Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Central Bank, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: The 2018 EU Justice Scoreboard

1. The EU Justice Scoreboard is a comparative information tool that aims to assist the EU and Member States to improve the effectiveness of their national justice systems by providing objective, reliable and comparative data for the assessment of the quality, independence and efficiency of justice systems in all Member States.

2. Large parts of the quantitative data are provided by the Council of Europe’s Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ). These data cover the period from 2010 to 2016. Other sources include the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ), the Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the EU (NPSJC), the European Competition Network (ECN), European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) and the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), amongst other organisations. The methodology for the Scoreboard has been further developed in close cooperation with the group of Contact Persons on national justice systems, both through a questionnaire and by collecting data on certain aspects of the functioning of justice systems.

3. In a ‘Context’ chapter, the document emphasises the role of justice reform in upholding the rule of law. It provides data about legislative and regulatory activity concerning justice systems in 2017 and refers to EU mechanisms for monitoring such reforms, including through the European Semester (the EU’s annual cycle of economic and fiscal policy coordination, which is part of the EU’s economic governance framework), the Rule of law Framework, the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, and infringement proceedings. It notes that the Commission supports certain national justice reforms through European Structural and Investment Funds and includes data on this.

Topic  Justice & Home Affairs 
Department  MOJ 
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COM Reference  COM(18)364 
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  1. COA REPORT - 1 MB - pdf
  2. EM Unnumbered Doc - 547 KB - pdf

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