Monitoring the application of European Union law. 2019 Annual Report

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Series Details COM (2020) 350
Publication Date 31/07/2020
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Report published by the European Commission on 31 July 2020, setting out how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2019, and the performance of Member States in various policy areas.

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While the number of open infringement cases remained stable over the year, the number of new infringement cases increased by over 20% compared to the previous year. Luxembourg, Estonia and Lithuania had the fewest number new opened cases for incorrect transposition or wrong application of EU law in 2019, whereas Spain, Italy and Greece faced the highest number.

The enforcement of EU law is based on cooperation. That is why the European Commission actively supports Member States in implementing EU law through guidance and dialogue. In 2019, it put particular focus on supporting national and regional authorities in implementing rules on waste management, air quality, energy efficiency, agricultural markets and gender equality.

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EUR-Lex: SWD(2020)147: Staff Working Document accompanying the Report - Part I: General Statistical Overview
European Commission: Publications: 2019 Commission report on monitoring the application of EU law
European Parliament: Press Release, 31/07/2020: Member States' compliance with EU law in 2019: more work needed

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