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Single Market-related pending cases: 22 (9 new cases, including 4 on transport and 4 cases closed; last report: 17 pending cases) – new marked increase by 5 cases (+29% within a year and +214% since December 2017).
EU average = 31 cases

Latvia has not had this many cases since November 2008, but it remains among the 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 9 such cases, Latvia is above the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. In addition, 4 Latvian cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is less than the EU average (5) of such cases.

Problematic sectors: environment (5 cases) and transport (5), including 4 on sustainable and intelligent transport = 45% of all pending cases.

Average case duration: 21.8 months for the 22 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 25.7 months) – new decrease by 3.9 months (highest decrease among the Member States).         
EU average = 37.3 months

Latvia’s average duration of cases has steadily decreased since December 2017 (-31%). Latvia is now the Member State with the 2nd shortest case duration, up from the 7th position in December 2019. It has only 3 cases running for more than 3 years, although 1 case on citizenship of the Union is almost 8 years old. In addition, 4 Latvian cases (whose average duration is 3.5 years) were resolved within the last year and have an impact on the final result.

Compliance with Court rulings:8.5 months for the only Single Market-related case 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. With a single case on regulated professions that needed 8.5 months for compliance, Latvia is under both the 18-month threshold for compliance with Court rulings and the EU average. It has now the 2nd shortest compliance delay among the 24 Member States that complied with Court’s judgments within the last 5 years.

Evolution of infringement cases

 
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