Transposition deficit: 0.7% (last report: 0.3%) – increase by 0.4 percentage point, but still well below the 1% target.
EU average = 1%; proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%
Malta constantly performs well on this criterion. It is one of the 2 Member States (with Denmark) that always achieved the 1% target over the past decade and beyond. However, it transposed 10 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (59%) 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 Malta may have recently faced some difficulties in monitoring the timely transposition of directives, although both the average delay in transposing directives and the correctness of the transposition are much better than the EU average (see below).
Overdue directives: 7 (last report: 3) including 4 on environment and none more than 2 years overdue.
Average delay: 3.7 months (last report: 18.1 months) – marked decrease by 14.4 months (2nd highest decrease within a year).
EU average = 7.4 months
Having the 3rd highest delay in transposing directives in December 2019, Malta is now the Member State with the 2nd shortest delay. Its 7 outstanding directives have been due for less than 6 months.
Conformity deficit: 0.8% (last report: 0.6%) – increase by 0.2 percentage point, Malta’s highest deficit ever but still the 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 consistently good performance on this criterion and a perfect score reached several times, Malta has now 8 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed. Malta is however the only Member State whose conformity deficit and transposition deficit are both under 1%.