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Transposition (Netherlands)

Transposition deficit: 1% (last report: 0.6%) – further increase, by 0.4 percentage point, but still in line with the 1% target. 
EU average = 1%; proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%

After reaching its best ever result in December 2018 (0.3%), the Netherlands goes in the wrong direction and is close to exceed the 1% threshold. It transposed 13 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (76%) due to have been transposed in the 6 months prior to the cut-off date for calculation (1 June – 30 November 2020). This result is satisfactory but shows that the Netherlands could monitor the timely transposition of directives even better.

Overdue directives: 10 (last report: 6). Two directives are more than 2 years overdue: (1) Directive 2014/45/EU on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers and (2) Directive 2013/59/EUR on basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation.

Average delay: 12.8 months (last report: 12 months) – new slight increase by 0.8 months and in a group of 8 Member States that increased their delay in transposing directives within the year.
EU average = 7.4 months

The Netherlands has 2 long overdue directives (due for 2 years of more) and 1 directive that has been due for over a year. Their duration is offset by the shortest duration of its 7 other outstanding directives.

Conformity deficit: 1.7% (last report: 1.4%) – increase by 0.3 percentage point and the highest deficit ever for the Netherlands.
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 17 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed, the Netherlands is above the EU average deficit.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Evolution of conformity deficit


Infringements (Netherlands)

Single Market-related pending cases: 24 (4 new cases and 6 cases closed; last report: 26 pending cases) – slight decrease by 2 cases and in a group of 5 Member States that reduced their number of cases within a year.
EU average = 31 cases

The number of Dutch pending cases has remained constant over the past 6 years (between 18 and 26 cases), well below the EU average number of cases.

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, the Netherlands is below the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. In addition, 6 Dutch cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is more than the EU average (5) of such cases.

Problematic sectors: transport (6 cases), including 3 on air transport; environment (5) and energy (4) = 63% of all pending cases.

Average case duration: 42.6 months for the 23 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 38.5 months) – new increase by 4.1 months and duration of cases now above the EU average.
EU average = 37.3 months

Seven Dutch cases in the sectors of transport, direct taxation and services have been ongoing for between 5 and 13 years and are weighing heavily in the calculation of the average duration. Nevertheless, the country has recently managed to resolve 6 cases with an average duration of almost 2 years, which moderate the final result.

Compliance with Court rulings: 25.5 months for the 3 Single Market-related cases at this stage of the procedure and closed in the last 5 years (last report: 24.9 months).
EU average = 31.7 months

The Netherlands is in a group of 9 Member States whose average compliance increased within the last year, although to a moderate extent (+0.6 month). This slight increase is a result of 1 case with moderate compliance (2 years) now being more than 5 years old and no longer being part of the calculation. The 3 remaining cases also needed a moderate time lag for compliance (of between 1.5 and 3 years). The Netherlands is still above the 18-month threshold for compliance with Court rulings but below the EU average.

Evolution of infringement cases


Internal Market Information System (Netherlands)

Performance – The Netherlands performed moderately well.

  • The Netherlands’ performance was below the EEA average for 3 indicators.
  • Performance increased significantly for 3 indicators especially for the efforts survey related indicator.
  • Efforts should be further made in improving the speed in answering the requests.
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 (Netherlands)

National provider: UWV (Dutch Public Employment Service)

Compliance: Partially compliant

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

Your Europe (Netherlands)

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 (Netherlands)

  • Caseloadlarge
    Submitted cases – 97 (85 in 2019)
    Received cases – 42 (54 in 2019)
  • Cases not accepted – 124 (105 in 2019)

  • Resolution rate – 89% (78% in 2019)
  • Handling time (home centre)
    Reply in 7 days: 98% (93% in 2019) – good
    Cases prepared in 30 days: 84% (82% in 2019) – good
    Solutions accepted within 7 days: 91% (91% in 2019 ) – good
  • Cases not accepted within 30 days: 69% (57% in 2019) - poor

  • Handling time (lead centre)
    Cases accepted within 7 days: 89% (90% in 2019) good
    Cases closed in 10 weeks: 84% (76% in 2019) – good  
  • Staffing
    needs improvement

Technical Regulations Information System (Netherlands)

Public procurement (Netherlands)

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

Postal services (Netherlands)

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 transit time performance in the period under review. In 2018, 94% of letters were delivered the next day.

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 (Netherlands)

The Netherlands’ trade integration in the single market for goods and services is above the EU average. In 2019, the country’s trade integration decrease for goods and increased substantially for services.

    Goods Services
Intra-EU trade integration % GDP 2019 35.4 13.7
  Change 2018 – 2019 -3.5 7.2
Intra-EU imports % GDP 2019 28.4 12.3
  Change 2018 – 2019 -2.9 5.3

Foreign Direct Investment (Netherlands)

In 2019, the Netherlands increased its FDI into other EU countries following two years of disinvestment. The rest of the EU continued to disinvest from the Netherlands albeit at lower level. Both inward and outward FDI stocks decreased.

  Intra-EU FDI flows Intra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19  0.84 1.37 -0.08 -0.02

in 2019, the Netherlands increased also its FDI into non-EU countries, and non-EU countries increased their FDI into the Netherlands. The FDI stocks increased.

  Extra-EU FDI flows Extra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19 1.28 1.20 0.04 0.02
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