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European Union Compared by Economy > Entrepreneurship > Enforcing Contracts > Index ranking

DEFINITION: Indicators on enforcing contracts measure the efficiency of the judicial (or administrative) system in the collection of overdue debt. The data are built by following the step-by-step evolution of a payment dispute either before local courts or through an administrative process, if such a process is available and preferred by creditors. The data are collected through study of the codes of civil procedures and other court regulations as well as surveys of local litigation lawyers. At least 2 lawyers participate in each country, and in a quarter of the countries judges also complete the survey. To ensure comparability, survey respondents are provided with significant detail, including the amount of the claim, the location and main characteristics of the litigants, the presence of city regulations, the nature of the remedy requested by the plaintiff, the merit of the plaintiff ’s and the defendant’s claims and the social implications of the judicial outcomes. NOTE: This is a ranking derived from several indicators, 1 being the best (ranked first). The higher the number on this graph, the lower their overall ranking. Invert this graph by clicking on 'Amount' at the top. Consult source for details on methodology.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Poland 104 2005
2 Slovenia 85 2005
3 Slovakia 81 2005
4 Bulgaria 79 2005
5 Italy 76 2005
6 Romania 65 2005
7 Portugal 46 2005
8 Croatia 43 2005
9 Austria 35 2005
10 Ireland 32 2005
11 Hungary 31 2005
12 United Kingdom 30 2005
13 Germany 25 2005
14 Spain 24 2005
15 Finland 23 2005
16 Czech Republic 21 2005
17 Netherlands 20 2005
18 Estonia 19 2005
19 Belgium 17 2005
20 Latvia 15 2005
21 Sweden 14 2005
22 France 13 2005
23 Greece 8 2005
24 Lithuania 7 2005
25 Denmark 2 2005

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