Macedonia ranks 64th in the world according to the Rule of Law Index of the World Justice Project

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Northern Macedonia is ranked 64th among 139 countries on the list according to the Rule of Law Index of the World Justice Project for 2021, maintaining the same score of 0,54 index points as in last year's classification.

Among the countries in the region, Slovenia ranks better than us at 29th place with an index of 0,68, Croatia at 46th with an index of 0,61, the same as Greece at 48th, Kosovo at 60th with 0,55, and Bulgaria is 62nd with the same index as Northern Macedonia - 0,54.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is 72 with an index of 0,52, followed by an index of 0,49. Serbia and Albania are ranked 81st and 83rd, respectively, while the lowest ranked among the countries in the region is Turkey at 117th with an index of 0,42.

At the top of the list are Denmark and Norway with an index of 0,9, ahead of Finland, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, while the worst ranked are Venezuela, Cambodia and Congo.

The rule of law index is determined on the basis of eight criteria: limitation of the powers of the Government, absence of corruption, openness of the Government and respect for fundamental rights, order and security, the law and the civil law and criminal justice system.

The report points out that globally, there is a negative trend in the rule of law, which was further influenced by the covid-19 pandemic. The report shows that the rule of law has deteriorated in 95 countries, which make up 84,7 percent of the world's population, and has improved in 33 countries.

"Given the negative trend in so many countries, this year the index should be a wake-up call for all of us," said Bill Nukom, executive director of the World Justice Project.

The index is based on surveys of 138 households and 000 experts worldwide.

Source: MIA

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