On Wednesday 27 March the European Commission unveiled a new comparative tool to promote effective justice systems in the European Union and thereby reinforce economic growth. The ‘European Justice Scoreboard’ provides information collected by the Council of Europe at the request of the Commission, submitted by Member States, or gathered from sources such as the World Bank, the World Economic Forum and the World Justice Project.
The Scoreboard should make it possible to identify the problems that discourage businesses from investing in certain countries owing to a lack of effective judicial proceedings. It currently covers areas such as civil, commercial and administrative justice. Criminal justice may be included in the future. The Scoreboard provides information on judicial independence, the length of proceedings, the rate of resolving cases, the use of electronic systems, the court budgets, the number of judges and lawyers, training for judges, etc., subjects which are currently of interest to the Commission.
The overall objective is not to publish a ranking of countries by performance. The aim is rather for the data collected to be a basis for more detailed results and analyses, enabling the Commission to draw up specific recommendations for each individual Member State on their budget and economic policy. This will take place in May of each year, within the framework of the “European semester”. “The attractiveness of a country as a place to invest and do business is undoubtedly boosted by having an independent and efficient judicial system,” said European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the Justice Commissioner.
For more information: MEMO/13/288
European Justice Scoreboard / Country Fiches – Data collected from the Member States: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/newsroom/index_en.htm