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Single Market-related pending cases: 19(4 new cases and 6 cases closed; last report: 21 pending cases) slight decrease by 2 cases and in a group of 5 Member States that reduced their number of cases within a year.
EU average = 31 cases

After a decrease of around 25% in the years 2015 to 2017, the number of Danish cases has returned to its pre-2015 level. Nevertheless, Denmark is in the top 5 Member States with the lowest number of cases and 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, Denmark is under the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. In addition, 6 Danish cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is more than the EU average (5) of such cases.

Problematic sectors: environment (5 cases) = 26% of all pending cases.

Average case duration: 32.4 months for the 17 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 24.9 months) – marked increase by 7.5 months but duration of cases still below the EU average.
EU average = 37.3 months

Denmark is no longer in the top 5 Member States with the shortest average case duration (it is now in 10th position). Out of the moderate number of Danish cases (17), 2 are more than 8 years old (1 case on air transport and 1 on direct taxation) and are weighing heavily in the calculation of the average duration.

Compliance with Court rulings:15.8 months for the 3 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 3 Danish cases mentioned above needed between 3 and 27 months for compliance. Denmark is among the 5 Member States that are in line with the 18-month threshold for compliance with Court rulings. It has the 4th shortest time lag among the 24 Member States that complied with the Court’s judgments within the last 5 years.

Evolution of infringement cases

 
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