The Commission has published the 2016 EU Justice Scoreboard which gives a comparative overview of the efficiency, quality and independence of justice systems in the EU Member States. The aim of the Scoreboard is to assist national authorities in their efforts to improve their justice systems.
The Justice Scoreboard, which was published yesterday (11 April), also includes for the first time the results of Eurobarometer surveys conducted to examine the perception of judicial independence in the EU among citizens and businesses in more detail.
“The fourth EU Justice Scoreboard shows that Member States’ efforts to improve justice systems continue to bear fruit. The key role of national justice systems in upholding the rule of law, enforcing EU law and establishing an investment-friendly environment deserve these efforts” said Vĕra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.
The Scoreboard shows significant differences between Member States in all aspects of efficiency, resources, quality and independence of the courts.
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The findings of the 2016 Scoreboard are being taken into account for the ongoing country-specific assessment of the justice systems in the Member States.
The 2015 EU Justice Scoreboard resulted in Country Specific Recommendations to four Member States: Croatia, Italy, Latvia and Slovenia. The Commission also continues to monitor the efforts in this area in other Member States such as Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Spain, Ireland, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia.
In 2015 almost all Member States adopted, or announced, changes to their justice systems. Many measures however remain to be implemented.
The Commission states that it will continue to encourage the judicial networks to deepen their assessment of the effectiveness of legal safeguards aimed at protecting judicial independence.In half of the Member States a majority of the population perceives the independence of courts and judges as fairly bad or very bad.
The Brussels Times has asked the Commission to comment on some of the figures in the Justice Scoreboard.
The Brussels Times (Source: Belga)