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Transposition (Malta)

Transposition deficit: 0.7% (last report: 0.3%) – increase by 0.4 percentage point, but still well below the 1% target.
EU average = 1%; proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%

Malta constantly performs well on this criterion. It is one of the 2 Member States (with Denmark) that always achieved the 1% target over the past decade and beyond. However, it transposed 10 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (59%) 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 Malta may have recently faced some difficulties in monitoring the timely transposition of directives, although both the average delay in transposing directives and the correctness of the transposition are much better than the EU average (see below).

Overdue directives: 7 (last report: 3) including 4 on environment and none more than 2 years overdue.

Average delay: 3.7 months (last report: 18.1 months) – marked decrease by 14.4 months (2nd highest decrease within a year).
EU average = 7.4 months

Having the 3rd highest delay in transposing directives in December 2019, Malta is now the Member State with the 2nd shortest delay. Its 7 outstanding directives have been due for less than 6 months.

Conformity deficit: 0.8% (last report: 0.6%) – increase by 0.2 percentage point, Malta’s highest deficit ever but still the 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 consistently good performance on this criterion and a perfect score reached several times, Malta has now 8 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed. Malta is however the only Member State whose conformity deficit and transposition deficit are both under 1%.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Evolution of conformity deficit


Infringements (Malta)

Single Market-related pending cases: 24 (7 new cases, including 3 in the environment sector and 3 on transport, and 3 cases closed; last report: 20 pending cases) – new increase by 4 cases (+380% since December 2016).
EU average = 31 cases

After an impressive decreasing trend between November 2009 and December 2016 (from 29 to 5 cases), Malta’s number of cases is rising again.

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, Malta is in line with the EU average of new cases launched within a year. However, only 3 Maltese cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is less than the EU average (5) of such cases.

Problematic sectors: environment (7 cases) and transport (7), including 4 on air transport = 58% of all pending cases.

Average case duration: 38 months for the 24 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 34.8 months) – increase by 3.2 months.
EU average = 37.3 months

After an impressive decrease by 50% between December 2016 and December 2019, the average duration of Maltese cases rose again (although to a moderate extent). Most of the Maltese cases (18/24) have been running for less than 3 years. The 3 cases with considerable durations of between 10 and 16 years are in the air transport and indirect taxation sectors. They are partly offset by the launch of 7 new cases (less than 1 year old).

Compliance with Court rulings: 2.8 months for the only Single Market-related case at this stage of the procedure and closed in the last 5 years (last report: 27.5 months)
EU average = 31.7 months

Malta is the Member State whose average compliance with Court rulings decreased the most within the last year (-24.7 months). It is now in 1st position in the ranking of shortest time lags, below both the EU average and the 18-month threshold for compliance. This huge decrease is a result of 1 out of its 2 cases that needed more than 4 years for compliance now being more than 5 years old and no longer being part of the calculation.

Evolution of infringement cases


Internal Market Information System (Malta)

Performance – Malta’s performance was poor.

  • All 5 indicators were below the EEA average.
  • The percentage of requests accepted within 1 week increased but other indicators decreased noticeably.
  • The counterpart’s satisfaction indicators fell below 90%.
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 (Malta)

National provider: Jobsplus

Compliance: Partially compliant

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

Your Europe (Malta)

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 (Malta)

  • Caseloadsmall
    Submitted cases – 11 (8 in 2019)
    Received cases – 18 (14 in 2019)
  • Cases not accepted – 2 (9 in 2019)

  • Resolution rate – 94% (92% in 2019)
  • Handling time (home centre)
    Reply in 7 days: 100% (93% in 2019) – good
    Cases prepared in 30 days: 91% (88% in 2019) –  good
    Solutions accepted within 7 days: 100% (50% in 2019 ) – good
  • Cases not accepted within 30 days: 100% (56% in 2019) - good

  • Handling time (lead centre)
    Cases accepted within 7 days:  100% (100% in 2019) good
    Cases closed in 10 weeks:  81% (75% in 2019) – good
  • Staffing

Technical Regulations Information System (Malta)

Public procurement (Malta)

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

Postal services (Malta)

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: good, stable performance. In 2018, it was 92.5%.

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 (Malta)

Malta's trade integration in the single market for goods is below the EU average, while trade integration in services is the second highest of all Member States, eight times higher than the EU average. In 2019, indicator for goods decreased  while for services increased by double digits.

    Goods Services
Intra-EU trade integration % GDP 2019 15.0 60.1
  Change 2018 – 2019 -6.1 15.9
Intra-EU imports % GDP 2019 20.3 49.3
  Change 2018 – 2019 -2.8 18.4

Foreign Direct Investment (Malta)

In 2019, Malta continued to disinvest from other EU countries, while other EU countries increased their FDI into Malta. The value of inward FDI stock increased while the value of outward stock decreased.

  Intra-EU FDI flows Intra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19 0.17 0.00 0.05 -0.02

Similarly, in 2019 Malta continued disinvesting from non-EU countries, and non-EU countries invested almost 50% less in Malta than in 2018. The value of incoming FDI stock increased while outward stock decreased.

  Extra-EU FDI flows Extra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19 -0.48 -0.01 0.04 -0.02
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