Single Market-related pending cases:31(5 new cases and 3 cases closed; last report: 29 pending cases) – small increase by 2 cases, but still in line with the EU average number of pending cases.
EU average = 31 cases
The number of Czech pending cases has remained constant over the past 6 years (between 27 and 31 cases).
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 5 such cases, Czechia is under the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. On the other hand, only 3 Czech cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is less than the EU average (5) of such cases.
Problematic sectors: environment (10 cases) and transport (5) = 48% of all pending cases.
Average case duration: 48.2 months for the 31 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 44.3 months) – new increase by 3.9 months and the longest average case duration ever for Czechia.
EU average = 37.3 months
Czechia’s average case duration has steadily increased since May 2014 (+102%). One quarter of the Czech pending cases are more than 6 years old (the oldest case, which is in the air transport sector, has been running for 15 years). These are weighing heavily in the calculation of the average duration, despite the launch of 5 new cases (whose average duration is less than 12 months).
Compliance with Court rulings:13.8 months for the 4 Single Market-related cases 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. The 4 Czech cases mentioned above needed between 6 and 30 months for compliance. Czechia is among the 5 Member States that are in line with the 18-month threshold for compliance with Court rulings. It has the 3rd shortest time lag among the 24 Member States that complied with the Court’s judgments within the last 5 years.