EU-10 best at transposing legislation, figures say

All EU member states have made considerable efforts to work through their backlog in transposing EU legislation, the new Internal Market scoreboard says. The EU-10 have in many cases done better than the EU-15.

The Commission has measured the ‘transposition deficit’, expressing the percentage of Internal Market legislation not yet introduced into national legislation by member states. Despite the fact that they had to implement a much greater amount of EU legislation within shorter periods of time, the three leading countries in transposing legislation essential for the functioning of the EU’s internal market are Lithuania, Hungary and Slovenia, closely followed by Denmark and Finland. 


Figure: transposition deficit in %, by member state (Source: Commission. Graphics:


Eleven member states have managed to meet the EU target of a transposition deficit of less than 1.5%. Within the last year, the average transposition deficit in the EU has decreased from 7.1% to 1.9%. Of the EFTA countries, who also have to transpose the acquis communautaire on Internal Market, only Liechtenstein has not met the 1.5% target. 


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