According to the most recent Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) Barometer survey released Thursday, July 15 the quality of Slovakia's democracy in key areas of public life remained unchanged in the second quarter of 2010 when compared to the first, the TASR newswire wrote.
The NGO gave Slovakia a democracy mark of 3.4. IVO said it registered a slight improvement only in the category of an independent public-service media which emerged as winners in several libel actions in court.
The five aspects of public life monitored by IVO to evaluating the quality of democracy are: the rule of law; the legislature; respect for human and minority rights; independent public-service media; and foreign policy in terms of European and trans-Atlantic integration. The scale of its evaluation ranges between 1 and 5, with 1 representing the optimal state of democracy based on standards and comparative criteria in the EU and Council of Europe.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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16. Jul 2010 at 10:00