Slovenia signs Protocol No. 14bis
On 27 May 2009, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg signed Protocol No. 14bis to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which is intended as a temporary measure to improve the efficiency of the European Court of Human Rights, which has been facing increasing backlogs.
In Strasbourg on 27 May 2009, the Permanent Representative, Ambassador Marjetica Bole, on behalf of the Republic of Slovenia, signed Protocol No. 14bis to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The Protocol was adopted at the 119th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Madrid on 12 May 2009, with a view to applying, as soon as possible, the most necessary procedures (improved recognition of inadmissible cases and reduction in the duplication of cases) introduced with Protocol No. 14. The latter was adopted in May 2004, but is not yet in force, since not all Council of Europe member states have concluded their ratification procedures. Protocol No. provides the legal basis to improve, as soon as possible, the efficiency of the Court.
In Madrid on 12 May 2009, Slovenia took over the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers from Spain. One of the key priorities of the Slovenian Chairmanship is reform of the Court, as well as the conclusion of the ratification of Protocol No. 14, regardless of the signing of Protocol No. 14bis, which is merely an provisional measure until the entry into force of Protocol No. 14.