Croatia, Bulgaria at Bottom of EU Judicial Independence Perception Index - EC

Croatia, Bulgaria at Bottom of EU Judicial Independence Perception Index - EC

Croatia ranked last in terms of perceived judicial independence by the general public among all EU member states in 2018, while Bulgaria scored the third lowest result, the European Commission said on Monday. Just over 20% of Croatians perceived the independence of courts and judges as being either very good or fairly good in 2018, around 10% less compared to 2017, the Commission said in its 2018 EU Justice Scoreboard. In Bulgaria, some 30% found the level of judicial independence in the country as either very good or fairly good in 2018, which compared to around 25% in 2017.Among EU member states in Southeast Europe, Romanians showed the highest confidence in the independence of their judiciary - just below 50%, whereas just over 30% of Slovenians estimated the judicial independence in their country as very good or fairly good. Interference or pressure from the government and politicians was the main reason for the perceived lack of independence by Croatians and Slovenians.

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