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    Austria

    Transposition of law

    Transposition deficit: 0.7% (last report: 0.5%) – Slight increase after being the best performer 6 months ago one of 12 Member States to have worsened their previous score, but still in line with the EU average.
    EU average = 0.7%; Proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%

    Overdue directives: 8 (last report: 6) – Including 5 directives in the environment sector (63%). 3 directives are more than 2 years overdue which is a serious breach of the zero tolerance target for overdue directives. They are on the geological storage of carbon dioxide; industrial emissions; and the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste.

    Average delay: 18.2 months (last report: 18.2 months) – Second longest transposition delay – stable result and one of 6 Member States to have reduced or equalled their previous average. Nevertheless, Austria added a third long overdue directive to its backlog. But these delays are balanced by the fact that the transposition deadline of half of Austrian outstanding directives is very recent.
    EU average = 10.1 months

    Compliance deficit: 1.0% (last report: 0.7%) – Marked increase and now above both the EU average and the 0.5 % proposed target – one of 4 Member States with the highest deficit, with 11 directives not correctly transposed into national law.
    EU average = 0.7%; Proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%

     

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    Infringements

    Pending cases: 26 (6 new cases and 4 cases closed; last report: 24 pending cases) – Slight increase and now equalto the EU average number of infringement cases relating to the single market legislation.
    (EU average = 26 cases)

    Problematic sectors:

    • air transport (3 cases)
    • road & rail transport (3 cases)
    • taxation (3 cases)

    Average case duration: 27.3 months for the 21 cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 28 months) – Stable result – one of 8 Member States whose average duration has fallen, and is better than the EU average.
    (EU average = 30.7 months)

    Compliance with court rulings: 9 months for the 10 cases at this stage of the procedure (last report: 9.9 months) – Stable result, one of 5 Member States with the shortest compliance delay.
    (EU average = 21 months)

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    EU Pilot

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

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    Internal Market Information System

    Performance – Austria continues to perform very well.

    • Satisfaction rates among counterparts have improved significantly and reached a rate of 100%.
    • Austria continues to be one of the most active Member States in sending requests based on the Services Directive: in 2015 Austria sent 47% of the total amount of Services Directive-related requests.
    • Still room for improvement in meeting the deadlines agreed in IMI.

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    EURES

    National provider: AMS (Austrian Public Employment Service)

    EURES advisers (nationally): 13

    Performance: Reasonably good. Compared to 2014 the data shows an increase in contacts with employers of about 20%, but also a decrease in the number of contacts with jobseekers at 25%, which could account for why Austria’s placement ratio fell to 1%.

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    Your Europe

    National equivalent?

    Citizens’ portal in DE, EN: www.help.gv.at

    Business portal in DE, EN: www.usp.gv.at

    Record for this period

    • limited participation in Editorial Board work
    • not responsive to the majority of requests for information for the website
    • 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 of 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

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    SOLVIT

    • Caseloadmedium
      Submitted cases:
      86 (4 in 2014)
      Received cases: 64 (52 in 2014)
    • Resolution rate: 91% (100% in 2014)
    • Handling time (Home centre)
      Reply in 7 days: 78% (80  % in 2014) – good
      Cases prepared in 30 days: 76% (90% in 2014) – good
    • Handling time (Lead centre) – good
      Cases closed in 10 weeks: 73% (63% in 2014)
    • Staffing
      Continuitygood
      Sufficient for current caseload? Yes

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    Technical Regulations Information System

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    Public procurement

    Overall, Austria’s performance in 2015 was satisfactory. See more: Public procurement performance.

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    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 2010–13 (in PPP): increase from 0.50 PPPs to 0.62 PPPs
    • Cross-border price developments 2010-14 (in PPP): increase from 0.58 PPPs to 0.72 PPPs
    • Transit time performance D+1 (national target: 95%):

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

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    Trade in goods and services

    Austria’s trade integration in the single market for goods and services is above the EU average. In 2014, its trade integration for goods fell slightly, whereas trade integration for services increased slightly.

    Trade in goods and services
    GoodsServices
    Intra-EU
    trade integration
    % GDP
    2014
    30.210.6
    Change
    2013–14
    -1.52.4
    Intra-EU
    imports
    % GDP
    2014
    329.5
    Change
    2013–14
    -2.43.5

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    Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

    In 2014, the Austria’s share of EU FDI inflows and outflows decreased. Its shares of FDI stocks remained almost unchanged.

    FDI
    Share of EU FDI FlowsShare of EU FDI Stocks
    inwardoutwardinwardoutward
    % FDI 20141.82.722.1
    Change 2013–14
    (in pp)
    -1.3-2.90.10