After the increase in the transposition deficit recorded in May and November 2011 (1.2%) ie the percentage of internal market directives that have not been written into national law in time, this has now fallen back to 0.9% and below the target agreed by the European Heads of State and Government in 2007.
Welcoming the progress made by member states, EU commissioner for the internal market Michel Barnier said: "The Single Market is the engine of new growth but this can only work if all countries apply the rules correctly."
Countries achieving the 1% target went up from eleven to sixteen include: Luxembourg, Romania, Finland, United Kingdom, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Belgium, Cyprus, Poland and Italy.
Eight countries achieved or equalled their best result ever: the Czech Republic, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Latvia and Malta illustrating the high priority given by them to act on time.
Malta and Latvia are the best transposition performers with only two directives awaiting transposition.
Especially impressive is the improvement of the Czech Republic's transposition deficit as compared to six months ago: it has decreased from 1.9% in May to 0.6% today.
Finally, continuous and sustained efforts have enabled Greece to fall well below the 1% target, at 0.5%. Two years ago, it accounted for the highest transposition deficit among the 27 member states.