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Transposition (Estonia)

Transposition deficit: 0.5% (last report: 0.5%) – stable result and one of the 5 Member States with the lowest deficit (5th best result) and achieving the 0.5% proposed target.
EU average = 1%; proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%

Estonia's performance on this criterion is generally good. This Member State could monitor the timely transposition of directives even better: it transposed 70% of the Single Market-related directives (12 out of 17) due to have been transposed in the 6 months prior to the cut-off date for calculation (1 June – 30 November 2020). However, the delay in transposing directives is very limited (see below).

Overdue directives: 5 (last report: 5) and none are more than 2 years overdue.

Average delay: 3.6 months (last report: 8.4 months) – further decrease by 4.8 months and now the Member State with the shortest delay in transposing directives.
EU average = 7.4 months

Estonia is the best-performing Member State in this indicator. All its 5 outstanding directives have been due for less than 6 months.

Conformity deficit: 1.4% (last report: 1.4%) – stable result, in line with the EU average 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. Despite its perfect score in December 2016, Estonia has now 14 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Evolution of conformity deficit


Infringements (Estonia)

Single Market-related pending cases: 12 (4 new cases and 4 cases closed; last report: 12 pending cases) – stable result and now the Member State with the lowest number of pending cases.
EU average = 31 cases

After a decrease of around 50% in the years 2015 to 2017, the number of Estonian cases has returned to its pre-2015 level. Nevertheless, Estonia has always had a small number of pending cases, 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, Estonia is below the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. On the other hand, 4 Estonian cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is less than the EU average (5) of such cases.

Problematic sectors: no sector in particular.

Average case duration: 23.6 months for the 12 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 16.1 months) – marked increase by 7.5 months but still in the top 5 Member States with the shortest average duration.               
EU average = 37.3 months

After an impressive decrease by 68% between December 2016 and December 2019 that put Estonia in 1st position in the ranking of shortest case duration, the positive trend has reversed. On the one hand, Estonia resolved 4 cases whose average duration was short (7.7 months). On the other hand, the average duration of its moderate backlog is highly affected by a case on air transport that has been running for more than 9 years.

Compliance with Court rulings: no Single Market-related case at this stage of the procedure and closed in the last 5 years (last report: same).
EU average = 31.7 months

Evolution of infringement cases


Internal Market Information System (Estonia)

Performance – Estonia’s performance remains excellent.

  • All 5 indicators were well above the EEA average and among the top 5 results for the respective areas.
  • The speed in answering requests improved significantly.
  • Estonia received a 100% score in the efforts related 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 (Estonia)

National provider: Eesti Töötukassa

Compliance: Partially compliant

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

Your Europe (Estonia)

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 (Estonia)

  • Caseloadsmall
    Submitted cases – 11 (17 in 2019)
    Received cases – 6 (2 in 2019)
  • Cases not accepted – 10 (4 in 2019)

  • Resolution rate – 100% (100% in 2019)
  • Handling time (home centre)
    Reply in 7 days: 100% (88% in 2019) – good
    Cases prepared in 30 days: 100% (100% in 2019) – good
    Solutions accepted within 7 days: 100% (100% in 2019 ) – good
  • Cases not accepted within 30 days: 100% (100% in 2019) – good

  • Handling time (lead centre)
    Cases accepted within 7 days:  100% (100% in 2019) good
    Cases closed in 10 weeks:  100% (100% in 2019) – good
  • Staffing

Technical Regulations Information System (Estonia)

Public procurement (Estonia)

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

Postal services (Estonia)

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: next-day delivery performance has been on the decline the last few years, reaching 71.5% in 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 (Estonia)

Estonia has a high level of trade integration in the single market for goods and services, both well above the EU average. In 2019,  however both indicators decreased.

    Goods Services
Intra-EU trade integration % GDP 2019 38.1 15.9
  Change 2018 – 2019 -6.5 -2.0
Intra-EU imports % GDP 2019 41.7 13.9
  Change 2018 – 2019 -5.2 -2.6

Foreign Direct Investment (Estonia)

In 2019, Estonia’s FDI into other EU countries as well as other EU countries' FDI into Estonia increased substantially. The value of FDI stock increased as well.

  Intra-EU FDI flows Intra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
Year-on-year  change 2018 – 19 1.11 14.87 0.10 0.34

FDI of non-EU countries into Estonia increased substantially in 2019. FDI of Estonia into non-EU countries decreased. Value of foreign FDI stock increased while value of Estonian FDI outside the EU remained unchanged.

  Extra-EU FDI flows Extra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19 2.80 -0.80 0.35 0.00
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