Supervision of the execution of judgments of the Court: Committee of Ministers publishes 11th annual report

Record number of cases closed in 2017 - challenges remain
Strasbourg 4 April 2018
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Supervision of the execution of judgments of the Court: Committee of Ministers publishes 11th annual report
The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, which oversees the implementation of European Court of Human Rights judgments, closed a record number of 3,691 cases last year, leading to a 24% decrease in the total number of outstanding cases.

There were 7,584 pending cases at the end of 2017, compared to around 11,000 cases three years earlier. 1,379 of the cases pending at the end of last year were leading cases – highlighting important structural problems – whereas the others were mainly repetitive cases.

These are some of the main findings from the Committee of Ministers’ annual report for 2017 on the supervision of the execution of judgments and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.

The report states that on-going reforms, improved cooperation with national authorities and changes to the policy for closing cases contributed to the high number of closures in 2017.

Significant progress was also noted in many countries towards resolving often long-standing problems – including those related to the actions of the police and the security forces, the efficiency of the judiciary and poor conditions of detention.

Nevertheless, important challenges remain to make sure that reforms take place speedily and efficiently, to provide timely redress to applicants and to prevent repetitive cases. New complex problems are also constantly coming before the committee, such as those related to unresolved conflict zones in Europe.


-          Council of Europe member states are obliged to implement judgments from the European Court of Human Rights under Article 46 of the human rights convention. This process is supervised by the Committee of Ministers, which meets regularly to review progress on outstanding cases.

-          The annual report gives an overview of recent trends in the execution process, as well as numerous examples of reforms which have been introduced and country-by-country data on the number of new, pending and closed cases.

More information

Video on the supervision process

Country Factsheets

Website of the Department for the Execution of Judgments


Contact: Andrew Cutting, Spokesperson/Media Officer, tel. +32 485 217 202