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Implementation of Court judgments in Moldova: good intentions not enough

Strasbourg, 05.05.2010 – 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 Chisinau (3-4 May 2010) with a call to the Moldovan authorities to increase their efforts to solve several structural problems revealed in these judgments. “Good intentions to rectify the various deficiencies pointed to by the Court are just not enough,” said Mr Pourgourides, who chairs the Assembly’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights.

He also called on the authorities to ensure a greater transparency and involvement of civil society, and to make greater use of the Council of Europe’s legal expertise, in particular that of the Venice Commission. The rapporteur also invited the Moldovan Parliament to monitor the implementation of judgments of the Court and was assured that it will continue to do so.

Other topics discussed included the problems of abusive use of force by police officers, lack of effective investigation into such abuses, poor conditions in detention facilities and non-enforcement of domestic final decisions.

During the visit, Mr Pourgourides met the Speaker of Parliament and acting President, the Interior Minister and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, the Vice-President of the Supreme Court and the Deputy Prosecutor General, as well as a number of other officials.

This is the sixth 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, Russia and Ukraine, and will later travel to Romania and Turkey.