Denmark had just 30 EU infringement cases open against it at the end of 2013, putting it in fifth place amongst the EU28. Only Latvia, Malta, Estonia and Lithuania had fewer open cases.
Denmark was a regular goody two-shoes when compared to EU bad boys Italy and Spain, which led the pack with 104 and 90 open infringement cases, respectively. In total, Italy received 472 complaints for failing to properly apply EU law in 2013, while Spain had 439.
In total, the largest number of infringement cases in the EU dealt with environmental issues. The areas of taxation and transport were the next largest problem areas.
The European Union operates a scheme called EU Pilot, an online platform designed to provide legal information and act as a first port of call in complaint resolution.
If cases cannot be resolved through the EU Pilot, the EU may consider a formal infringement notice.