Transposition deficit: 1.2% (last report: 0.7%) – marked increase by 0.5 percentage point and in a group of 11 Member States, whose increasing deficit within the last year made them miss the 1% target.
EU average = 1%; proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%
After years of constant effort to drop below the 1% threshold and stay there, Austria is now back above this threshold. In addition, it transposed 10 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (59%) 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 Austria may have some difficulties in monitoring the timely transposition of directives. Transposition is an ongoing process and any let-up may result in the deficit quickly increasing.
Overdue directives: 12 (last report: 7) including 4 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: 7.3 months (last report: 10.3 months) – decrease by 3 months and now perfectly in line with the EU average.
EU average = 7.4 months
The fact that Austria added 1 long overdue directive (due for 2 years of more) to its backlog is offset by 7 out of its 11 other outstanding directives being overdue by less than 6 months.
Conformity deficit: 1.9% (last report: 2%) – slight decrease by 0.1 percentage point but 2nd highest deficit among the Member States.
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 19 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed, Austria is in a group of 8 Member States that show a combination of a high transposition deficit and a high percentage of incorrectly transposed directives.