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Transposition (Portugal)

Transposition deficit: 0.1% (last report: 0.5%) – marked decrease by 0.4 percentage point (the highest decrease), best result ever and now the Member State with the lowest deficit.
EU average = 1%; proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%

Portugal continued its impressive progress on lowering its transposition deficit (a 97% reduction, from 3.4% in December 2016 to 0.1% in December 2020). In addition, it transposed 16 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (94%) due to have been transposed in the 6 months prior to the cut-off date for calculation (1 June – 30 November 2020). Coming from the highest overall transposition deficit 4 years ago, this shows that Portugal made excellent progress in monitoring the timely transposition of directives, although it has some difficulties in transposing directives correctly (see below).

Overdue directives: 1 (last report: 5) which is less than 2 years overdue.

Average delay: 4 months (last report: 8.8 months) – marked decrease by 4.8 months and among the top 5 Member States with the shortest delays in transposing directives.
EU average = 7.4 months

Portugal has only 1 outstanding directive, which has been due for 4 months.

Conformity deficit: 1.3% (last report: 1.3%) – stable result.
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, Portugal is now below the EU average deficit.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Evolution of conformity deficit


Infringements (Portugal)

Single Market-related pending cases: 37(9 new cases, including 8 on transport, and 4 cases closed, including 3 in the environment sector; last report: 32 pending cases) – new marked increase by 5 cases (+ 11 cases since December 2018), after the impressive decrease of 14 cases between December 2017 and December 2018.               
EU average = 31 cases

Portugal is now in the top 10 Member States with the highest number of pending cases, above 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 9 such cases, Portugal is above the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. In addition, 4 Portuguese cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is less than the EU average (5) of such cases.

Problematic sectors: transport (13 cases), in particular air transport (5) and sustainable and intelligent transport (4); environment (7) = 54% of all pending cases.

Average case duration: 42.8 months for the 31 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 40 months) – slight increase by 2.8 months.
EU average = 37.3 months

Five Portuguese cases in the sectors of air transport, indirect taxation, waste management and employment have been ongoing for between 9 and 16 years and are weighing heavily in the calculation of the average duration. Nevertheless, the launch of 9 new cases (less than 1 year old) and the resolution of 4 cases with an average duration of 30 months have a positive impact on the final result.

Compliance with Court rulings: 43.6 months for the 9 Single Market-related cases 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. Out of the 9 Portuguese cases, 2 needed particularly long time for compliance (9.5 and 7.5 years). Over one-third of the rulings are about transport (4/9) and one-third about taxation (3/9).

Evolution of infringement cases


Internal Market Information System (Portugal)

Performance – Portugal performed well.

  • Performance improved for all 5 indicators, especially those related to counterparts satisfaction levels.
  • 2 indicators were on the EEA average level whereas 2 are below.
  • Efforts were made to improve acceptance of requests within 1 week and to respond within the deadline agreed in IMI.
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 (Portugal)

National provider: IEFP (Institute for Employment and Vocational Training)

Compliance: Partially compliant

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

Your Europe (Portugal)

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 (Portugal)

  • Caseloadlarge
    Submitted cases – 127 (85 in 2019)
    Received cases – 136 (156 in 2019)
  • Cases not accepted – 91 (76 in 2019)

  • Resolution rate – 94%(99% in 2019)
  • Handling time (home centre)
    Reply in 7 days: 96% (96% in 2019) – good
    Cases prepared in 30 days: 90% (95% in 2019) – good
    Solutions accepted within 7 days: 98% (95% in 2019 ) – good
  • Cases not accepted within 30 days: 67% (72% in 2019) - poor

  • Handling time (lead centre)
    Cases accepted within 7 days:  100%(99% in 2019)good
    Cases closed in 10 weeks:  46% (67% in 2019) – very poor
  • Staffing

Technical Regulations Information System (Portugal)

Public procurement (Portugal)

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

Postal services (Portugal)

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: improved to 88.2% 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 (Portugal)

Portugal’s trade integration in the single market for goods and services is  above the EU average. In 2019, both indicators increased.

Intra-EU trade integration% GDP 201924.18.7
 Change 2018 – 20190.33.5
Intra-EU imports% GDP 201927.45.7
 Change 2018 – 2019-0.18.7

Foreign Direct Investment (Portugal)

In 2019, Portugal was disinvesting from the rest of the EU, while the rest of the EU invested slightly less than a year before into Portugal. FDI stocks increased.

 Intra-EUFDI flowsIntra-EUFDI stocks
Year-on-year percentage change 2017 – 18-0.01-

Similarly, Portugal was also disinvesting from non-EU countries in 2019, albeit at lower level than in 2018. Non-EU countries' FDI into Portugal increased. The stock value of foreign FDI increased substantially, while Portugal's FDI stock remained unchanged. 

 Extra-EUFDI flowsExtra-EUFDI stocks
Year-on-year percentage change 2017 – 181.19-0.420.110.00
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