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Transposition (Latvia)

Transposition deficit: 0.8% (last report: 0.3%) –increase by 0.5 percentage point, but still in line with the 1% target.
EU average = 1%; proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%

Since its disappointing result of December 2016 (1.7%), Latvia managed to stay under the 1% threshold. It transposed 12 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (70%) 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 Latvia 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: 8 (last report: 3) including 3 on environment. One directive is more than 2 years overdue: Directive 2013/59/EUR on basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation.

Average delay: 8.8 months (last report: 7.4 months) – slight increase by 1.4 months and now above the EU average delay.
EU average = 7.4 months

Latvia added one long overdue directive (due for 2 years or more) to its backlog but most of its other outstanding directives (5/7) have been due for less than 6 months.

Conformity deficit: 1% (last report: 0.8%) – increase by 0.2 percentage point
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. Despite its almost perfect score of December 2016 (0.1%), Latvia has now 10 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed. It is however well below the EU average.

Evolution of transposition deficit

 

Evolution of conformity deficit

 

Infringements (Latvia)

Single Market-related pending cases: 22 (9 new cases, including 4 on transport and 4 cases closed; last report: 17 pending cases) – new marked increase by 5 cases (+29% within a year and +214% since December 2017).
EU average = 31 cases

Latvia has not had this many cases since November 2008, but it remains among the Member States with the lowest number of infringement cases, 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 9 such cases, Latvia is above the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. In addition, 4 Latvian cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is less than the EU average (5) of such cases.

Problematic sectors: environment (5 cases) and transport (5), including 4 on sustainable and intelligent transport = 45% of all pending cases.

Average case duration: 21.8 months for the 22 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 25.7 months) – new decrease by 3.9 months (highest decrease among the Member States).         
EU average = 37.3 months

Latvia’s average duration of cases has steadily decreased since December 2017 (-31%). Latvia is now the Member State with the 2nd shortest case duration, up from the 7th position in December 2019. It has only 3 cases running for more than 3 years, although 1 case on citizenship of the Union is almost 8 years old. In addition, 4 Latvian cases (whose average duration is 3.5 years) were resolved within the last year and have an impact on the final result.

Compliance with Court rulings:8.5 months for the only Single Market-related case at this stage of the procedure and closed in the last 5 years (last report: same).
EU average = 31.7 months

No change since the previous period. With a single case on regulated professions that needed 8.5 months for compliance, Latvia is under both the 18-month threshold for compliance with Court rulings and the EU average. It has now the 2nd shortest compliance delay among the 24 Member States that complied with Court’s judgments within the last 5 years.

Evolution of infringement cases

 

Internal Market Information System (Latvia)

Performance – Latvia performed well.

  • Latvia performed above EEA average for 3 indicators.
  • The requests accepted within 1 week decreased significantly.
  • The answering speed increased slightly.
Requests accepted within one week (%)
 
Requests answered by the deadline agreed in IMI (%)
 
Satisfaction with timeliness of replies - as rated by counterparts (%)
 
Satisfaction with efforts made - as rated by counterparts (%)
 
Speed in answering requests (days)
 

EURES (Latvia)

National provider: NVA (State Employment Agency)

Compliance: Fully compliant

Performance: The submission of both job vacancies and CVs to the EURES Portal is ensured.

Your Europe (Latvia)

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.

SOLVIT (Latvia)

  • Caseloadsmall
    Submitted cases – 18 (15 in 2019)
    Received cases – 3 (5 in 2019)
  • Cases not accepted – 18 (9 in 2019)

  • Resolution rate – 100%(100% in 2019)
  • Handling time (home centre)
    Reply in 7 days: 94% (96% in 2019) – good
    Cases prepared in 30 days: 100% (93% in 2019) – good
    Solutions accepted within 7 days: 100% (92% in 2019 ) – good
  • Cases not accepted within 30 days: 78% (74% in 2019) - good

  • Handling time (lead centre)
    Cases accepted within 7 days:  100%(100% in 2019)good
    Cases closed in 10 weeks:  50% (100% in 2019) – very poor
  • Staffing
    sufficient

Technical Regulations Information System (Latvia)

Public procurement (Latvia)

Overall, Latvia’s performance in 2020 was satisfactory. For further information and the methodology applied, please see the section on Public procurement performance.

Postal services (Latvia)

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: transit time performance remained very good; it was 91.7% in 2019.

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.

Trade in goods and services (Latvia)

Latvia’s trade integration for goods and services is above the EU average. In 2019, trade integration for goods decreased and for services increased slightly.

  GoodsServices
Intra-EU trade integration% GDP 201935.69.5
 Change 2018 – 2019-0.70.6
Intra-EU imports% GDP 201940.56.9
 Change 2018 – 20190.42.1

Foreign Direct Investment (Latvia)

In 2019, Latvia was disinvesting from other EU countries, while FDI of other EU countries into Latvia increased. The FDI stock value for inward investments increased and decreased in case of outward investments.

 Intra-EUFDI flowsIntra-EUFDI stocks
 inwardoutwardinwardoutward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 190.51-2.740.06-0.05

In 2019, Latvia's FDI into non-EU countries and non-EU countries investments into Latvia decreased. The FDI stock value decreased as well.

 Extra-EUFDI flowsExtra-EUFDI stocks
 inwardoutwardinwardoutward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19-0.74-0.39-0.01-0.05
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