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2014 Ranking

Rank Country Total
1 Croatia 62.51
2 Montenegro 61.41
3 Bulgaria 58.81
4 Greece 58.22
5 Macedonia 57.37
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The Size og Government

07/11/2014

The size of government in Freedom Barometer Index is measured by the level of government consumption, taxation and government intervention in the market through subsidies or direct ownership. All Balkan countries are characterized by large public sector, Albania being the only exception. The lowest scores are reserved for Croatia and Bosnia, and the highest for Albania.

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Security of property rights

03/11/2014

Institutions (both formal and non-formal ones) matter, because they influence the behavior of individuals and their actions. Probably the most important institutions are courts and delivering of justice. This area is considered as an example of public goods and that it can only be delivered successfully by the state, whose primary task is providing legal enforcement.

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Balkan and Greece Edition 2014 now available

Balkan and Greece Edition 2014 now available

09/10/2014

At last, the new Balkan and Greece 2014 Edition of the Freedom Barometer is online. For reading convenience, we offer you a free PDF version of the full publication.

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Freedom of trade in the Balkans

09/10/2014

International trade is very important for both economic growth and prosperity. It enhances production specialization and economy of scale and raises productivity, thus lowering production costs. This leads to lower prices and higher quality of products and services. Companies competing in a closed economy are less prone to innovation due to protection of high barriers in trade and tariffs which results in lower quality products and higher prices for consumers.

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Serbia-UAE agreements declassified

Serbia-UAE agreements declassified

24/08/2014

he political and legal dispute over the confidentiality of the several agreements that the Government of Serbia had concluded with foreign governments or companies have led to the publishing, in mid-August 2014, of some of those classified documents. Some were meanwhile obviously amended in line with the demands by the European Commission.

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