Extracts from the press conference by Viviane Reding on the EU Justice Scoreboard
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 27 March 2013, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, gave a press conference in Brussels to present the first edition of the Justice Scoreboard.
The European Commission unveiled on this date a new comparative tool to promote effective justice systems in the European Union and thereby reinforce economic growth. The "European Justice Scoreboard" aims to provide objective, reliable and comparable data on the functioning of the justice systems in the EU’s 27 Member States. Improving the quality, independence and efficiency of judicial systems already forms part of the EU’s economic policy coordination process under the European Semester, which has the objective of laying the foundations for a return to growth and job creation.
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||Exterior views of the European Commission, in Brussels (2 shots)
||Arrival of Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, to the press conference on the first edition of the Justice Scoreboard
||Soundbite by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH): Ladies and Gentlemen, I am here to present a new tool that the Commission has just adopted. The EU's Justice Scoreboard is designed to promote effective justice systems in Europe because we have seen very clearly that effective systems of justice are link to growth; ineffective systems are linked to investors to stay away.
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||Soundbite by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH): The Annual Growth Survey – the European Semester priorities – will and I quote “improve the quality, independence and efficiency of national judicial systems" so that we can reduce costs for businesses and increase the attractiveness of the country to foreign investors. And that is where the Justice Scoreboard will help us because we will systematically look at the efficiency, quality and independence of the justice systems in all 27 EU-Member States.
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||Soundbite by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH): Where are we going from now on? The Scoreboard that is on the table will be the basis for an open dialogue in Parliament with the stakeholders. The main stakeholders of course being the Member States and we will utilise so in order to improve the national justice systems in the EU. So, this is not a fixed tool. It is an evolving tool and we will gradually through these discussions, through this open dialogue, expand the indicators, expand the areas covered. Today, what is on the table is an early warning mechanism – a reliable and comparable set of data which will help identify trends and prevent the negative growth spiral that comes when there is a lack of confidence of businesses and citizens in their institutions. So, today, Ladies and Gentlemen, we come with a first step, others are going to follow.
||Viviane Reding leaving the press conference
||General view of the audience