La Commissione europea ha pubblicato l’EU Justice Scoreboard 2017, strumento che si propone di offrire una visione complessiva della qualità, dell’efficienza e dell’indipendenza dei sistemi giudiziari nei paesi membri dell’Unione europea.
Secondo quanto rappresentato nel comunicato della Commissione, tra i key findings di quest’anno vi sono i seguenti:
shorter civil and commercial court proceedings since the first report five years ago, including in a number of Member States whose justice systems are facing challenges; mixed results on consumer protection enforcement, with the length of administrative proceedings and judicial review varying by country. Many consumer issues are solved directly by consumer authorities and they don’t need to go to courts; varied lengths of cases against money laundering, from less than half a year to almost three years for proceedings dealing with anti-money laundering offenses; limited access to justice for poorercitizens, with some Member States providing no legal aid in some types of disputes for citizens whose income is below the poverty threshold; limited use of ICT tools in some countries, in particular the use of electronic signatures is very limited in over half of EU countries, while new data underlines the importance of electronic communication for well-functioning justice systems; improved or stable perception of judicial independence among the general public and business, in more than two-thirds of Member States, compared to 2016; where there is a perceived lack of independence, interference or pressure from government and politicians is the most stated reason; quality standards to avoid lengthy proceedings absent in some Member States, although most Member States do have standards fixing time limits or timeframes in place.
A questo indirizzo un documento di Q&A preparato dalla Commissione.