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Supervision of execution of Court's judgments: encouraging results

02/04/2014

Committee of Ministers publishes annual report for 2013 on execution of judgments of European Court of Human Rights
Surveillance de l'exécution des arrêts de la Cour : des résultats encourageants
European Court of Human Rights 

Strasbourg, 02.04.2014 - The Committee of Ministers today made public the annual report for 2013 on its supervision of the execution of judgments and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. In accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights, the Committee of Ministers is responsible for supervising the execution of the Court’s judgments by the states concerned.

The statistics 2013 confirm the positive trends of 2011 and 2012, and reveal a first decrease ever in the total number of pending cases. One can also note an all-time high in the number of cases closed through final resolutions. Like in 2012, the statistics 2013 also reveal improvements as to the respect of deadlines in the payment of just satisfaction.

At the same time, the report shows that the execution of cases revealing important structural problems remains a major challenge. However, several positive developments need to be mentioned, in particular, the improvement of domestic remedies and the importance attached, both by the CM and by the States, to the execution of pilot judgments.

The report 2013 illustrates the positive impact of the reform process commenced at Interlaken and continued at Izmir and Brighton by the high-level conferences of the Council of Europe held at those venues. This report, like the report for 2012, thus emphasises the need to carry on the efforts undertaken, the importance of the co-operation programmes, and the continued dedication of all stakeholders in the process of implementing the Court’s judgments and decisions.

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