Transposition deficit: 0.6% (last report: 0.1%) – marked increase by 0.5 percentage point but still well below the 1% target.
EU average = 1%; proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%
Finland’s performance on this criterion is generally good. It transposed 11 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (65%) due to have been transposed in the 6 months prior to the cut-off date for calculation (1 June – 30 November 2020). This shows that Finland could monitor the timely transposition of directives even better. Transposition is an ongoing process and any let-up may result in the deficit quickly increasing.
Overdue directives: 6 (last report: 1) including 4 on environment and none more than 2 years overdue.
Average delay: 3.8 months (last report: 2.8 months) – slight increase by 1 month but the Member State with the 3rd shortest delay.
EU average = 7.4 months
Finland has 6 outstanding directive that have been all due for less than 6 months.
Conformity deficit: 1.2% (last report: 1.1%) – new slight increase by 0.1 percentage point and the highest deficit ever for Finland.
EU average = 1.4% proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%
The launching of new infringement proceedings for incorrect transposition of Single Market directives is starting to slow down. Nevertheless, the number of such ongoing cases is still high. With 12 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed, Finland remains below the EU average deficit.
Single Market-related pending cases: 15(4 new cases and 1 case closed; last report: 12 pending cases) – new increase by 3 cases and almost twice as many cases as in December 2018.
EU average = 31 cases
Despite a marked increase in its number of cases, Finland still has the 2nd lowest number of infringement cases among all Member States, well below the EU average.
The last year has seen the launch of 198 new cases (not including those for late transposition), which were still pending on 1 December 2020. With 4 such cases, Finland is below the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. On the other hand, only 1 Finnish case has been resolved since December 2019, which is much less than the EU average (5) of such cases.
Problematic sectors: No sector in particular.
Average case duration: 26.3 months for the 10 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 22.5 months) – increase by 3.8 months but duration of cases still well below the EU average.
EU average = 37.3 months
Most of the Finnish cases (8/10) have a moderate duration (14.4 months on average). Only 2 cases have considerable durations: 1 case on air transport that has been ongoing for 10 years and 1 case on consumer & health for 5 years.
Compliance with Court rulings: no more Single Market-related case at this stage of the procedure (last report: 27.6 months).
EU average = 31.7 months
Evolution of infringement cases
Performance – Finland’s performance was excellent.
- All 5 indicators were above the EEA average.
- Stable very good performance for the last 3 years in all indicators.
- Among the best 5 results in requests replied to within deadline.
National provider:TE (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment)
Compliance: Not compliant
Performance: Could be improved by transferring both job vacancies and CVs to the EURES Portal.
The EU has set up a single digital gateway providing access to information, to procedures and to assistance and problem-solving services.
The specific regulation setting up the single digital pathway is Regulation 2018/1724 of 2 October 2018. Article 29 of the Regulation establishes establishes a group to coordinate work on the gateway. The gateway coordination group will meet in different configurations, with one devoted to information that meets twice a year. The other two configurations are dedicated to ICT and e-procedures and assistance services.
The information group continues the work of the former Your Europe Editorial Board. This is to ensure that the gateway coordination group’s work does not overlap with that of other expert groups or sub-groups.
2020 – year of transition
In 2020, the Single Digital Gateway Regulation took effect. All member states have made significant efforts to meet the regulation’s requirements related to the Your Europe portal, namely by notifying national websites relating to areas covered in Annex I of the regulation. During 2021, these websites are gradually being made available from Your Europe.
Because 2020 was a year of transition, no evaluation of different countries has been made in this year’s edition of the Single Market Scoreboard. During 2021, the Commission and national coordinators will identify relevant indicators for use in future scoreboards.
- Caseload – very small
Submitted cases – 12 (14 in 2019)
Received cases – 11 (11 in 2019)
Cases not accepted – 32 (48 in 2019)
- Resolution rate – 91%(82% in 2019)
- Handling time (home centre)
Reply in 7 days: 75% (77% in 2019) – good
Cases prepared in 30 days: 73% (71% in 2019) – poor
Solutions accepted within 7 days: 73% (54% in 2019 ) – poor
Cases not accepted within 30 days: 45% (40% in 2019) – very poor
- Handling time (lead centre)
Cases accepted within 7 days: 91%(91%in 2019)– good
Cases closed in 10 weeks: 73% (73% in 2019) – poor
Overall, Finland’s performance in 2020 was satisfactory. For further information and the methodology applied, please see the section on Public procurement performance.
For easier analysis EU countries are divided into 3 groups:
- western – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden.
- southern – Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain
- eastern – Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.
Transit time performance D+1: D+1 performance remains stable, reaching 96.7%.
Some countries’ reference figures for the previous period may differ slightly from those in the last Scoreboard. This is because these countries updated their data after publication.
Finland’s trade integration in the single market for goods is below the EU average, whereas its trade integration for services is above the EU average. In 2019, Finland’s trade integration for goods decreased slightly and for services increased.
|Intra-EU trade integration||% GDP 2019||15.6||8.3|
|Change 2018 – 2019||-0.2||7.4|
|Intra-EU imports||% GDP 2019||15.7||9.5|
|Change 2018 – 2019||-2.2||3.4|
In 2019, Finland was disinvesting from the rest of the EU, while investment of other EU countries into Finland increased substantially. The value of FDI stock of both inward and outward FDI increased.
|Intra-EUFDI flows||Intra-EUFDI stocks|
|Year-on-year change 2018 - 19||2.49||-1.04||0.10||0.16|
Investments of non-EU countries into Finland increased (almost fourfold) in 2019, while Finland's FDI into these countries decreased. The stock of both inward and outward FDI increased.
|Extra-EUFDI flows||Extra-EUFDI stocks|
|Year-on-year percentage change 2017 - 18||3.20||-0.78||1.24||0.14|