2013. április 2., kedd
Fair and Balanced? Not in Hungary, ‘Scoreboard’ Says
The European Union’s executive body, the European Commission (EC), recently published a report on the different judicial systems within the EU. The report, titled The EU Justice Scoreboard, was created with the objective to “assist the EU and the Member States to achieve more effective justice by providing objective, reliable and comparable data on the functioning of the justice systems of all Member States.”
Of the 29 Member States included in the report, Hungary fared well in timely decisions. That was about the only good news for the Central European country, though.
Unfortunately, Hungary’s judicial system fell into the bottom quarter of Member States as the report considered judicial independence. This of course is not breaking news. Hungary’s judicial system has been subjected to widespread scrutiny from major European political organs and western media.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz subordinates insist the criticism is unfounded. Some within his party have accused the critics and the United States of holding Hungary to double standards. As usual, the government representatives’ retorts are often vague without supportive data.
This report, on the other hand, is a step in the right direction when dealing with Orbán and his government. Through objectively analyzed data about all members of the EU, the shortcomings of the Hungarian judicial system are clear.