EU Continues to Support the System of Individual Application to Constitutional Court
The European Union launches a follow-up project to address the need for more effective execution of judgements, and for a better awareness of the case-law of the Turkish Constitutional Court (TCC) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The project, which will also enhance the cooperation among national and international human rights actors, will be a continuation of previously implemented projects in support of establishing and further strengthening individual application system to the Turkish Constitutional Court.
On the 9th anniversary of the entry into force of the Individual Application System to Constitutional Court, the project entitled “Supporting the Effective Implementation of Turkish Constitutional Court Judgments in the field of Fundamental Rights" has been officially launched by the the President of the Constitutional Court, Mr Zuhtu Arslan, the Council of Europe Secretary General Mr Bjorn Berge, Minister of Justice Mr Abdulhamit Gul and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Faruk Kaymakcı and Head of EU Delegation Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut.
In his opening remarks, the EU Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut stressed; “It is of course deliberate that today’s ceremony coincides with the 9th anniversary of the introduction of the Individual Application mechanism in Turkey, which over the last 9 years has transformed itself into an instrument Turkish citizens turn to when faced with violations of their human and fundamental rights. The role of a Constitutional Court in a democracy is to uphold the constitution, including the principles and practice of fundamental rights, equality, anti-discrimination, rule of law, independent administration of justice, and separation of powers.”
The Individual Application system was introduced with the constitutional amendments of 2010 as a tool to address human rights violations.
The project will benefit from 90% EU-funding, which amounts to €4.95 million.
The remaining funds will be provided by the Council of Europe, which will also be responsible for the implementation of the project activities.
The project aims to:
- strengthen the monitoring of execution of judgments,
- increase awareness of judges, prosecutors, the relevant public officers and lawyers on the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Turkish Constitutional Court.
- assess and propose solutions for inadequate implementation of the Turkish Constitutional Court judgments and serious human rights lacunas detected via the Turkish Constitutional Court’s case-law,
- enhance the transfer of the EU expertise and the cooperation between Turkish courts and relevant stakeholders with the European and Member State institutions/courts, and the European Court of Human Rights,
- work on the awareness of the general public and public institutions on the role of the Turkish Constitutional Court in the protection of fundamental rights.
Apart from the Constitutional Court, the project will involve various human rights actors including the Human Rights and Equality Institution of Turkey; the Ombudsman Institution of Turkey, CSOs, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, all courts of the Turkish justice system, the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, Bar Associations, the Justice Academy, the Council of Judges and Prosecutors, Ministries and Law Enforcement bodies.
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