Single Market-related pending cases: 17(7 new cases, including 3 in the environment sector, and 2 cases closed; last report: 12 pending cases) – marked increase by 5 cases, the 4th highest percentage increase (+42%) within a year.
EU average = 31 cases
Lithuania has not had this many cases since November 2010. It is still the Member States with the 3rd 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 7 such cases, Lithuania is in line with the EU average of new cases launched within a year. On the other hand, only 2 Lithuanian 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 (4), including 3 on air transport = 47% of all pending cases.
Average case duration:34.2 months for the 12 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 36.7 months) – new slight decrease by 2.5 months and duration of cases now below the EU average.
EU average = 37.3 months
Lithuania’s average duration of cases has steadily decreased since December 2017 (-20%). The considerable duration of the 4 Lithuanian cases that have been running for more than 5 years – on air transport and free movement of people & Union citizenship – is partly offset by the shorter duration (less than 1 year) of 7 new cases launched within the year.
Compliance with Court rulings: 50.6 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 registration of motor vehicles, which needed 50.6 months for compliance, Lithuania is above both the 18-month threshold for compliance with Court rulings and the EU average.