High Level Conference of the European Court of Human Rights with the participation of Viviane Reding

Type: Report   Reference: I-064440   Duration: 10:04:12  Lieu:
End production: 18/02/2010   First transmission: 18/02/2010
On 18 and 19 February 2010, the Ministers of the Council of Europe met in Interlaken, in Switzerland, in order to discuss and facilitate the reform of the European Court of Human Rights. The aim was to produce a joint declaration at the end of the event, in which Member States reaffirm their commitment and support to the work of the European Court of Human Right, with a view to ensuring the long-term protection of human rights in Europe.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 View of the landscape in Interlaken, in Switzerland (2 shots) 00:00:10
10:00:15 Cutaway of flags of the European Union and Switzerland 00:00:05
10:00:20 Conference room: round table (2 shots) 00:00:06
10:00:26 Soundbite by Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship (in ENGLISH): my presence today confirms the determination of the European Commission to work closely with the Council of Europe to put into practice the common principles upon which both our institutions are founded. 00:00:20
10:00:46 Cutaway of people listening 00:00:04
10:00:50 Soundbite by Viviane Reding, (In ENGLISH): when the European Commission proposes legislation, this must fully respect the Charter of Fundamental Rights; the Charter will be the compass for all European Union policies; it will be the base for rigorous impact assessments on fundamental rights concerning all new legislative proposals. 00:00:26
10:01:16 Cutaway of people listening 00:00:03
10:01:19 Soundbite by Viviane Reding, (In ENGLISH): I welcome the fact that the accession process will coincide with the reform of the European Court of Human Rights; the European Union has a strong interest in the efficient functioning of the Court; because as you said Mister President, Justice delayed is justice denied. 00:00:20
10:01:39 Soundbite by Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, Head of the Swiss Department for Justice and Police, (In GERMAN) saying that they are convinced that an utmost consent over the explanation is an important prerequisite; so, that the situation of the court can be improved authoritatively and durably; the court is under the support of all Member States. 00:00:24
10:02:03 Soundbite by Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, (in ENGLISH): the ratification of Protocol 14, by all confirmed European Member States, gives us the legal basis for the accession; we have now the opportunity to get all Nations States, small and big, EU countries or not, under the same convention, under the same standards and the same Court. 00:00:36
10:02:39 Cutaway of people listening 00:00:05
10:02:44 Soundbite by Jean-Paul Costa, President of the European Court of Human Rights (in FRENCH) saying that the Court is threatened, threatened by the risk of not being able to play its role efficiently anymore; despite the rationalisation of its methods and its well-performed activity, the Court is clogged. 00:00:14
10:02:58 Cutaway of people listening 00:00:03
10:03:01 Soundbite by Jean-Paul Costa, (In FRENCH) saying that reforms are urgent; Interlaken does not come too late, but it is about time it came; if one wishes to maintain international control, it is necessary to assure its effectiveness. 00:00:14
10:03:15 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:04
10:03:19 Soundbite by Mevlüt Çavusoglu, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, (In ENGLISH): it seems to me that a more effective application of the Convention within Member States is essential; and here national parliaments have a special duty to ensure that draft laws, existing legislation and administrative practice are compatible with the standards of the Convention, as interpreted by the Court. 00:00:21
10:03:40 Genral view of the conference 00:00:08
10:03:48 Soundbite by Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, (in ENGLISH): all measures aimed at increasing the efficiency of the Court should be welcomed; above all, the right to individual petition, the fact that all 800 million individuals in the Council of Europe area have the right to seek justice, as a last resort, at supranational level, should be preserved. 00:00:24
10:04:12 General views (2 shots) 00:00:12
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