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Single Market-related pending cases: 12(4 new cases and 4 cases closed; last report: 12 pending cases) – stable result and now the Member State with the lowest number of pending cases.
EU average = 31 cases

After a decrease of around 50% in the years 2015 to 2017, the number of Estonian cases has returned to its pre-2015 level. Nevertheless, Estonia has always had a small number of pending 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, Estonia is below the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. On the other hand, 4 Estonian cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is less than the EU average (5) of such cases.

Problematic sectors: no sector in particular.

Average case duration: 23.6 months for the 12 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 16.1 months) – marked increase by 7.5 months but still in the top 5 Member States with the shortest average duration.               
EU average = 37.3 months

After an impressive decrease by 68% between December 2016 and December 2019 that put Estonia in 1st position in the ranking of shortest case duration, the positive trend has reversed. On the one hand, Estonia resolved 4 cases whose average duration was short (7.7 months). On the other hand, the average duration of its moderate backlog is highly affected by a case on air transport that has been running for more than 9 years.

Compliance with Court rulings: no Single Market-related case at this stage of the procedureand closed in the last 5 years (last report: same).
EU average = 31.7 months

Evolution of infringement cases

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