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  • NEWS 2013-2014

  • 26 June 2013

    146 cases concerning applications of Polish citizens to the European Court of Human Rights have been considered as executed and closed by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in the first half of 2013 – Ms Justyna Chrzanowska, the Polish Government Agent before the Court announced today.

    Europejski Trybunał Praw Człowieka123 cases were closed as a result of friendly settlements between the Polish Government and the applicants. The remaining 23 cases were closed following the successful execution of judgments by the Polish Government.
    As a result, the number of pending Polish cases has declined by roughly 16%.

    To compare, last year altogether 164 cases were closed and only 5 among them as a result of the compliance with the ECtHR judgments. The other 159 cases were closed following friendly settlements between the government and the applicants.

    Friendly settlements are usually reached in the so-called ‘repetitive’ cases, i.e. cases concerning matters to which the well-settled case-law of the Strasbourg Court applies. Governments of all 47 member states are encouraged by Protocol No 14 to the European Convention of Human Rights to seek friendly settlements with the applicants as far as possible.

    As Mrs Chrzanowska further explained, the friendly settlement procedure aims at speeding up the proceedings and facilitates reaching justice by the claimants. The goal is also to provide the Court with more time to decide on non-repetitive cases, often serving as a precedent. Friendly settlements are usually reached by Poland in repetitive cases concerning excessive length of proceedings or of pretrial detention - Director Chrzanowska added.

    The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe supervises the execution of judgments of the ECtHR and of friendly settlements reached between the applicants and the governments. The Committee checks whether the governments have complied with all the formalities linked with the payment of just satisfaction and whether the root causes of the violations of the Convention rights have been removed, so as to prevent further similar applications to the Court in the future. 

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