The Fraser Institute's 2014 "report card" to governments on the attractiveness of their mining policies', explains that 'While geological and economic considerations are important factors in mineral exploration, a region's policy climate is also an important investment consideration. The Policy Perception Index (PPI), is a composite index, measuring the overall policy attractiveness of the 122 jurisdictions in the survey. The index is composed of survey responses to policy factors that affect investment decisions.
'Ireland is the top-rated jurisdiction for policy factors this year with a score of 96.0'. Last year's ranking was No 4 out of 112 jurisdictions.
Read the full report here Survey of Mining Companies: 2014