Single Market-related pending cases:24 (4 new cases and 3 cases closed; last report: 23 pending cases) – new small increase by 1 case.
EU average = 31 cases
The number of Swedish pending cases has remained constant over the past 4 years (between 19 and 25 cases). Sweden is still in a group of 10 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 4 such cases, Sweden is below the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. On the other hand, only 3 Swedish cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is less than the EU average (5) of such cases.
Problematic sectors: environment (9) = 38% of all pending cases.
Average case duration:37.2months for the 21 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 35.4 months) – slight increase by 1.8 months but duration of cases still below the EU average.
EU average = 37.3 months
After an impressive decrease by 32% between December 2016 and December 2019, the average duration of Swedish cases rose again (although to a moderate extent). Two third of the Swedish cases (14/21) have been running for less than 3 years. Nevertheless, the considerable duration of old outstanding cases (in particular 3 cases on air transport, air pollution and information society & media ongoing for between 7 and 10 years) are weighing heavily in the calculation of the average duration, despite the launch of 4 new cases (whose average duration is less than 12 months).
Compliance with Court rulings: 65.4 months for the 2 Single Market-related cases at this stage of the procedure (last report: 57.5 months).
EU average = 31.7 months
Sweden is in a group of 9 Member States whose average compliance increased within the last year (+7.9 months). This is because 1 case with compliance duration of 41.8 months now being more than 5 years old is no longer being part of the calculation. Out of the 2 remaining cases, 1 needed particularly long time for compliance (almost 10 years) and weighs heavily in the calculation of the average duration (the last case has a compliance duration of 13.2 months). Sweden is still the Member State with the 2nd highest compliance duration among the 24 Member States that complied with the Court rulings within the last 5 years.