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Transposition (Luxembourg)

Transposition deficit: 1.9% (last report: 0.6%) – huge increase by 1.3 percentage point, and in a group of 6 Members States that more than doubled their deficit within the year and consequently missed the 1% target.
EU average = 1%; proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%

After having the highest decrease in deficit within a year in 2019, Luxembourg has now the highest increase. It is also in a group of 3 Member States with the highest deficit. In addition, Luxembourg only transposed 4 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (24%) 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 it may have difficulties in monitoring the timely transposition of directives. Transposition is an ongoing process and any let-up may result in the deficit quickly increasing.

Overdue directives: 20 (last report: 6) including 5 on environment and 4 on transport. One directive is more than 2 years overdue: Directive 2012/34/EU on the Single European railway area.

Average delay: 8.3 months (last report: 7.8 months) – slight increase by 0.5 months and in a group of 8 Member States that increased their delay in transposing directives within the year.
EU average = 7.4 months

Luxembourg added one long overdue directive (due for 2 years or more) to its backlog but most of its other outstanding directives (13/19) have been due for less than 6 months.

Conformity deficit: 0.9% (last report: 0.7%) – increase by 0.2 percentage point, Luxembourg’s highest deficit ever but the 2nd lowest deficit among the Member States.
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 of December 2017, Luxembourg has now 9 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed. It remains however well under the EU average deficit and among the top 5 Member States with the lowest conformity deficit.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Evolution of conformity deficit


Infringements (Luxembourg)

Single Market-related pending cases: 18(8 new cases, including 4 on taxation, and 1 case closed; last report: 11 pending cases) – huge increase by 7 cases, the highest percentage increase (+64%) within a year.
EU average = 31 cases

Luxembourg is no longer the Member State with the fewest cases. Nevertheless, it remains 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 8 such cases, Luxembourg is above the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. In addition, only 1 Luxembourg case has been resolved since December 2019, which is much less than the EU average (5) of such cases.

Problematic sectors: environment, transport and direct taxation (4 cases each) = 67% of all pending cases.

Average case duration: 24.4 months for the 17 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 27.9 months) – decrease of 3.5 months and in the top 5 Member States with the shortest average duration of cases.
EU average = 37.3 months

Luxembourg is in a group of 8 Member States whose average case duration decreased within the last year. Luxembourg has 2 cases on air transport that have been running for 6 and 10 years, which are partly offset by the launch of 8 new cases (less than 1 year old).

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: 41.3 months).
EU average = 31.7 months

Luxembourg is in a group of 9 Member States whose average compliance increased within the last year (+9.3 months). The is mainly because 1 case with a very short compliance period (4.4 months) is now more than 5 years old and is no longer part of the calculation. Out of the 4 remaining cases, 1 case on water management & protection needed more than 12 years to comply with the Court’s ruling and pushed up the average.

Evolution of infringement cases


Internal Market Information System (Luxembourg)

Performance – Luxembourg’s performance was poor.

  • All 5 indicators showed performance below the EEA average.
  • The percentage of requests accepted within 1 week improved but not significantly.
  • Answering speed increased slightly.
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 (Luxembourg)

National provider:ADEM (Agence pour le développement de l’emploi)

Compliance: Not compliant

Performance: Data on user satisfaction with EURES services should be provided.

Your Europe (Luxembourg)

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 (Luxembourg)

  • Caseloadsmall
    Submitted cases – 32 (25 in 2019)
    Received cases – 13 (16 in 2019)
  • Cases not accepted – 16 (9 in 2019)

  • Resolution rate – 77%(94% in 2019)
  • Handling time (home centre)
    Reply in 7 days: 74% (67% in 2019) – poor
    Cases prepared in 30 days: 88% (100% in 2019) – good
    Solutions accepted within 7 days: 90% (88% in 2019 ) – good
  • Cases not accepted within 30 days: 88% (56% in 2019) - good

  • Handling time (lead centre)
    Cases accepted within 7 days:  69%(94% in 2019)poor
    Cases closed in 10 weeks:  54% (81% in 2019) – very poor
  • Staffing
    needs improvement

Technical Regulations Information System (Luxembourg)

Public procurement (Luxembourg)

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

Postal services (Luxembourg)

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: decreased to 98% 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 (Luxembourg)

Luxembourg's trade integration in the single market for goods is above the EU average. Trade integration for services is the highest of all Member States. In 2019, both indicators decreased.

Intra-EU trade integration% GDP 201928.396.5
 Change 2018 – 2019-3.8-1.6
Intra-EU imports% GDP 201930.177
 Change 2018 – 2019-5.1-2.6

Foreign Direct Investment (Luxembourg)

In 2019, Luxembourg was disinvesting from the rest of the EU and rest of the EU was disinvesting from Luxembourg. Both however, at lower levels than in 2018. The inward FDI stock value increased while outward decreased.

 Intra-EUFDI flowsIntra-EUFDI stocks
Year-on-year change 2018 – 190.660.270.03-0.03

Similarly, in 2019 Luxembourg was disinvesting from non-EU countries and non-EU countries were disinvesting from Luxembourg. Also in both cases at lower levels than in 2018. While foreign FDI stock value decreased the value of Luxembourg's FDI increased.

 Extra-EUFDI flowsExtra-EUFDI stocks
Year-on-year change 2018 – 190.630.97-0.060.03
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