On 30 September – 5 October, the Execution Department carried out a working visit to Ukraine. The department representatives took part in the Annual Judicial Forum “Independent judiciary – the basis of the state in time of turbulence” organised jointly by the Council of Europe - project "Support for judicial institutions and processes to strengthen access to justice in Ukraine" and the NGO “Ukrainian Bar Association”.
The event brought together key stakeholders and allowed a discussion amongst legal professionals of the issues of independence and effectiveness of the judiciary. The topics discussed at the Forum are crucial for the execution of the groups of ECHR judgments Oleksandr Volkov (independence of judges), Zhovner/Ivanov/Burmych (non-enforcement of domestic judgments), Merit/Svetlana Naumenko (length of proceedings), in particular, in the light of the Committee of Ministers decisions adopted in September 2021.
The meetings with the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of Ukraine focused on the most recent developments related to the execution of these judgments. The meeting with the Constitutional Court also covered the role of that institution in the execution of the group of cases Petukhov (no. 2) (irreducibility of life sentences).