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Transposition (Denmark)

Transposition deficit: 0.3% (last report: 0.2%) – slight increase by 0.1 percentage point but one of the 5 Member States with the lowest deficit (2nd best result) and achieving the 0.5% proposed target.
EU average = 1%; proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%

Denmark constantly performs well on this criterion. It is one of the 2 Member States (with Malta) that always achieved the 1% target over the past decade and beyond. In addition, it transposed 16 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (94%) 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 Denmark monitors the timely transposition of directives very well.

Overdue directives: 3 (last report: 2) and none are more than 2 years overdue.

Average delay: 7.9 months (last report: 32.2 months) – huge decrease by 24.3 months (the highest decrease within a year) and the delay is now close to the EU average.
EU average = 7.4 months

Denmark managed to transpose the long overdue directive (2 years or more) that significantly contributed to its very high 2019 average delay.

Conformity deficit: 1% (last report: 1.2%) – decrease by 0.2 percentage point and in the top 5 Member States with the lowest conformity deficit.
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 10 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed, Denmark’s deficit is however well below the EU average.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Evolution of conformity deficit


Infringements (Denmark)

Single Market-related pending cases: 19 (4 new cases and 6 cases closed; last report: 21 pending cases) slight decrease by 2 cases and in a group of 5 Member States that reduced their number of cases within a year.
EU average = 31 cases

After a decrease of around 25% in the years 2015 to 2017, the number of Danish cases has returned to its pre-2015 level. Nevertheless, Denmark is in the top 5 Member States with the lowest number of cases and well below the EU average.

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 4 such cases, Denmark is under the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. In addition, 6 Danish cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is more than the EU average (5) of such cases.

Problematic sectors: environment (5 cases) = 26% of all pending cases.

Average case duration: 32.4 months for the 17 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 24.9 months) – marked increase by 7.5 months but duration of cases still below the EU average.
EU average = 37.3 months

Denmark is no longer in the top 5 Member States with the shortest average case duration (it is now in 10th position). Out of the moderate number of Danish cases (17), 2 are more than 8 years old (1 case on air transport and 1 on direct taxation) and are weighing heavily in the calculation of the average duration.

Compliance with Court rulings: 15.8 months for the 3 Single Market-related cases at this stage of the procedure and closed in the last 5 years (last report: same).       
EU average = 31.7 months

No change since the previous period. The 3 Danish cases mentioned above needed between 3 and 27 months for compliance. Denmark is among the 5 Member States that are in line with the 18-month threshold for compliance with Court rulings. It has the 4th shortest time lag among the 24 Member States that complied with the Court’s judgments within the last 5 years.

Evolution of infringement cases


Internal Market Information System (Denmark)

Performance – Denmark performed very well.

  • The speed in answering requests was excellent and placed in the top 5 results.
  • 4 of 5 indicators improved compared to previous year yet 3 of them were on the EEA average or below.
  • Denmark received a 100% score in the effort counterparts’ satisfaction survey.
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 (Denmark)

National provider: STAR (Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment)

Compliance: Partially compliant

Performance: Could be improved by providing numbers of incoming job-finders.

Your Europe (Denmark)

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 (Denmark)

  • Caseloadmedium
    Submitted cases – 51 (46 in 2019)
    Received cases – 22 (40 in 2019)
  • Cases not accepted – 34 (36 in 2019)

  • Resolution rate – 95% (93% in 2019)
  • Handling time (home centre)
    Reply in 7 days: 91% (86% in 2019) – good
    Cases prepared in 30 days: 94% (91% in 2019) – good
    Solutions accepted within 7 days: 86% (83% in 2019 ) – good
  • Cases not accepted within 30 days:79% (72% in 2019) - good

  • Handling time (lead centre)
    Cases accepted within 7 days:  95% (80% in 2019) good
    Cases closed in 10 weeks:  59% (80% in 2019) – poor
  • Staffing

Technical Regulations Information System (Denmark)

Public procurement (Denmark)

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

Postal services (Denmark)

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: stable performance, reaching 95.4% by 2019.

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 (Denmark)

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

    Goods Services
Intra-EU trade integration % GDP 2019 20.0 11.5
  Change 2018 – 2019 0.5 -0.4
Intra-EU imports % GDP 2019 20.1 12.0
  Change 2018 – 2019 -1.6 2.1

Foreign Direct Investment (Denmark)

In 2019, Denmark was disinvesting from other EU countries and other EU countries were disinvesting from Denmark. The valuation of FDI stock decreased as well.

  Intra-EU FDI flows Intra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19 -3.67 -2.75 -0.13 -0.03

Similarly, Denmark was disinvesting from the non-EU countries, and they were disinvesting from Denmark (albeit at slower speed). The valuation of FDI stock decreased as well.

  Extra-EU FDI flows Extra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19 0.01 -5.68 -0.01 -0.06
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