President Klaus Iohannis on Friday received at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace the head of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Dean Spielmann.
According to a release of the Presidential Administration, the Romanian head of state and the ECHR President had an exchange of opinions on the ECHR’s reform process, intended to make more efficient the management of the extremely high number of individual requests received by the Court.
“The ECHR head congratulated and thanked Romania for the excellent cooperation with the Court, and especially for the good cooperation in identifying new solutions for the ECHR,” reads he release of the Presidential Administration.
ECHR President bestowed Doctor Honoris Causa title of University of Bucharest
The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) President, Dean Spielmann has been bestowed on Friday the Doctor Honoris Causa title of the University of Bucharest, during a ceremony at the Palace of the Faculty of Law.
‘It is a joy and an honour to the University of Bucharest to award its highest title to a brand personality of our days, not only through the position Mr. Dean Spielmann, as President of the European Court for Human Rights, holds, but also through his entire activity as regards the academic career, as regards the human rights’ problematic,’ told Agerpres the University of Bucharest pro-rector, Liviu Papadima.
The ECHR career of Dean Spielmann has started as an elected justice, on August 30, 2004. During 2011 – 2012, he used to be a president of the section with the ECHR, and on September 13, 2014 he was appointed as the Court’s vice-president.
‘The Doctor Honoris Causa title bestowed to Dean Spielmann is the modality the University of Bucharest shows its gratefulness towards his exceptional merits in the edification of a culture of protection and observance of the human rights in Europe, as proven during his entire academic and professional career,’ says a release by the University of Bucharest.
Justice Minister Cazanciuc, ECHR’s Spielmann discuss property returning, detention conditions in Romania
Justice Minister Robert Cazanciuc on Thursday welcomed President of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Dean Spielmann to discuss, among other things, property returning and detention conditions in Romania’s penitentiaries.
“First of all, we discussed the main causes that led to the notification of Romania’s violations of rights and the measures to be taken by the Romanian authorities. Property returning, the main cause behind ECHR’s notification about Romania’s human rights violations, was solved by Romania passing in 2013 property returning legislation, with the ECHR having confirmed in 2014 that the new legislation provides for an adequate framework to settle property claims,’ Cazanciuc is quoted as saying in a press statement released by the Justice Ministry.
Cazanciuc said the success of the legislative modifications was possible only through constant dialogue with experts of the Department for the Execution of Judgements of ECHR and the ECHR’s Office of the Clerk, extending thanks to Dean Speilmann for that.
At the meeting with the ECHR president, Cazanciuc mentioned a constant concern with the length of judiciary procedures, for which the Justice Ministry together with representatives of other judiciary organisations – the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM), the Supreme Court of Cassation and Justice and the Prosecution Service of the Supreme Court – started a process of monitoring the implementation of Romania’s new legal codes.
“Romania finds itself in a bind as far as detention conditions are concerned. We need wide investment to improve the infrastructure of penitentiaries, and we are trying to find additional funding sources, beside the public funds. Upon the initiative of Romania and Italy, justice ministers from 11 European Union member states signed in March 2105 a letter urging the European Commission to earmark funds to improve conditions in the penitentiaries, This is a complicate situation for which there are no immediate solutions, but which Romania has to solve,’ added Cazanciuc.
ECHR President Spielmann pointed out that the problems facing Romania are facing other European countries as well, commending the initiative co-authored by the 13 member states.
He also voiced appreciation on cooperation with Romania’s authorities to manage Romania’s issues brought to the ECHR’s attention.