Bulgaria second-bottom in EU in seeing judiciary as independent

Bulgaria ranked second from bottom in a survey in European Union countries of perceptions of judicial independence.

This was the second year running that Bulgaria ranked second-bottom, and perceptions of judicial independence were even lower than the previous year.

The survey was done among a representative sample of firms representing the main sectors of the economy – agriculture, manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries and services.

They were asked the question: “To what extent is the judiciary in your country independent from the influences of members of government, citizens, firms?”.

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The World Economic Forum survey was cited in a statement on the EU 2014 Justice Scoreboard, released on March 17 2014 for the second year running.

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(Palace of Justice, Sofia. Photo: Klearchos Kapoutsis/flickr.com)