Moldovan president meets European top court official

President Nicolae Timofti met European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Vice-President Josep Casadevall today.

The president said the assertion of the rule of law principles in Moldova was a priority of his activity. Nicolae Timofti stressed the importance of the justice reform in strengthening constitutional democracy.

The president pointed out that the compulsory implementation of the ECHR jurisprudence was stipulated in the national law and observed by state institutions.

ECHR Vice-President Josep Casadevall said Moldova had made progress in respecting fundamental human rights and freedoms.

Most applications by Moldovan citizens were declared inadmissible by the judges of the High Court in Strasbourg during recent years, which shows an improvement of the justice act in Moldova. Thus, there were 4,261 pending applications at the European Court in 2012, 3,256 applications in 2013 and their number dropped to 1,414 applications on January 1, 2014.

As a result, Moldova is no longer among the top 10 states with the most applications to the European Court.

The ECHR representative said that, while in 2011, violations of the European Convention were discovered in 29 decisions, there were only 18 in 2013. Most infringements where on the detention conditions in Moldovan prisons and had been submitted to the Court Europe by 2009.

Attending the meeting were ECHR Judge Valeriu Gritco, Government Agent to the ECHR Lilian Apostol, Deputy Section Registrar of the ECHR Maria Tsirli, Supreme Court of Justice President Mihai Poalelungi, Justice Minister Oleg Efrim and Presidential Adviser Valentin Timbaliuc.