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Transposition (Slovakia)

Transposition deficit: 1.4% (last report: 0.2%) – huge increase by 1.2 percentage points (the second highest increase within the year), 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%

Slovakia is back to its deficit of May 2006, after 14 years without ever exceeding the 1% threshold. In addition, it only transposed 9 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (53%) 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 Slovakia may have now some 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: 14 (last report: 2) including 4 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: 7.5 months (last report: 8.8 months) – slight decrease by 1.3 months and still in line with the EU average delay.
EU average = 7.4 months

Slovakia added 1 long overdue directive (due for 2 years or more) to its backlog and 5 directives are being due by more than 6 months. Nevertheless, their duration is offset by the shorter duration of the 8 other outstanding directives (less than 6 months).

Conformity deficit: 1.1% (last report: 0.9%) – increase by 0.2 percentage point and the highest deficit ever for Slovakia.
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 good score of December 2017 (0.2%), Slovakia has now 11 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed. It remains however below the EU average deficit.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Evolution of conformity deficit


Infringements (Slovakia)

Single Market-related pending cases: 27(7 new cases and 7 cases closed; last report: 27 pending cases) – stable result since December 2017.   
EU average = 31 cases

For the 2nd consecutive year, Slovakia has less cases than 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, Slovakia is in line with the EU average of new cases launched within a year. In addition, 7 Slovak cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is more than the EU average (5) of such cases.

Problematic sectors: environment (10 cases), including 4 on atmospheric pollution; transport (5), in particular air transport (4) = 56% of all pending cases.

Average case duration: 45.5 months for the 27 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 42.3 months) – new increase by 3.2 months.      
EU average = 37.3 months

The average duration of the 7 oldest Slovak cases (98 months) is partly offset by the shorter duration of the other 19 cases (23 months). Since December 2019, Slovakia has also managed to resolve 7 cases whose average duration was almost 3 years.

Compliance with Court rulings: 31.4 months for the 3 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 3 Slovak cases mentioned above, 2 have a compliance duration of 8.3 months when the last one needed 6.5 years for compliance and weighs heavily in the calculation of the average duration. Slovakia is above the 18-month threshold for compliance with Court rulings but below the EU average.

Evolution of infringement cases


Internal Market Information System (Slovakia)

Performance – Slovakia continued to perform very well.

  • All 5 indicators remained on similar level compared to previous year.
  • Performance for 4 of the 5 indicators was at the EEA average or above.
  • Efforts should be made to improve the number of requests answered within the agreed IMI deadline.
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)

Your Europe (Slovakia)

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 from the member states will identify relevant indicators for use in future scoreboards.

SOLVIT (Slovakia)

  • Caseloadmedium
    Submitted cases – 63 (48 in 2019)
    Received cases – 14 (16 in 2019)
  • Cases not accepted – 86 (59 in 2019)

  • Resolution rate – 100% (100% in 2019)
  • Handling time (home centre)
    Reply in 7 days: 100% (94% in 2019) – good
    Cases prepared in 30 days: 72% (79% in 2019) – poor
    Solutions accepted within 7 days: 98% (86% in 2019 ) – good
  • Cases not accepted within 30 days: 45% (29% in 2019) – very poor

  • Handling time (lead centre)
    Cases accepted within 7 days:  93% (94% in 2019) good
    Cases closed in 10 weeks:  100% (81% in 2019) – good
  • Staffing

Technical Regulations Information System (Slovakia)

Public procurement (Slovakia)

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

Postal services (Slovakia)

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 and stable in the period under review. It was 94.1% 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 (Slovakia)

Slovakia has the highest trade integration in the single market for goods. For services, its trade integration is above the EU average. In 2019, Slovakia registered a slight decrease in its trade integration for goods and a small increase in its trade integration for services.

    Goods Services
Intra-EU trade integration % GDP 2019 62.9 8.9
  Change 2018 – 2019 -1.4 0.5
Intra-EU imports % GDP 2019 56.1 8.7
  Change 2018 – 2019 -0.1 -0.8

Foreign Direct Investment (Slovakia)

In 2019, Slovakia’s FDI into other EU countries halved in size, while other EU countries increased their FDI into Slovakia by 50%. FDI stocks values increased.

  Intra-EU FDI flows Intra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19  0.53 -0.49 0.04 0.06

Similarly, in 2019 also Slovakia's FDI into non-EU countries more than halved in size, and investments of non-EU countries into Slovakia increased following disinvestments in 2018. The foreign FDI stock value increased while Slovakia's foreign FDI stock decreased in value.

  Extra-EU FDI flows Extra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19 1.76 -0.56 0.02 -0.02
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