Minister of Justice dr. Dominika Švarc Pipan and State Secretary dr. Igor Šoltes on a visit to the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights
Minister of Justice dr. Dominika Švarc Pipan and State Secretary dr. Igor Šoltes visited the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the Council of Europe, in light of the thirtieth anniversary of Slovenia's membership in the Council of Europe, which will take place next year.
On Tuesday, the minister met with the President of the ECHR, Siofra O'Leary, and the Vice-President of the ECHR, Slovenian judge Dr. Marko Bošnjak, who pointed out the great reputation of Slovenia at the ECHR, both from the point of view of the extremely small share of complaints against Slovenia compared to other member states, as well as from the point of view of the effective enforcement of judgments of the ECHR, where Slovenia is also an example to other member states. She discussed with her interlocutors the importance of consistent respect for human rights and the rule of law, as well as the challenges faced by the Court. They agreed that preventive action is key both from the point of view of respecting the Convention on Human Rights and from the point of view of intensive education about the case law of the ECHR.
On Wednesday, the minister first met with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović, who expressed her satisfaction with the intensive preparation of legislative proposals of the new government in the field of human rights protection, with which Slovenia implements the recommendations of various supervisory mechanisms of the Council of Europe or which will be the basis for the initiation of ratifications of some Council of Europe conventions. The commissioner also particularly welcomed the new government's quick response in relation to inadmissible claims for reimbursement of costs against peaceful protesters during the Covid epidemic, as well as the adoption of starting points for the preparation of normative solutions in relation to misdemeanor procedures that were introduced on the basis of unconstitutional or illegal government decrees during the epidemic.
The Minister also met with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, who initially praised Slovenia's exemplary execution of ECHR judgments and the excellent work of Slovenian experts in various committees of the Council of Europe in the field of justice. The interlocutors also talked about the Children's House established this year, which was established precisely with the help of the Council of Europe, and where Slovenia is also considered one of the pioneers in the development of this and other projects for the establishment of a comprehensive system of child-friendly justice. They also discussed other current topics, such as the impact of the development of artificial intelligence technologies on human rights.
On the sidelines of the visit, the State Secretary dr. Igor Šoltes also met with the Director General of the Council of Europe for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Christos Giakoumopoulos.
State Secretary dr. Igor Šoltes also met with the Director General of the Council of Europe for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Christos Giakoumopoulos. The visit ended with a signing ceremony, at which Minister Dr. Švarc Pipan, on behalf of the Republic of Slovenia, signed the Second Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, which will enable faster acquisition of electronic data for the purposes of criminal investigations, while at the same time providing the necessary procedural safeguards and strengthening the rules for the protection of personal data.