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Today’s 35th Annual Report on monitoring the application of EU law sets outhow the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2017. The online Single Market Scoreboard (edition 2018), also published today and marking the 25th anniversary of the EU Single Market, shows that whilst most barriers to the free movement of persons, services, goods and capital are being eliminated, in some fields the situation is stalling or even worsening.

Each failure to correctly and timely apply EU law denies citizens and businesses the rights and the benefits they enjoy under EU rules. On the EU infringements proceedings, the Annual Report for 2017 shows a slight decrease by 5.91% of open infringement cases compared to the previous year.

On the Single Market Scoreboard, the best performing countries were Finland, Denmark and Slovakia, while the highest number of red cards (performance below average) was given to the Czech Republic, Ireland and Greece. The Single Market remains Europe’s most precious asset for the millions of citizens and businesses, and the Commission is committed to ensure, by checking on the implementation of EU Single Market rules, that they benefit each day from the freedom to live, work, shop and trade across the Member States.

For the 2017 Annual Report, a full press release and an EU-28 fact sheet are available online as well as 28 fact sheets by country.

For the EU Single Market Scoreboard (edition 2018), see the performance overview and the performance per Member State (28 EU + 3 EEA).

Finally, answers on the frequently asked questions on the general EU infringement procedure are available here. For more information: Alexander Winterstein – Tel.: +32 229 93265; Lucia Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Uldis Šalajevs – Tel.: +32 229 67560