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Transposition deficit: 1.9% (last report: 1%) – marked increase by 0.9 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 achieving the 1% objective in 2019, Cyprus is now back above the threshold and one of the 3 Member States with the highest deficit. In addition, it only transposed 7 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (41%) 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 Cyprus 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: 20 (last report: 10) including 5 on transport and 4 on environment. No directive is more than 2 years overdue.

Average delay: 6.7 months (last report: 9.1 months) – decrease by 2.4 months and below the EU average delay.
EU average = 7.4 months

Cyprus’s backlog is high: 10 directives have been due for between 6 and 12 months and 10 directives for less than 6 months.

Conformity deficit: 1.1% (last report: 0.6%) – marked increase by 0.5 percentage point (highest increase within a year) and Croatia’s highest deficit ever.
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. Despite consistently good performance on this criterion and a perfect score in December 2017, Cyprus has now 11 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed and 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. Cyprus’ conformity deficit is however still better than the EU average.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Evolution of conformity deficit

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