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Workshop on effective parliamentary oversight on execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights by the government

Tbilisi 3 July 2017
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Workshop on effective parliamentary oversight on execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights by the government

On 1 July 2017 the European Union (EU)  and the Council of Europe (CoE) in co-operation with Legal Issues Committee of the Parliament of Georgia organised a workshop on “Effective parliamentary oversight on execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) by the government”.

The workshop brought together the high-level representatives of the Government, the Parliament and Judiciary.

Mr. Cristian Urse, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, Ms. Eka Beselia, Head of the Legal Issues Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, Ms. Tamar Chugoshvili, Vice President of the Parliament of Georgia and Ms. Nino Gvenetadze Chairperson of the Supreme Court of Georgia addressed opening remarks to the participants.

Mr. Cristian Urse declared: “This High level event illustrates the commitment of Georgia to fully execute the decisions of the Strasbourg Court. It is well known that the implementation of Strasbourg judgments benefits significantly from enhanced involvement of national parliaments. The parliament exercises an essential constitutional responsibility in holding the government accountable. Therefore, we welcome Georgia’s efforts to strengthen parliamentary oversight on execution of the ECtHR judgments by introducing new legislation allowing relevant parliamentary committees to carry out an effective   control of the government’s performance. “

Ms. Eka Beselia underlined: “the use of effective parliamentary supervision mechanisms over the execution of judgments of the ECtHR is an important issue for the Council of Europe member states and numbers of resolutions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have been addressed to that subject. I, as the Chair of the PACE Sub-Committee on Oversight of Enforcement of Judgments of the ECtHR, am glad that we joined the leading European countries who have established this good practice. In 2016 we improved the regulations of the Parliament of Georgia and defined the Parliament's statute on oversight of enforcement of the ECtHR Judgments at the legislative level. For that reason I was invited to several international forums, where was asked to share with other countries our successful experiences.”

Ms. Tamar Chugoshvili said: “In recent years Georgia bears special responsibility for enforcement of European Court of Human Rights judgments and as a result number of claims decreased significantly, which shows that situation in country, in terms of human rights protection, improved considerably. In general, iimplementation of comprehensive supervision over the execution of the ECtHR judgments by the Government is a correct and efficient understanding of parliamentary control. Our regulation already includes the norm which says that the executive government has to present report on enforcement of Court judgments, as well as action plan of execution of ongoing cases, to the Parliament of Georgia no later than 1 April. The next stage of our democracy development is primarily related to the significant strengthening of the Parliament, particularly in the implementation of the supervisory function”.

Speakers from the executive, legislative and judiciary field discussed the role of the state in the process of a full, effective and prompt execution of ECtHR judgements and overviewed the state of execution of judgments against Georgia. At the same time representative of the Department for the execution of judgements of the ECtHR informed participants on working methods of the Committee of Ministers for supervision of the execution of the ECtHR judgments and on importance of effective data collection and coordination between state agencies.

The event was organised in the framework of the European Union – Council of Europe joint project “Application of the European Convention on Human Rights and harmonisation of national legislation and judicial practice in Georgia in line with European standards”, within the EU-CoE Partnership for Good Governance.


Specific objective 1: support the alignment of human rights policies and practice by ensuring compliance of legislative and regulatory frameworks with European standards and capacity-building for legal professionals and National Human Rights Institutions, including the reinforcement of Ombudsmen Offices

Indicators:

  • relevant national legislation is in place and/or amended in line with European human rights standards (criminal justice, social rights, non-discrimination, data protection, social rights).
  • institutional mechanisms and structures are in place and/or operational (e.g. Human Rights Centres, Focal Points and mechanisms as required by conventions, institutionalised consultation procedures).
  • relevant professional groups have knowledge about human rights standards and are able to apply them in their work.
  • relevant national training organisations have strengthened capacity to continuously and sustainably train their target groups on human rights standards.
  • interaction between civil society and authorities in the democratic decision-making process is reinforced.
  • national parliaments have increased awareness of the necessity to revise national legislation and bring it in line with the European Social Charter (revised) as ratified by their country.

 

Specific objective 2: support the full execution of the European Court of Human Rights judgments through reinforcement of parliamentary involvement

Indicators:

  • increased awareness of members of parliaments in the EaP countries’ on the existing parliamentary mechanisms to ensure execution of European Court of Human Rights judgments.
  • increased compliance of the national legal framework with the European Convention of Human Rights and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.
  • parliamentary committees’ staffs have better capability to assist MPs in ensuring compatibility of national legislation with the ECHR and compliance with European Court of Human Rights case-law.