Opposition MP Miroslav Kadúc of Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) said on Monday, April 15, he would consider demanding an emergency meeting of the parliamentary constitutional and judicial committee due to the decision of the European Commission to include Slovakia among six member states that have problems with their judiciary, in particular the duration of court proceedings and organisation of the judiciary.
Alongside Slovakia, other countries whose judiciaries received negative evaluations include Bulgaria, Italy, Latvia, Poland and Slovenia. "Delays in court proceedings in Slovakia are not uncommon, but more striking is the fact that among all the member states of the European Union, Slovakia ended in an unflattering last spot in the assessment of the independence of the courts," said Kadúc as quoted by the SITA newswire. The European Commission's report notes that effective judicial systems and a feeling of confidence that the rule of law is fully respected directly influence a willingness to invest in the country’s economy.
"The attractiveness of the country as a place for investment and business is certainly greater if the country has an independent and efficient judicial system," said European Commission Vice President and EU Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding. The situation in the Slovak judiciary, according to Kadúc, is more critical because we have these problems despite the fact that per capita, after Slovenia and the Czech Republic, Slovakia ranked third in the number of judges. "The Ministry of
Justice had previously declared that it is aware of the problem of delays and it intends to address this situation. However, I am not aware of how it plans to deal with a much more serious problem - the perception of the independence of the judiciary in Slovakia,” Kadúc said according to SITA.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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16. Apr 2013 at 14:00