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Greece must co-ordinate its execution of European Court judgments more effectively, says PACE rapporteur

Strasbourg, 20.01.2010 – 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 Athens (18-19 January 2010) with a call for a number of problems in the execution of these judgments to be solved.
Mr Pourgourides called on the representatives of the Greek authorities to co-ordinate more effectively the different state bodies which are responsible for the execution of the European Court's judgments. He also invited Greek parliamentarians to monitor the implementation of these judgments within the Parliament, and has been assured that they will do so.
During his visit, Mr Pourgourides met the President of the Supreme Court, the President of the Council of State, the Prosecutor General, the deputy Minister for Citizens' Protection and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice, as well as a number of other officials, to discuss in particular the problems of excessive length of judicial proceedings and abusive use of force by police officers.
This is the fourth 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, Italy and Ukraine, and will later travel to Moldova, Romania, the Russian Federation and Turkey.