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Transposition (Italy)

Transposition deficit: 0.4% (last report: 0.7%) – further decrease by 0.3 percentage point and one of the 5 Member States with the lowest deficit (4th best result) and achieving the 0.5% proposed target.
EU average = 1%; proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%

Italy equalled its best ever result of December 2017 and is one of the 2 Member States (with Portugal) that reduced their deficit since last year. In addition, it transposed 16 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (94%) 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 Italy monitors the timely transposition of directives very well, although it has some difficulties in transposing directives correctly (see below).

Overdue directives: 4 (last report: 7) and none are more than 2 years overdue.

Average delay: 8.5 months (last report: 9 months) – new slight decrease by 0.5 months but now above the EU average delay.
EU average = 7.4 months

Italy has 4 outstanding directives: 3 have been due for between 1 and 2 years and the last one is due for 2.5 months.

Conformity deficit: 1.7% (last report: 1.4%) – increase by 0.3 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. With 17 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed, Italy is above the EU average deficit.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Evolution of conformity deficit


Infringements (Italy)

Single Market-related pending cases: 50 (9 new cases, including 4 in the environment sector and 3 on transport and 8 cases closed, including 3 on environment; last report: 49 pending cases) – new slight increase (by 1 case), back to the situation of December 2015.
EU average = 31 cases

Italy is still the Member State with the 2nd highest number of Single Market-related cases.

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, Italy is above the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. On the other hand, 8 Italian cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is more than the EU average (5) of such cases.

Problematic sectors: environment (18 cases), including 6 on water protection & management and 6 on atmospheric pollution; transport (9), in particular 4 on air transport; indirect taxation (7) = 68% of all pending cases.

Average case duration: 46.1 months for the 36 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 46.3 months) – stable situation.
EU average = 37.3 months

The average duration of Italian cases has decreased by 15% since December 2015. Italy is now the Member State with the 5th longest case duration (it was in 2nd position in December 2019). Italy recently resolved 1 case with a duration of 13 years in the telecoms competition sector and 1 case on environment with a duration of 10 years. Nevertheless, the remaining ones (in particular 12 cases running for between 5 and 16 years) are getting older and have a big impact on the calculation of the average duration.

Compliance with Court rulings: 16.4 months for the 4 Single Market-related cases at this stage of the procedure and closed in the last 5 years (last report: 20.2 months).
EU average = 31.7 months

Italy is in a group of 7 Member States whose average compliance decreased within the last year (-3.8 months). This is mainly because 3 cases with an average compliance period of 18.3 months are now more than 5 years old and are no longer part of the calculation, while a new case in the energy sector with short compliance period (7 months) was closed within the year. Italy is now below both the EU average and the 18‑month threshold for compliance with Court rulings.

Evolution of infringement cases


Internal Market Information System (Italy)

Performance – Italy performed moderately well.

  • Italy significantly improved for 4 indicators, whereas the 5th one remained stable.
  • 4 indicators are below the EEA average and speed in answering requests is on average.
  • Significant improvements were made in accepting requests within 1 week but efforts are still needed.
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 (Italy)

National provider: Agenzia Nazionale Politiche Attive Lavoro

Compliance: Fully compliant

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

Your Europe (Italy)

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 (Italy)

  • Caseloadvery large
    Submitted cases – 146 (130 in 2019)
    Received cases – 270 (280 in 2019)
  • Cases not accepted – 233 (214 in 2019)

  • Resolution rate – 97% (96% in 2019)
  • Handling time (home centre)
    Reply in 7 days: 96% (93% in 2019) – good
    Cases prepared in 30 days: 86% (72% in 2019) – good
    Solutions accepted within 7 days: 92% (68% in 2019 ) – good
  • Cases not accepted within 30 days: 61% (56% in 2019) - poor

  • Handling time (lead centre)
    Cases accepted within 7 days:  83% (61% in 2019) good
    Cases closed in 10 weeks:  61% (63% in 2019) – poor
  • Staffing
    urgent requiring action

Technical Regulations Information System (Italy)

Public procurement (Italy)

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

Postal services (Italy)

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 transit times performance improved again, reaching 84.6% 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 (Italy)

Italy’s trade integration in the single market for goods and services is below the EU average. Indicator for goods decreased and indicator for services increased in 2019.

    Goods Services
Intra-EU trade integration % GDP 2019 13.7 3.7
  Change 2018 – 2019 -1.4 2.8
Intra-EU imports % GDP 2019 13.3 4.0
  Change 2018 – 2019 -1.7 1.3

Foreign Direct Investment (Italy)

In 2019, Italy's FDI into other EU countries decreased substantially, the incoming FDI decreased as well. FDI stock value of other EU countries in Italy increased, while Italy's FDI stock in other EU countries decreased.

  Intra-EU FDI flows Intra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19 -0.51 -0.95 0.05 -0.03

In 2019, Italy increased FDI into non-EU countries, while investments from non-EU countries into Italy decreased. Both inward and outward FDI stocks value increased.

  Extra-EU FDI flows Extra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19 -0.36 0.19 004 0.09
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