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Transposition (Ireland)

Transposition deficit: 1.3% (last report: 0.8%) – 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 having regularly reduced its number of overdue directives since December 2016, Ireland is now back above the 1% threshold. Nevertheless, it transposed 14 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (82%) 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 Ireland monitors the timely transposition of directives quite well, although 1 of its outstanding directives has been due for a long time (see below).

Overdue directives: 13 (last report: 8). One directive is more than 2 years overdue: Directive 2014/52/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment.

Average delay: 12.2 months (last report: 17.2 months) – marked decrease by 5 months but still the 2nd highest delay in transposing directives.
EU average = 7.4 months

Ireland managed to transpose 1 of its 2 long overdue directives (due for 2 years or more). However, the remaining one has been due for 3.5 years and contributes significantly to the average delay. In addition, out of the 12 other remaining directives, 2 have been due for between 1 and 2 years and 7 have been due for more than 6 months.

Conformity deficit: 1.3% (last report: 1.1%) – increase by 0.2 percentage point and Ireland’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. With 13 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed, Ireland remains under the EU average deficit.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Evolution of conformity deficit


Infringements (Ireland)

Single Market-related pending cases: 23(3 new cases and 5 cases closed; last report: 26 pending cases) – decrease by 3 cases, and in a group of 5 Member States that reduced their number of cases within a year.
EU average = 31 cases

The last time that the number of Irish pending cases exceeded the EU average was in May 2010.

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 3 such cases (the lowest number among the Member States), Ireland is well under 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 (8 cases), including 4 on water protection & management; transport (4) = 52% of all pending cases.

Average case duration: 51.6 months for the 21 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 44.3 months) – marked increase by 7.3 months.
EU average = 37.3 months

Ireland is now the Member State with the 2nd longest average duration of cases, up from the 4th longest duration a year ago. The reason for the long average duration of Irish cases is that one third of them have been pending for between 6 and 15 years (2 cases on air transport and 2 cases in the environment sector have the longest durations) and have a big impact on the calculation.

Compliance with Court rulings: 27.4 months for the 3 Single Market-related cases at this stage of the procedure and closed in the last 5 years (last report: 47.5 months).
EU average = 31.7 months

Ireland is the 2nd Member State whose average compliance decreased the most within the last year (-20.1 months). It is no longer in the top 5 Member States with the longest time lag. This is mainly because 4 cases – in particular 1 on waste management with a long compliance period (10 years), which pushed up the average – are now more than 5 years old and are no longer part of the calculation. Ireland is above the 18-month threshold for compliance with Court rulings but now below the EU average time lag.

Evolution of infringement cases


Internal Market Information System (Ireland)

Performance – Ireland’s performance was excellent.

  • All 5 indicators showed performance above the EEA average.
  • Ireland improved noticeably on 4 indicators.
  • The speed in answering requests decreased but remained very good.
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 (Ireland)

National provider:Department of Social Protection

Compliance: Fully compliant

Performance: Could be improved by transferring both job vacancies and CVs to the EURES Portal.

Your Europe (Ireland)

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 (Ireland)

  • Caseloadmedium
    Submitted cases – 32 (53 in 2019)
    Received cases – 47 (56 in 2019)
  • Cases not accepted – 53 (67 in 2019)

  • Resolution rate –  87% (87% in 2019)
  • Handling time (home centre)
    Reply in 7 days: 100% (89% in 2019) – good
    Cases prepared in 30 days: 97% (89% in 2019) – good
    Solutions accepted within 7 days: 75% (83% in 2019 ) – good
  • Cases not accepted within 30 days: 72% (85% in 2019) - poor

  • Handling time (lead centre)
    Cases accepted within 7 days:  59%(89% in 2019)poor
    Cases closed in 10 weeks:  63% (69% in 2019) – poor
  • Staffing

Technical Regulations Information System (Ireland)

Public procurement (Ireland)

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

Postal services (Ireland)

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 in the last few years; 90% of letters were delivered the next day 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 (Ireland)

Ireland had high level of trade integration in the single market for services. Trade integration for goods, was only slightly above the EU average. In 2019 trade integration for goods decreased, while trade integration for services increased.

Intra-EU trade integration% GDP 201921.625.3
 Change 2018 – 2019-8.35.1
Intra-EU imports% GDP 201917.422.3
 Change 2018 – 2019-6.45.6

Foreign Direct Investment (Ireland)

In 2019, Ireland was disinvesting from the other EU countries and the other EU countries were disinvesting from Ireland. In both cases at lower levels than in 2018. However, while the value of FDI stock of other EU countries decreased the value of Ireland's FDI stock in the EU increased

 Intra-EUFDI flowsIntra-EUFDI stocks
Year-on-year change 2018 – 190.840.70-0.130.15

In 2019, Ireland was disinvesting also from non-EU countries, while FDI into Ireland from outside the EU decreased. FDI stock value increased both for inward and outward investments.

 Extra-EUFDI flowsExtra-EUFDI stocks
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19-0.37-
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