Romania should do more to bring its laws and practices into line with the European Convention on Human Rights

Strasbourg, 07.05.2010 - Christos Pourgourides (Cyprus, EPP/CD), rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, has ended a two-day visit to Bucharest (5-6 May 2010) with a call to the Romanian authorities to increase their efforts to solve several structural problems revealed in these judgments.

“Many cases brought before the Court against Romania show the need for legislative and administrative measures to be carefully examined at domestic level to see if they are compatible with the Convention,” said Mr Pourgourides, who chairs the Assembly’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights.

He also called on the legislature, executive and judiciary to increase the confidence of the Romanian population in their authorities, and to take steps in order to reduce the number of applications lodged before the Court.

The rapporteur also invited the Romanian Parliament to improve the monitoring of the implementation of judgments of the Court, and was assured that it will continue to do so.

Other topics discussed included the problems of non-enforcement of domestic final decisions, including those concerning restitution of properties nationalised under the communist regime, or compensation for their loss, and the excessive length of domestic judicial proceedings.

During the visit, Mr Pourgourides met State Secretaries in the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Administration, judges of the Supreme Court, the President of the High Council of Judges as well as a number of other officials.

This is the seventh in a series of visits aimed at applying parliamentary pressure on states where delays or difficulties in implementing the European Court's judgments have arisen. The rapporteur has previously undertaken visits to Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, and will later travel to Turkey.