Romania signs protocol aimed at ECHR case file reduction

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Romania has signed Protocol 14bis to the European Convention on Human Rights, aimed at the reduction of the the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) case files, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed on Wednesday.

„In Romania’s case, the application of Protocol 14bis will have beneficial effects because its provisions will lead to a significant reduction in the number of cases filed with ECHR”, MAE says in its release.

Protocol 14bis, signed by Romania through its representative to the Council of Europe, Ambassador Stelian Stoian, was adopted at the session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Madrid, on May 12, 2009 and is to be enacted starting Oct. 1, 2009, but its provisions are already applied in a number of 12 member states of the Council of Europe.

Rendering the activity of the Court in Strasbourg more efficient is one of the important subjects on the Council of Europe agenda, in the context of an increase in the number of cases filed with it.

In May 2004, Protocol 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights was opened for signing. This instrument, conceived to streamline ECHR activity, provides a series of procedural amendments to the European Convention on Human Rights. Protocol 14 was not enforced so far because not all the Council of Europe member states ratified it.

In this context, following the President of ECHR proposal, talks started on moving forward the application of some provisions of Protocol 14 on the organization of the panels of judges and extension of their prerogatives. Protocol 14bis took over provisions related to the setting up of a single judge system and also extended the prerogatives of the panels formed of three judges, stressed MAE.

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