed in 2016 (until 30 November) and 44% for the 9 directives with a transposition date within the 3 months before the cut-off date for calculation. This shows that Austria has some difficulties in monitoring the timely transposition of the directives. In addition, the average delay is above the EU average (see below).
    EU average = 1.5%; Proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%

    Overdue directives: 16 (last report: 8) – Including 4 environmental directives. No directive is more than 2 years overdue.

    Average delay: 7.9 months (last report: 18.2 months) – Huge decrease. Having had the second longest transposition delay 1 year ago, Austria is still in a group of 12 Member States above the EU average but no longer in the top 5 with the highest delays. The decrease is mainly because Austria managed to solve its 3 long overdue directives and because most of its outstanding directives (14/16) have been due for less than 12 months.
    EU average = 6.7 months

    Compliance deficit: 0.8%. (last report: 1.0%) – After having reached the 1% threshold (twice the proposed target) 1 year ago, Austria is now close to the 0.7% EU average and no longer in the group of Member States with the highest deficit.
    EU average = 0.7%; Proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%




    Pending cases: 28 (8 new cases &ndash including 3 on public procurement &ndash and 6 cases closed; last report: 26 pending cases) – Slight increase and now over the EU average number of single market-related cases. In a group of 7 Member States that increased their number of single market-related cases within the last year.
    (EU average = 24 cases)

    Problematic sectors: transport: air transport (3 cases) and road & rail transport (3); also indirect taxation (3) and public procurement (3).

    Average case duration: 29.8 months for the 23 cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 27.3 months) – Slight increase but still better than the EU average.
    (EU average = 36.9 months)

    Compliance with court rulings: 9.4 months for the 9 cases at this stage of the procedure (last report: 9.0 months) – Stable result. Austria is one of the top 5 Member States with the shortest compliance delay.
    (EU average = 22.4 months)


    EU Pilot

    Austria's average response time respects the 70-day benchmark in EU Pilot.


    Internal Market Information System

    Performance – Austria continues to perform very well.

    • Satisfaction rates among counterparts remain at a high level, above the EU average.
    • Austria continues to be one of the most active Member States in sending requests based on the Services Directive: In 2016 it sent 62 % of all requests in this area.
    • Still room for improvement in meeting the deadlines agreed in IMI.



    National provider: AMS (Austrian Public Employment Service)

    EURES advisers (nationally): 12

    Performance: could be improved by a higher number of EURES advisers.


    Your Europe

    National equivalent?

    Citizens’ portal in DE, EN:

    Business portal in DE, EN:

    Record for this period

    • limited participation in Editorial Board work
    • responsive to the majority of requests for information for the website
    • some promotional activities and back-linking from national websites to Your Europe

    Recommended action

    Continue to:

    • provide information, when requested, on how the country applies single market rules
    • link national websites to Your Europe
    • raise awareness about Your Europe within national administrations and among potential end users

    Make an effort to:

    • provide all missing information on how the country applies single market rules
    • ensure stable representation on the Editorial Board
    • attend the Board meetings twice a year



    • Caseloadmedium
      Submitted cases:
      59 (86 in 2015)
      Received cases: 83 (64 in 2015)
    • Resolution rate: 94% (91% in 2015)
    • Handling time (Home centre)
      Reply in 7 days: 73% (78  % in 2015) – needs improving
      Cases prepared in 30 days: 73% (77% in 2015) – needs improving
    • Handling time (Lead centre) – good
      Cases closed in 10 weeks: 83% (73% in 2014)
    • Staffing
      Sufficient for current caseload? Yes


    Technical Regulations Information System


    Public procurement

    Overall, Austria’s performance in 2016 was average. For further information and the methodology applied, please see the section on Public procurement performance.


    Postal services

    For easier analysis, EU countries are divided into 3 groups on the basis of absolute GDP per capita and EU accession date (method used in EU postal sector study (2010–13)pdf Choose translations of the previous link :

    • Western – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden and UK
    • Southern – Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain
    • Eastern – Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
    • Domestic prices 2012–15 (in PPP): Increase from 0.57 PPPs to 0.63 PPPs.
    • Cross-border price developments 2012–15 (in PPP): Increase from 0.64 PPPs to 0.74 PPPs.
    • Transit time performance D+1:

    For some countries, the reference figures for the previous period may differ slightly from the last Scoreboard, due to subsequent updates that they provided.


    Trade in goods and services

    Austria’s trade integration in the single market for goods and services is above the EU average. In 2015, its trade integration for goods fell slightly, whereas trade integration for services increased slightly.

    Trade in goods and services
    Goods Services
    trade integration
    % GDP
    30.1 10.7
    -0.1 0.2
    % GDP
    32 9.8
    -0.2 0.2


    Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

    In 2015, Austria’s share of EU FDI inflows decreased whereas outflows increased slightly. Both shares of FDI stock saw a small decrease in 2015 inflows and outflows decreased.

    Share of EU FDI Flows Share of EU FDI Stocks
    inward outward inward outward
    % FDI 2015 0.9 2.5 2.1 2.2
    Change 2014–15
    (in pp)
    -2.3 0.8 -0.1 -0.2