Single Market Scoreboard 2020: Member States need to do more

Jul 13, 2020

The European Commission has launched the 2020 edition of the Single Market Scoreboard, which rates members of the European Economic Area (EEA) on how effectively the EU single market rules were applied. The Scoreboard is an online tool, which aims to monitor the performance of the Member States by using clear indicators, with the objective to improve the functioning of the Single Market. A well-functioning single market is crucial for ensuring the free movement of supplies across the EU and vital for the swift recovery of the EU economy, especially in a post-COVID era.

What does the Scoreboard evaluate?

The Scoreboard evaluates how Member States have performed as regards to:

  • Implementation of EU rules
  • creating open and integrated markets (e.g. public procurement, trade in goods and services)
  • handling administrative issues concerning foreign workers (e.g. professional qualifications)
  • cooperate and contribute to a number of EU-wide governance tools


How did Ireland perform on the Scoreboard?

We have given below a summary of Ireland’s performance under key public policy areas:

Key public policy areas

Ireland’s performance

Single Market governance tools (transposition, infringements etc.)

Above average

Single Market Policy Areas (public procurement, professional qualifications)


Integration and market openness (trade in goods and services)


Note: Ireland has the fourth highest level of trade integration in the single market for services


What were the other key findings of the Scoreboard?

  • Uneven enforcement of single market rules: while Member States significantly improved the transposition of EU legislation, the number of infringement procedures has grown, partly due to incompletely or incorrectly transposed EU legislation
  • Expanded administrative cooperation among Member States: The use of the Internal Market Information system (IMI), which supports Member States’ administrative cooperation in 16 policy and legal areas, has increased by 52 per cent.
  • Steady increase in use of tools helping citizens and businesses benefit from the single market: The number of citizens using Your Europe information portal and the Your Europe Advice services has drastically increased.
  • More work needed in specific policy areas: further improvements are needed to ensure the free movement of professionals, especially to ensure more decisions recognising professional qualifications. The public procurement performance of Member States continues to be uneven, in particular as regards contracts awarded to single bidders.