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Transposition of law

 It should be noted that, since the last Scoreboard, 130 directives have been repealed in the automotive sector. This has resulted in a reduction of 10% in internal market directives which has influenced the calculation of all scores.

Transposition deficit: 0.8% (last report: 0.7%) - slight increase but stable backlog
EU average = 0.7%                 
Proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%

Overdue directives: 9 (last report: 9) including 5 in the financial services sector (= 56%) and none more than 2 years overdue

Average delay: 5.1 months (last report: 8.3 months) - significant decrease: Spain has only 1 directive more than 1 year late out of its 9 overdue directives.        
EU average = 7.4 months

Compliance deficit: 1.2% (last report: 1.1%) which means that 13 directives are not correctly transposed into national law - in the top 4 of Member States with the highest deficit 
EU average = 0.7%     
Proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%









Pending cases: 49 (last report: 54) 10 new cases and 15 cases closed - still in a decreasing trend (- 22% since May 2013) but among the 6 Member States with the highest number of infringements relating to Single Market legislation            
(EU average = 27 cases)

Problematic sectors: direct taxation (6 cases); working rights and conditions (6); environment, namely environmental impact (5) and water protection (5); transport, namely air transport (5) and road and rail transport (4) = 63% of all cases

Average case duration: 22.4 months for the 40 cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 28 months). The remarkable decrease is due to the fact that within 6 months Spain managed to close 11 cases before they were sent to the Court (2 of them opened since more than 6 years)      .
(EU average = 29.1 months)

Compliance with court rulings: 20.1 months (last report: 21.9 months)    
(EU average = 19.8 months)




EU Pilot

The average response time of Spain is currently outside the 70-day benchmark in EU Pilot.


Internal Market Information System

Performance – Spain continues to perform exceptionally well.

  • Despite a very high volume of incoming requests, Spain has further improved its excellent performance.
  • Satisfaction rates among counterparts remain very high.



National provider: SEPE (Public State Employment Service)

EURES Advisers (nationally): 68

Performance: good (could still be further improved, particularly regarding the number of contacts with jobseekers and employers. The low number of vacancies represented on the EURES portal is due to the fact the local PES vacancies are not being sent to the portal.)


Your Europe

National equivalent?

New national portal in ES, Catalan, Basque, Galician, EN:

Record in this period

  • active participation in Editorial Board work
  • responsive to all requests for information for the website
  • back-linking from national websites to Your Europe; some promotional activities

Recommended action

Continue to:

  • ensure stable representation on the Editorial Board       
  • attend the Board meetings twice a year     
  • provide information on how the country applies single market rules when requested 
  • raise awareness about Your Europe within national administration and potential end users
  • link national websites to Your Europe



  • Caseloadvery large (> 300)
    Submitted cases:
    176 (106 in 2013)
    Received cases: 179 (143 in 2013)
  • Resolution rate: 89 % (87 % in 2013)
  • Handling time (Home centre)
    Reply in 7 days:
    76 % (73 % in 2013) – good
    Cases prepared in 30 days: 73 % (80 % in 2013) – needs improving
  • Handling time (Lead centre) Cases closed in 10 weeks: 59 % (54 % in 2013) – needs improving
  • Staffing
    Sufficient for current caseload? No


Points of Single Contact

Point of Single Contact: Espanã: Ventanilla Única

Performance level: average

Results from 2015 study:

  • Information: good, well-structured but the degree of information available and navigation tools require improvements. 
  • Online procedures: good (and above EU average).
  • Accessibility: good, portal is multilingual but completion of procedures online by foreign users is difficult.
  • Usability: good, Support services, such as a helpdesk, are available, and answers were helpful and     timely.

Trends & evolution:

Consecutive assessments place Spain among middle-ground to high performers with an overall score at the EU average. It is also interesting to note that overall Spanish scores for availability of information decreased, whereas the score for transactionality of e-procedures went beyond the EU average. The key weakness remains to be the accessibility for cross-border users, (especially for e-procedures). Finally, regarding usability, the findings in the three assessments show no significant variations.  


Public procurement

Overall, Spain's performance in 2014 was unsatisfactory. For further information, please see the section on Public Procurement performance.





Postal Services

To facilitate analysis, EU countries are placed in 3 groups, based on 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, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia.

Prices in purchasing power parity (PPP)

  • Domestic prices 2010-13 (in PPP): increase from 0.35 PPPs to 0.40 PPPs
  • Cross-border price developments 2010-13 (in PPP): increase from 0.66 PPPs to 0.81 PPPs
  • Transit time performance D+3 (national target: 93%): According to the Spanish postal law, quality of service in Spain, is measured for D+3 delivery, instead of the standard D+1 (next day delivery). From 2009 to 2011 D+3 transit time performance fell slightly to 91.2% (2011). In 2012, quality of service was 96.38%, and in 2013 96.56% well above the target of 93%.