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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

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