Single Market-related pending cases:32(3 new cases and 7 cases closed; last report: 36 pending cases) – decrease by 4 cases and in a group of 5 Member States that reduced their number of cases within a year.
EU average = 31 cases
Hungary managed to curb the increasing trend of its infringement cases and is now in line with 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 3 such cases, Hungary is well below the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. In addition, 7 Hungarian cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is better than the EU average (5) of such cases.
Problematic sectors: environment (10 cases), including 4 on atmospheric pollution; transport (5), in particular air transport (3) = 47% of all pending cases.
Average case duration: 45.3 months for the 25 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 32.2 months) – huge increase by 13.1 months (the highest increase in case duration among the Member States) and the highest average duration ever for Hungary.
EU average = 37.3 months
Hungary’s average duration of cases has steadily increased since November 2014 (+94%). Out of the 25 Hungarian cases, 6 cases have been running for more than 5 years (with 2 cases on air transport that are almost 10 and 16 years old). The launch of 3 new cases (less than 1 year) and the resolution of 5 cases with a moderate average duration of 14 months have only little impact on the calculation.
Compliance with Court rulings: 23.4 months for the 3 Single Market-related cases at this stage of the procedure and closed in the last 5 years (last report: 24.5 months).
EU average = 31.7 months
Hungary is in a group of 7 Member States whose average compliance decreased within the last year (-1.1 months). This slight decrease is a result of 1 case that needed more than 2 years for compliance now being more than 5 years old and no longer being part of the calculation. The 3 remaining cases all needed a moderate time lag for compliance (between 1 and 2.5 years). Hungary is above the 18-month threshold for compliance with Court rulings but still well below the EU average.