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Conclusions of the 1172nd Committee of Ministers Human Rights meeting - case of Kurić and others v. Slovenia

Strasbourg – 1172nd meeting of the Committee of Ministers on the execution of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights’ took place between 4th and 6th of June 2013.

The implementation of the judgment in the case of Kurić and others v. Slovenia was also discussed among other cases. The Minister of Interior of Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Gregor Virant took part in the meeting of the Committee, for which the Committee expressed particular appreciation. The Minister presented the state of the implementation of the judgment in the case of Kurić and others v. Slovenia.

He informed the Committee that a special law regulating the restitution of damage in respect of persons erased from the register of permanent population, which will establish a compensation scheme, is expected to be adopted by the end of this year. Those erased persons who have already obtained either a permanent residence permit in Slovenia or Slovenian citizenship will be covered by the compensation scheme that will cover both pecuniary and non-pecuniary damage.

Beside the lump-sum compensation, the state is providing the beneficiaries with additional measures, ranging from health insurance, social care programmes, education, access to state scholarships, equal and preferential treatment in dealing with housing problems as well as inclusion and preferential treatment in integration programmes.

In the debate, delegations welcomed the achieved progress and were most interested in the scope of beneficiaries and the timeline for the adoption of the special law.

The Committee urged the Slovenian authorities to intensify their efforts with a view to accelerating the adoption of the special law that will establish the compensation scheme. It also invited the Slovenian authorities to provide further clarifications on the scope of beneficiaries and information on the outcome of the friendly settlement negotiations with the applicants.

The consideration of this case will be resumed at the meeting in September 2013.