Single Market-related pending cases:23 (10 new cases, including 5 in the environment sector and 4 on transport and 6 cases closed, including 4 on transport; last report: 19 pending cases) – increase by 4 cases (+21% within a year).
EU average = 31 cases
Cyprus has not had this many cases since November 2007. It still remains among the Member States with the lowest number of infringement cases, well below the EU average.
The last year has seen the launch of 198 new cases (not including those for late transposition), which were still pending on 1 December 2020. With 10 such cases, Cyprus is above the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. On the other hand, 6 Cypriot cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is more than the EU average (5) of such cases.
Problematic sectors: environment and transport (7 cases each) = 61% of all pending cases.
Average case duration: 29 months for the 21 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 27.8 months) – slight increase by 1.2 months, but duration of cases still well below the EU average.
EU average = 37.3 months
Cyprus performs constantly well on this indicator, being below the EU average case duration since its accession. The number of cases that have been running for between 5 and 9 years (4) is offset by the number of recent cases whose average duration is less than 12 months (9). In addition, 6 Cypriot cases were resolved within the last year, but this closure has little impact on the final result as the cases’ average duration was quite moderate (16 months).
Compliance with Court rulings: 22.5 months for the only Single Market-related case at this stage of the procedure and closed in the last 5 years (last report: same).
EU average = 31.7 months
No change since the previous period. With a single case on pension rights that needed 22.5 months for compliance, Cyprus is above the 18-month threshold for compliance with Court rulings but well below the EU average time lag.