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Transposition deficit: 0.1% (last report: 0.5%) – marked decrease by 0.4 percentage point (the highest decrease), best result ever and now the Member State with the lowest deficit.
EU average = 1%; proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%

Portugal continued its impressive progress on lowering its transposition deficit (a 97% reduction, from 3.4% in December 2016 to 0.1% in December 2020). In addition, it transposed 16 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (94%) due to have been transposed in the 6 months prior to the cut-off date for calculation (1 June – 30 November 2020). Coming from the highest overall transposition deficit 4 years ago, this shows that Portugal made excellent progress in monitoring the timely transposition of directives, although it has some difficulties in transposing directives correctly (see below).

Overdue directives: 1 (last report: 5) which is less than 2 years overdue.

Average delay: 4 months (last report: 8.8 months) – marked decrease by 4.8 months and among the top 5 Member States with the shortest delays in transposing directives.
EU average = 7.4 months

Portugal has only 1 outstanding directive, which has been due for 4 months.

Conformity deficit: 1.3% (last report: 1.3%) – stable result.
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, Portugal is now below the EU average deficit.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Evolution of conformity deficit

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