The Single Market Scoreboard gives a detailed and accurate overview of the state of the implementation of the EU Single Market rules in the European Economic Area (EEA) in 2017. It evaluates how the EU and EEA Member States apply these rules and identifies the shortcomings where the countries and the Commission should step up their efforts.
Depending on their performance in 2017, EU countries were given 152 green, 135 yellow and 49 red cards. The cards indicate in what areas they performed excellent (green), average (yellow) or below average (red).
The overview shows that EU countries have improved in the recognition of professional qualifications, the transposition of Single Market-related rules and the development of tools supporting the good functioning of the Single Market on the ground (Your Europe, e-Certis, and EURES). But compared to the previous edition of the Scoreboard, EU countries have also received more red cards in the areas of openness to cross-border trade in goods and services, fairness of public procurement systems and the number of infringement proceedings.
In general, the best performing countries were Finland, Denmark and Slovakia, while the highest number of red cards was given to the Czech Republic, Ireland and Greece.
The Commission reacts to citizens’ complaints
Citizens, businesses, NGOs and other stakeholders can report suspected breaches of EU law through an online complaint form accessible via the Europa portal, ‘Your rights‘. In 2017, the majority of complaints concerned justice and consumer rights, employment, EU Single Market, industry and SME matters. As part of the complaint form, SOLVIT can help citizens and businesses solve their problems with a public authority in another EU country.
The effective application of the law is essential in order to guarantee that citizens and businesses enjoy the benefits of EU law. Any rule, no matter how carefully drafted and prepared, is only as effective as its implementation In driving forward its policy priorities, the Commission therefore pays attention not only to proposing new legislation, but also to ensuring that it is properly applied and enforced. For instance, in 2017, the Commission acted firmly in enforcing rules in the areas of data protection, migration, consumer protection, the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing or air quality.
At the same time, cooperation between the Commission and EU countries in close partnership remains key in implementing EU law and in addressing any problems that may occur. Throughout the year, the Commission assisted EU countries in their preparation for the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679).
The annual Single Market Scoreboard evaluates how EU countries:
- implement EU rules
- create open and integrated markets (e.g. public procurement, trade in goods and services)
- handle administrative issues concerning foreign workers (e.g. professional qualifications)
- cooperate and contribute to a number of EU-wide governance tools (e.g. Your Europe portal, Solvit, and EURES)
This year marks 25th anniversary of the EU Single Market. The anniversary edition of the Single Market Scoreboard evaluates performance in 4 policy areas, 2 areas regarding market openness and integration, and 13 governance tools.