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Transposition deficit: 1.3% (last report: 0.8%) – increase by 0.5 percentage point and in a group of 11 Member States, whose increasing deficit within the last year made them miss the 1% target.
EU average = 1%; proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%.

After having regularly reduced its number of overdue directives since December 2016, Ireland is now back above the 1% threshold. Nevertheless, 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 – 30 November 2020). This shows that Ireland monitors the timely transposition of directives quite well, although 1 of its outstanding directives has been due for a long time (see below).

Overdue directives: 13 (last report: 8). One directive is more than 2 years overdue: Directive 2014/52/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment.

Average delay: 12.2 months (last report: 17.2 months) – marked decrease by 5 months but still the 2nd highest delay in transposing directives.
EU average = 7.4 months

Ireland managed to transpose 1 of its 2 long overdue directives (due for 2 years or more). However, the remaining one has been due for 3.5 years and contributes significantly to the average delay. In addition, out of the 12 other remaining directives, 2 have been due for between 1 and 2 years and 7 have been due for more than 6 months.

Conformity deficit: 1.3% (last report: 1.1%) – increase by 0.2 percentage point and Ireland’s highest deficit ever.
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, Ireland remains under the EU average deficit.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Evolution of conformity deficit

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