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Single Market-related pending cases: 37(10 new cases, including 5 on transport and 3 in the environment sector, and 9 cases closed, including 3 on taxation; last report: 36 pending cases) – new slight increase by 1 case, a moderate rise in comparison with the 50% increase of last year (+12 cases).
EU average = 31 cases

Romania remains in the top 10 Member States with the highest number of pending cases, above 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 10 such cases, Romania is above the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. However, 9 Romanian cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is better than the EU average (5) of such cases.

Problematic sectors: environment (11 cases), including 5 on atmospheric pollution; transport (6), including 4 on sustainable and intelligent transport; energy (6) = 62% of all pending cases.

Average case duration: 26.5 months for the 35 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 19.0 months) – marked increase by 7.5 months.
EU average = 37.3 months

After an impressive decrease by 44% between December 2016 and December 2019, the average duration of Romanian cases rose again. Romania is now the Member State with the 7th shortest case duration (it was in 3rd position one year ago and in 1st position 2 years ago). Most of the Romanian cases (30/35) have been running for less than 3 years. The considerable duration of old outstanding cases (in particular 2 cases on air transport and energy markets & networks running for between 8 and 9.5 years) is offset by the shorter duration (less of than 12 months) of 10 new cases launched within the year. Since December 2019, Romania also managed to resolve 8 cases with moderate average duration (14 months).

Compliance with Court rulings: 44.4 months for the only Single Market-related case at this stage of the procedure and closed in the last 5 years (last report: no such case).
EU average = 31.7 months

Romania recently managed to solve a case on waste management that needed 44.4 months for compliance. The quite high compliance duration of this single case puts Romania above both the EU average and the 18-month threshold for compliance with Court rulings.

Evolution of infringement cases

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