Transposition deficit: 1.5% (last report: 0.8%) – marked increase by 0.7 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 to stay there, Belgium is now back above this threshold. In addition, it transposed only 6 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (35%) 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 Belgium may have some difficulties in monitoring the timely transposition of the directives, although with a moderate delay (see below). Transposition is an ongoing process and any let-up may result in the deficit quickly increasing.
Overdue directives: 15 (last report: 8) including 5 on transport and 4 on environment. No directive is more than 2 years overdue.
Average delay: 4.9 months (last report: 7.1 months) – further decrease by 2.2 months and best ever result, well below the EU average.
EU average = 7.4 months
Belgium has 15 outstanding directives of which 11 have been due for less than 6 months.
Conformity deficit: 1.1% (last report: 0.9%) – 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. With 11 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed, Belgium remains under the EU average deficit.