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Transposition (Austria)

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.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Evolution of conformity deficit


Infringements (Austria)

Single Market-related pending cases: 35 (5 new cases and 5 cases closed; last report: 35 pending cases) – stable result compared to last year but above the moderate number of cases pending against Austria between May 2012 and December 2018 (between 23 and 29 cases).
EU average = 31 cases

Austria is now above the EU average number of pending cases but no longer in the top 10 Member States with the highest number of 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 5 such cases, Austria is below the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. It equals the EU average number of cases that have been resolved since December 2019 (5).

Problematic sectors: environment (10 cases) and transport (7), including 3 on air transport = 49% of all pending cases.

Average case duration: 36.5 months for the 27 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 29.3 months) – marked increase by 7.2 months and the longest average case duration ever for Austria (but the duration of cases remains below the EU average).
EU average = 37.3 months

The 3 Austrian cases with considerable duration of between 9 and 10 years are on air transport, environmental impact and free movement of people. The launch of 5 new cases (less than 1 year old) and the resolution of 4 cases with an average duration of around 2 years have a moderate impact on the calculation.

Compliance with Court rulings: 54.7 months for the 3 Single Market-related cases at this stage of the procedure and closed in the last 5 years (last report: 74.4 months).
EU average = 31.7 months

This is the 3rd highest decrease among the 24 Member States that complied with the Court’s judgments within the last 5 years (-19.7 months). Austria is no longer the Member State with the longest time lag for compliance (it is now in 4th position). Within the year, it managed to solve a case on indirect taxation with quite short time lag (15.4 months), which moderates the average compliance duration of its 2 other cases (in particular 1 on education that was solved more than 11 years after the Court ruling).

Evolution of infringement cases


Internal Market Information System (Austria)

Performance – Austria performed very well.

  • 4 of 5 indicators were above the EEA average, with 3 of them being in the top 10 results for the respective areas.
  • The percentage of requests answered to within the agreed deadline declined considerably.
  • With 48% of all requests sent under the Services Directive, Austria continued to be the most active countries in this area.
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 (Austria)

National provider: AMS (Austrian Public Employment Service)

Compliance: Partially compliant

Performance: Could be improved by providing data on user satisfaction with EURES services.

Your Europe (Austria)

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 (Austria)

  • Caseloadlarge
    Submitted cases – 32 (52 in 2019)
    Received cases – 102 (73 in 2019)
  • Cases not accepted – 50 (79 in 2019)

  • Resolution rate – 74% (76% in 2019)
  • Handling time (home centre)
    Reply in 7 days: 75% (70% in 2019) – good
    Cases prepared in 30 days: 81% (83% in 2019) – good
    Solutions accepted within 7 days: 75% (70% in 2019) – good
  • Cases not accepted within 30 days: 64% (58% in 2019) – very poor

  • Handling time (lead centre)
    Cases accepted within 7 days: 56% (64% in 2019) poor
    Cases closed in 10 weeks: 52% (64% in 2019) – very poor
  • Staffing
    urgent requiring action

Technical Regulations Information System (Austria)

Public procurement (Austria)

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

Postal services (Austria)

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: no data available for 2019 (confidentiality).

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 (Austria)

Austria’s trade integration in the single market for goods and services is above the EU average. In 2019, Austria’s trade integration for  goods decreased and for services increased.

    Goods Services
Intra-EU trade integration % GDP 2019 27.1 12.4
  Change 2018 – 2019 -2.9 4.1
Intra-EU imports % GDP 2019 27.9 11.7
  Change 2018 – 2019 -2.7 5.0

Foreign Direct Investment (Austria)

In 2019, Austria increased investments in other EU countries, while investments of the rest of the EU into Austria went into reverse.

  Intra-EU FDI flows Intra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
change 2018 - 19
-11.68 2.32 -0.15 0.06

In 2019 Austria’s investments into non-EU countries decreased further. On the other hand investments of non-EU countries into Austria increased.

  Extra-EU FDI flows Extra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
change 2018 - 19
1.24 0.32 0.14 -0.22
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