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Single Market Scoreboard: EU countries compliance with EU law not yet good enough

Single Market Scoreboard: EU countries compliance with EU law not yet good enough
Published on: 06/07/2017
The online Single Market Scoreboard, published today, shows that whilst most barriers to the free movement of persons, services, goods and capital are being eliminated, in some fields the situation is stalling or even worsening.

The EU Single Market remains Europe's most precious asset for its millions of citizens and businesses, and the European Commission is committed to ensure, by checking on the implementation of EU Single Market rules, that they benefit each day from the freedom to live, work, shop and trade in all 28 EU countries.

The effective application of the law is essential in order to guarantee that citizens and businesses can enjoy the benefits granted by EU law. Often, when issues come to the fore – be it car emissions testing, illegal landfills or transport safety and security – the reason is not a lack of EU legislation, but rather the fact that EU countries do not apply EU law correctly and effectively.

Single Market Scoreboard 2017

The online Single Market Scoreboard gives an accurate picture of the state of implementation of the EU Single Market rules. It evaluates how the EU countries apply these rules and identifies the shortcomings where they should step up their efforts.

Depending on their performance in a series of governance tools and policy areas in 2016, Member States were given green (above average), yellow (average) and red (below average) cards.

In addition to assessing EU countries' compliance with Single Market law, the Scoreboard evaluates how they help citizens and businesses via various EU tools for general information, concrete problem solving and job search (the Your Europe portal, Your Europe Advice, SOLVIT and EURES).

The Scoreboard also monitors EU countries' openness to trade and investment and their wider efforts in opening up sectors such as public procurement, professional qualifications or postal services.

Taking all these evaluated areas into account, Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Malta and Slovakia performed best.

The Commission reacts to citizens' complaints

Citizens, businesses, NGOs and other stakeholders can report suspected breaches of EU law through an online complaint form accessible via the Europa portal Your rights. In 2016, the majority of complaints concerned justice and consumer rights, employment, EU Single Market, industry and SMEs' matters.

As part of the complaint form, SOLVIT can help citizens and businesses solve their problems with a public authority in another EU country.


The online Single Market Scoreboard is published annually. It monitors the performance of EU countries in a number of policy areas (public procurement, professional qualifications, postal services, trade integration and market openness) and governance tools (transposition, infringement procedures and EU Pilot in Single Market-related areas; EURES, Your Europe, Your Europe Advice, SOLVIT, IMI, e-Certis, priority areas, European Consumer Centres, Consumer Protection Cooperation Network, and the Technical Regulation Information System [TRIS] ).

More information

Single Market Scoreboard (edition 2017):