Single Market-related pending cases: 23(3 new cases and 5 cases closed; last report: 26 pending cases) – decrease by 3 cases, and in a group of 5 Member States that reduced their number of cases within a year.
EU average = 31 cases
The last time that the number of Irish pending cases exceeded the EU average was in May 2010.
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 (the lowest number among the Member States), Ireland is well under the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. It equals the EU average number of cases that have been resolved since December 2019 (5).
Problematic sectors: environment (8 cases), including 4 on water protection & management; transport (4) = 52% of all pending cases.
Average case duration: 51.6 months for the 21 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 44.3 months) – marked increase by 7.3 months.
EU average = 37.3 months
Ireland is now the Member State with the 2nd longest average duration of cases, up from the 4th longest duration a year ago. The reason for the long average duration of Irish cases is that one third of them have been pending for between 6 and 15 years (2 cases on air transport and 2 cases in the environment sector have the longest durations) and have a big impact on the calculation.
Compliance with Court rulings: 27.4 months for the 3 Single Market-related cases at this stage of the procedure and closed in the last 5 years (last report: 47.5 months).
EU average = 31.7 months
Ireland is the 2nd Member State whose average compliance decreased the most within the last year (-20.1 months). It is no longer in the top 5 Member States with the longest time lag. This is mainly because 4 cases – in particular 1 on waste management with a long compliance period (10 years), which pushed up the average – are now more than 5 years old and are no longer part of the calculation. Ireland is above the 18-month threshold for compliance with Court rulings but now below the EU average time lag.