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Single Market-related pending cases: 39(4 new cases and 5 cases closed; last report: 40 pending cases) – slight decrease by 1 case and in a group of 5 Member States that reduced their number of cases within a year.
EU average = 31 cases

Poland is no longer in the top 5 Member State with the highest number of cases (it is now in 7th position) but it is still above the EU average of pending cases.

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 4 such cases, Poland is below 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 (11 cases), including 4 on atmospheric pollution; transport and energy (6 cases each); indirect taxation (4) = 69% of all pending cases.

Average case duration: 45.4 months for the 36 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 35.9 months) – marked increase by 9.6 months (the second-highest increase among the Member States).
EU average = 37.3 months

Three Polish cases in the sectors of air transport and indirect taxation have been ongoing for more than 10 years; 5 other cases have been running for between 5 and 10 years. These cases are weighing heavily in the calculation of the average duration. The launch of 4 new cases (less than 1 year old) and the resolution of 2 cases with a moderate duration of 1 year have little impact on the final result.

Compliance with Court rulings: 25.6 months for the 13 Single Market-related cases at this stage of the procedure and closed in the last 5 years (last report: 25.9 months).
EU average = 31.7 months

The situation in Poland is stable (-0.3 month). Two cases with moderate compliance duration (2 years) now being more than 5 years old are no longer being part of the calculation, while 2 new cases with similar compliance duration were solved during the year. Poland is above the 18-month threshold for compliance with Court rulings but below the EU average.

Evolution of infringement cases

 
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