The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) awarded €512,425 to Slovak plaintiffs last year, states a report on the activities of the Slovak representation at the ECHR, which was acknowledged by the government on Wednesday, April 7.
The ECHR ruled against Slovakia in 38 cases in 2009, most often due to violations of the right to a fair trial, the TASR newswire wrote. In another ten cases a settlement was agreed between the Slovak Government and the plaintiffs.
A considerable increase was seen in the number of complaints submitted against Slovakia in 2009 compared to 2008. This was mainly due to inappropriate delays in court trials. In addition, the number of complaints that were rejected by the ECHR or deleted from the list without notifying the government fell.
The ECHR registered 1,360 unhandled complaints against Slovakia at the end of 2009. The Justice Ministry said there was an urgent need to resolve “various practical problems present for several years” in terms of the status and activities of the Slovak representation at the ECHR. The ministry has therefore drawn up an amending proposal which it says should improve the quality of the office of the Slovak representatives. Last year the post was held by Marica Pirošíková, with Miroslava Bálintová as co-representative.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Apr 2010 at 14:00