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Transposition deficit: 1.9% (last report: 1.1%) – huge increase by 0.8 percentage point and in a group of 3 Member States with the highest deficit.
EU average = 1%; proposed target (in Single Market Act) = 0.5%

Since December 2016, Spain regularly reduced its number of overdue directives until being very close to the 1% threshold. It now almost doubles this target. In addition, it only transposed 8 of the 17 Single Market-related directives (47%) 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 Spain may have some 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: 11) including 5 on environment and 4 on taxation. 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: 8.8 months (last report: 16.9 months) – marked decrease by 8.1 months.
EU average = 7.4 months

After having the highest delay in transposing directives 2 years ago, Spain continues to reduce it and is getting closer to the EU average. It managed to transpose 1 of its 2 long overdue directives (due for 2 years or more). However, 3 of its 19 other outstanding directives have been due for over 1 year and 7 have been due for more than 6 months. Spain’s backlog is particularly high. The long delay of the directives due for a long time is balanced with the low delay of the directives with more recent transposition date.

Conformity deficit: 1.3% (last report: 1.1%) – increase by 0.2 percentage point but still below the EU average 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 13 directives presumed to have been incorrectly transposed, Spain in a group of 8 Member States that show a combination of a high transposition deficit and a high percentage of incorrectly transposed directives.

Evolution of transposition deficit


Evolution of conformity deficit

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