Legal Affairs and Human Rights
Strasbourg, 09.07.2009 – 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 Kiev (8-9 July 2009) with a call for greater domestic parliamentary supervision to ensure Ukraine implements judgments of the Court.
The Rapporteur obtained assurances that Parliament will now take a more pro-active approach in supervising the Strasbourg Court's judgments, and that long overdue structural changes in the legal and justice system are now being finalised. During the rapporteur's visit, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed as regards regular parliamentary supervision of the Strasbourg Court's judgments.
Mr Pourgourides stressed that "party politics should be kept out of the judicial system", that there is an urgent need to resolve the unacceptable situation in which domestic Courts' decisions remain unenforced, and that additional resources must be made available to the judiciary.
During the visit, the rapporteur met the Minister of Justice, the Prosecutor General, judges of the Supreme Court, as well as a number of other officials, to discuss problems with implementation of the Court's judgments.
This is the second in a series of visits aimed at applying parliamentary pressure on states where delays or difficulties in implementing Court judgments have arisen. The rapporteur has previously undertaken a visit to Bulgaria, and will later travel to Greece, Italy, Moldova, Romania, the Russian Federation and Turkey.