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Transposition (Lithuania)

Transposition deficit: 0.8% (last report: 0.2%) – marked increase by 0.6 percentage point, but still in line with the 1% target.
EU average = 1%; proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%

After a constant decrease of its deficit since December 2016, Lithuania goes now on the wrong direction. It transposed 12 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (70%) due to be transposed in the 6 months prior to the cut-off date for calculation (1 June – 30 November 2020). This shows that Lithuania could monitor the timely transposition of directives even better. Transposition is an ongoing process and any let-up may result in the deficit quickly increasing.

Overdue directives: 8 (last report: 2), including 3 on environment. One directive is more than 2 years overdue: Directive 2013/59/EUR on basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation.

Average delay: 7.8 months (last report: 16.1 months) – marked decrease by 8.3 months.
EU average = 7.4 months

In December 2019, Lithuania was among the Member States with the highest delay in transposing directives because 1 out of its 2 outstanding directives was due for more than 2 years and significantly contributed to the average delay. Lithuania is now close to the EU average. It is still with 1 long overdue directive but with 5 out of its 7 other outstanding directives have been due for less than 6 months.

Conformity deficit: 1.1% (last report: 0.8%) – increase by 0.3 percentage point and Lithuania’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 its almost perfect score of December 2018 (0.1%), Lithuania has now 11 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed. It is however well below the EU average.

Evolution of transposition deficit

 

Evolution of conformity deficit

 

Infringements (Lithuania)

Single Market-related pending cases: 17 (7 new cases, including 3 in the environment sector, and 2 cases closed; last report: 12 pending cases) – marked increase by 5 cases, the 4th highest percentage increase (+42%) within a year.
EU average = 31 cases

Lithuania has not had this many cases since November 2010. It is still the Member States with the 3rd lowest number of infringement 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 7 such cases, Lithuania is in line with the EU average of new cases launched within a year. On the other hand, only 2 Lithuanian cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is less than the EU average (5) of such cases.

Problematic sectors: environment (5 cases) and transport (4), including 3 on air transport = 47% of all pending cases.

Average case duration: 34.2 months for the 12 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 36.7 months) – new slight decrease by 2.5 months and duration of cases now below the EU average.
EU average = 37.3 months

Lithuania’s average duration of cases has steadily decreased since December 2017 (-20%). The considerable duration of the 4 Lithuanian cases that have been running for more than 5 years – on air transport and free movement of people & Union citizenship – is partly offset by the shorter duration (less than 1 year) of 7 new cases launched within the year.

Compliance with Court rulings: 50.6 months for the only 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

No change since the previous period. With a single case on registration of motor vehicles, which needed 50.6 months for compliance, Lithuania is above both the 18-month threshold for compliance with Court rulings and the EU average.

Evolution of infringement cases

 

Internal Market Information System (Lithuania)

Performance – Lithuania’s performance was excellent.

  • All indicators were above EEA average and 4 were among top 10 values in their respective areas.
  • Lithuania had the best result in requests accepted within 1 week.
  • Lithuania improved noticeably on all indicators.
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 (Lithuania)

National provider: LDB (Lithuanian Labour Exchange)

Compliance: Fully compliant

Performance: The submission of both job vacancies and CVs to the EURES Portal is ensured.

Your Europe (Lithuania)

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 (Lithuania)

  • Caseloadsmall
    Submitted cases – 23 (34 in 2019)
    Received cases – 5 (4 in 2019)
  • Cases not accepted – 31 (26 in 2019)

  • Resolution rate – 100% (100% in 2019)
  • Handling time (home centre)
    Reply in 7 days:  89% (88% in 2019) – good
    Cases prepared in 30 days: 83% (82% in 2019) – good
    Solutions accepted within 7 days: 91% (94% in 2019 ) – good
  • Cases not accepted within 30 days: 61% (46% in 2019) - poor

  • 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

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Technical Regulations Information System (Lithuania)

Public procurement (Lithuania)

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

Trade in goods and services (Lithuania)

Lithuania's trade integration in the single market for goods and services is well above the EU average. In 2019, trade integration in goods decreased, while trade integration in services recorded one of the highest annual increases among the EU Member States.

    Goods Services
Intra-EU trade integration % GDP 2019 36.9 13.1
  Change 2018 – 2019 -3.2 14.4
Intra-EU imports % GDP 2018 38.8 9.2
  Change 2018 – 2019 -3.9 10.5

Foreign Direct Investment (Lithuania)

In 2019, Lithuania's FDI into other EU countries decreased substantially, while other EU countries' FDI into Lithuania was slightly lower than last year. The inward FDI stock value increased, while the outward decreased slightly.

  Intra-EU FDI flows Intra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19 -0.01 -0.96 0.08 -0.01

in 2019, Lithuania's FDI into non-EU countries more than doubled, and FDI from non-EU countries into Lithuania increased substantially after disinvestments in 2018. The FDI stock value increased significantly as well.

  Extra-EU FDI flows Extra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19 10.83 1.27 0.17 0.23
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