Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina moving ahead in the execution of the European Court on Human Rights judgement
Ljubljana, 16 March 2017 –Representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia met in Ljubljana, under the auspices of the Council of Europe Secretariat, and made important progress to ensure the execution of the ECHR judgment in the Ališić case. . The experts agreed great progress has been made in less than five months since the start of the verification process to repay savers of the so-called foreign currency deposits at the Sarajevo bank branch of Ljubljanska Banka (LB). At the same time they agreed a number of additional solutions at the operational level designed to maintain the efficiency and reliability of the verification process.
In the vast majority of cases, the verification process is proceeding smoothly. Slovenia has to date received more some 30.000 requests for verification of unpaid old foreign currency deposits with LB. Slightly over half of those relate to the main LB branch in Zagreb and the remainder to the main LB branch in Sarajevo.
A total of 14,000 payments have already been made to savers from either the LB main branches in Zagreb or Sarajevo, totalling 146.1 million €.
The processing of deposits of savers at LB Sarajevo effectively started in October 2016 (or 1 December 2015 in the case of LB Zagreb) and to date 2,200 of these savers had already received payments totalling €25.4 million. The experts agreed that the two countries would cooperate at the operational level on obtaining data from bank archives in Sarajevo. The existing cooperation between the finance ministries of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia will be further enhanced by the creation of a regular communication channel between the staff of the former branch and the Succession Fund of the Republic of Slovenia, which is responsible for deciding on verification procedures regarding foreign currency deposits. With the cooperation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, verification procedures will be faster and more effective and, above all simpler for those savers who are beneficiaries under the Ališić judgment.
The Council of Europe has previously positively assessed the Slovenian verification scheme. At the meeting the representatives of the Council of Europe, participated actively and helped both parties to make important progress.
On the margins of the meeting, the Council of Europe representatives also met with members of the Ministry of Justice project group responsible for coordinating the execution of ECHR sentences and discussed activities relating to the execution of other ECHR judgments. Having closed 264 judgments in the Lukenda group (excessive length of proceedings) and the pilot judgment in the Kurić case ("the erased") last year, Slovenia is currently in the process of dealing with approximately another 50 ECHR judgments.