Single Market-related pending cases: 24(7 new cases, including 3 in the environment sector and 3 on transport, and 3 cases closed; last report: 20 pending cases) – new increase by 4 cases (+380% since December 2016).
EU average = 31 cases
After an impressive decreasing trend between November 2009 and December 2016 (from 29 to 5 cases), Malta’s number of cases is rising again.
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, Malta is in line with the EU average of new cases launched within a year. However, only 3 Maltese cases have been resolved since December 2019, which is less than the EU average (5) of such cases.
Problematic sectors: environment (7 cases) and transport (7), including 4 on air transport = 58% of all pending cases.
Average case duration:38 months for the 24 Single Market-related cases not yet sent to the Court (last report: 34.8 months) – increase by 3.2 months.
EU average = 37.3 months
After an impressive decrease by 50% between December 2016 and December 2019, the average duration of Maltese cases rose again (although to a moderate extent). Most of the Maltese cases (18/24) have been running for less than 3 years. The 3 cases with considerable durations of between 10 and 16 years are in the air transport and indirect taxation sectors. They are partly offset by the launch of 7 new cases (less than 1 year old).
Compliance with Court rulings: 2.8 months for the only Single Market-related case at this stage of the procedure and closed in the last 5 years (last report: 27.5 months)
EU average = 31.7 months
Malta is the Member State whose average compliance with Court rulings decreased the most within the last year (-24.7 months). It is now in 1st position in the ranking of shortest time lags, below both the EU average and the 18-month threshold for compliance. This huge decrease is a result of 1 out of its 2 cases that needed more than 4 years for compliance now being more than 5 years old and no longer being part of the calculation.