Single Market-related pending cases: 37(9 new cases, including 8 on transport, and 4 cases closed, including 3 in the environment sector; last report: 32 pending cases) – new marked increase by 5 cases (+ 11 cases since December 2018), after the impressive decrease of 14 cases between December 2017 and December 2018.
EU average = 31 cases
Portugal is now 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 9 such cases, Portugal is above the EU average of 7 new cases launched within a year. In addition, 4 Portuguese cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is less than the EU average (5) of such cases.
Problematic sectors: transport (13 cases), in particular air transport (5) and sustainable and intelligent transport (4); environment (7) = 54% of all pending cases.
Average case duration: 42.8 months for the 31 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 40 months) – slight increase by 2.8 months.
EU average = 37.3 months
Five Portuguese cases in the sectors of air transport, indirect taxation, waste management and employment have been ongoing for between 9 and 16 years and are weighing heavily in the calculation of the average duration. Nevertheless, the launch of 9 new cases (less than 1 year old) and the resolution of 4 cases with an average duration of 30 months have a positive impact on the final result.
Compliance with Court rulings: 43.6 months for the 9 Single Market-related cases 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. Out of the 9 Portuguese cases, 2 needed particularly long time for compliance (9.5 and 7.5 years). Over one-third of the rulings are about transport (4/9) and one-third about taxation (3/9).