Rule of Law: Serbia worst in the region

According to the World Justice Project (WJP) and its 2017-2018 Rule of Law Index, Serbia is the worst ranked out of all the countries in the region.

The report covers findings in 113 countries in the world based on more than 110,000 household and 3,000 professional surveys. The survey takes into account eight main factors – Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice. 

Serbia dropped two positions in terms of the overall rule of law performance (from 74 in 2016) to 76 out of 113 countries, while in Eastern Europe, it ranks 7th out of 13 countries.

The best-ranked Balkan country is Slovenia, which occupies the 26th position, followed by Romania in 29th place and Croatia in 35th. Bulgaria (55th), Bosnia and Herzegovina (56th) and Macedonia (57th), and Albania (68th) all ranked better than Serbia. Montenegro and Kosovo were not included in the survey.

Serbia is best rated in the Order and Security category, and this is the only area where progress has been noted. Serbia has also received maximum rating in the subcategory of ‘absence of civil conflict’.

The worse situation compared to 2016 was recorded in the category of “Open Government” where Serbia received the score of 0.47 in the Right to Information subcategory, and 0.53 in the Publicized Law and Government Data Category.

When it comes to corruption, the worst situation is in the legislative branch of government, and the best in the police and the army.

Serbia was worst ranked (97th place) in the category Constraints on Government Powers, and received the score of only 0.29 in the subcategory Sanctions for Official Misconduct.

Globally, Denmark ranked first, followed by Norway and Finland while Afghanistan (111th), Cambodia (112th), and Venezuela (113th) are in the bottom three countries.

(Euractiv, WJP, B92, 01.02.2018)

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