Press Release - 454(2007)

Non-enforcement of domestic court decisions in Council of Europe member states: conclusions of the round table

Strasbourg, 27.06.2007 - On 21 and 22 June a high level Round Table between representatives of the Council of Europe and the authorities of member states concerned was held to discuss solutions to the structural problems of non-enforcement of domestic court decisions. These problems were revealed by hundreds of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights delivered against different member states (Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, the Russian Federation and Ukraine)

The representatives of the authorities involved committed themselves to put an end to the continuously high number of violations resulting from non-enforcement of judicial decisions. They acknowledged that the problem severely affects the efficiency of the State structures and frustrates the citizens’ legitimate expectations and their confidence in the judicial system.

The participants exchanged their experiences on the measures taken or under way to prevent such violations and examined possible further reforms to be adopted. They noted that the spontaneous execution of domestic judicial decisions continues to be hampered in a number of states by various shortcomings related to the legal and regulatory framework which need to be remedied. The problem of inadequate domestic remedies in cases of non-enforcement was also thoroughly examined and possible solutions envisaged.

The Round Table resulted in a set of conclusions identifying causes of the violations and suggesting avenues for further reforms to ensure the States’ effective compliance with domestic judicial decisions.

Programme and Conclusions of the Round Table

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The Round Table was organised by the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in the context of the new programme for assistance to the Committee of Ministers in the supervision of the execution of the European Court’s judgments. Under the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Court's judgments require the adoption by the respondent states, under the Committee of Ministers' supervision, of all measures necessary to grant the applicants appropriate redress and to prevent new similar violations in the future.

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