The implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights at the national level remains among the main challenges to the system of the Convention. In recent years, this system has been the subject of a number of reforms in order to secure its long term effectiveness and ensure that applicants to the European Court of Human Rights can rely on an effective remedy to shortcomings which may exist in Council of Europe member States regarding human rights protection.

Against this background, it is, therefore, necessary to review the implementation of the Convention at the national level with a view, as appropriate, to initiating further action to improve the situation.

In order to submit by the end of 2021 its proposals to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) set up in November 2019 the Drafting Group on enhancing the national implementation of the system of the European Convention on Human Rights (DH-SYSC-V). This Drafting Group is under the direct supervision of the CDDH’s Committee of experts on the system or the European Convention on Human Rights (DH-SYSC).

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Enhancing the national implementation of the system of the European Convention on Human Rights

Following the High-level Conference on «The implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights, our shared responsibility», held in Brussels (Belgium) on 26–27 March 2015, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a Declaration recalling the member States’ obligations with regard to the European system of human rights protection. In this context, the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) transmitted to the Committee of Ministers in September 2017 a document which takes stock of efficient means that are put in place at the national level to ensure a rapid execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. Subsequently, in June 2019, the CDDH transmitted to the Committee of Ministers, a report reflecting the measures taken by the member States to implement the Brussels Declaration. This publication contains the above-mentioned texts.