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Transposition deficit: 1.9% (last report: 0.6%) – huge increase by 1.3 percentage point, 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%

After having the highest decrease in deficit within a year in 2019, Luxembourg has now the highest increase. It is also in a group of 3 Member States with the highest deficit. In addition, Luxembourg only transposed 4 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (24%) 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 it may have 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: 20 (last report: 6) including 5 on environment and 4 on transport. One directive is more than 2 years overdue: Directive 2012/34/EU on the Single European railway area.

Average delay: 8.3 months (last report: 7.8 months) – slight increase by 0.5 months and in a group of 8 Member States that increased their delay in transposing directives within the year.
EU average = 7.4 months

Luxembourg added one long overdue directive (due for 2 years or more) to its backlog but most of its other outstanding directives (13/19) have been due for less than 6 months.

Conformity deficit: 0.9% (last report: 0.7%) – increase by 0.2 percentage point, Luxembourg’s highest deficit ever but the 2nd lowest deficit among the Member States.
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 perfect score of December 2017, Luxembourg has now 9 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed. It remains however well under the EU average deficit and among the top 5 Member States with the lowest conformity deficit.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Evolution of conformity deficit

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