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Transposition (Sweden)

Transposition deficit: 0.7% (last report: 0.7%) – stable result and one of the 7 Member States that managed not to increase their deficit within the year.
EU average = 1%; proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%

Sweden’s performance on this criterion is generally good. It transposed 14 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (82%) due to have been transposed in the 6 months prior to the cut-off date for calculation (1 June 6 – 30 November 2020). This shows that Sweden monitors the timely transposition of Single Market-related directives quite well, although both the average delay in transposing directives and the correctness of the transposition are beyond the EU average (see below).

Overdue directives: 7 (last report: 7). 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: 10.4 months (last report: 9 months) – new slight increase by 1.4 months and now among the 5 Member States with the highest average delay.
EU average = 7.4 months

Sweden has 1 long overdue directive (due for 2 years or more) and half of its other outstanding directives (3/6) have been due for about 1 year.

Conformity deficit: 1.6% (last report: 1.6%) – stable high deficit.
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 16 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed, Sweden is above the EU average deficit.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Evolution of conformity deficit


Infringements (Sweden)

Single Market-related pending cases: 24 (4 new cases and 3 cases closed; last report: 23 pending cases) – new small increase by 1 case.         
EU average = 31 cases

The number of Swedish pending cases has remained constant over the past 4 years (between 19 and 25 cases). Sweden is still in a group of 10 Member States with the lowest number of infringement cases, 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 4 such cases, Sweden is below the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. On the other hand, only 3 Swedish cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is less than the EU average (5) of such cases.

Problematic sectors: environment (9) = 38% of all pending cases.

Average case duration: 37.2 months for the 21 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 35.4 months) – slight increase by 1.8 months but duration of cases still below the EU average.
EU average = 37.3 months

After an impressive decrease by 32% between December 2016 and December 2019, the average duration of Swedish cases rose again (although to a moderate extent). Two third of the Swedish cases (14/21) have been running for less than 3 years. Nevertheless, the considerable duration of old outstanding cases (in particular 3 cases on air transport, air pollution and information society & media ongoing for between 7 and 10 years) are weighing heavily in the calculation of the average duration, despite the launch of 4 new cases (whose average duration is less than 12 months).

Compliance with Court rulings: 65.4 months for the 2 Single Market-related cases at this stage of the procedure (last report: 57.5 months).
EU average = 31.7 months

Sweden is in a group of 9 Member States whose average compliance increased within the last year (+7.9 months). This is because 1 case with compliance duration of 41.8 months now being more than 5 years old is no longer being part of the calculation. Out of the 2 remaining cases, 1 needed particularly long time for compliance (almost 10 years) and weighs heavily in the calculation of the average duration (the last case has a compliance duration of 13.2 months). Sweden is still the Member State with the 2nd highest compliance duration among the 24 Member States that complied with the Court rulings within the last 5 years.

Evolution of infringement cases


Internal Market Information System (Sweden)

Performance – Sweden performed well.

  • 4 of 5 indicators decreased and fell below the EEA average.
  • The speed in answering requests increased and was very good.
  • The percentage of requests accepted in 1 week decreased and returned to the level of 2018.
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 (Sweden)

National provider: Arbetsförmedlingen (Swedish Employment Service)

Compliance: Partially compliant

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

Your Europe (Sweden)

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 (Sweden)

  • Caseloadmedium
    Submitted cases – 39 (43 in 2019)
    Received cases – 60 (71 in 2019)
  • Cases not accepted – 48 (61 in 2019)

  • Resolution rate – 71% (63% in 2019)
  • Handling time (home centre)
    Reply in 7 days: 85% (80% in 2019) – good
    Cases prepared in 30 days: 95% (93% in 2019) – good
    Solutions accepted within 7 days: 74% (86% in 2019 ) – poor
  • Cases not accepted within 30 days: 52% (74% in 2019) – very poor

  • Handling time (lead centre)
    Cases accepted within 7 days:  86% (85% in 2019) good
    Cases closed in 10 weeks: 68% (86% in 2019) – poor
  • Staffing

Technical Regulations Information System (Sweden)

Public procurement (Sweden)

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

Postal services (Sweden)

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: better. In 2019, 98.2% 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 (Sweden)

Sweden’s trade integration in the single market for goods and services is just above the EU average. In 2019, trade integration for goods decreased, while trade integration for services increased substantially.

    Goods Services
Intra-EU trade integration % GDP 2019 20.6 8.4
  Change 2018 – 2019 -1.9% 9.2%
Intra-EU imports % GDP 2019 21.2 9.4
  Change 2018 – 2019 -3.1% 10%

Foreign Direct Investment (Sweden)

In 2019, Sweden's FDI into other EU countries increased more than 30 times on 2018 values. The FDI of other EU countries into Sweden declined by 15%. The stocks of FDI increased.

  Intra-EU FDI flows Intra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19 30.92 -0.15 0.01 0.05

in 2019, Sweden's FDI into non-EU countries decreased, as did the investments of non-EU countries into Sweden. The FDI stocks however, increased.

  Extra-EU FDI flows Extra-EU FDI stocks
  inward outward inward outward
Year-on-year change 2018 – 19 -0.31 -0.06 0.05 0.06
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