FORMER FIFTH SECTION
CASE OF R & L, S.R.O. v. THE CZECH REPUBLIC
(Application no. 37926/05)
(Just satisfaction - Striking out)
11 June 2015
This judgment is final but it may be subject to editorial revision.
In the case of R & L, s.r.o. v. the Czech Republic,
The European Court of Human Rights (Former Fifth Section), sitting as a Chamber composed of:
Boštjan M. Zupančič,
Helena Jäderblom, judges,
Zdeněk Kühn, ad hoc judge,
and Claudia Westerdiek, Section Registrar,
Having deliberated in private on 19 May 2015,
Delivers the following judgment, which was adopted on that date:
1. The case originated in an application (no. 37926/05) against the Czech Republic lodged with the Court under Article 34 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (“the Convention”) on 12 October 2005. The applicant is a Czech limited liability company having its registered seat in Brno. It was represented before the Court by Ms R. Volná, a lawyer practising in Brno. The Czech Government (“the Government”) were represented by their Agent, Mr Vít A. Schorm, of the Ministry of Justice.
2. Mr Karel Jungwiert, the judge elected in respect of the Czech Republic, was unable to sit in the case (Rule 28). Accordingly, the President of the Chamber decided to appoint Mr Zdeněk Kühn to sit as an ad hoc judge (Rule 29 § 1(b)).
3. In a judgment delivered on 3 July 2014 (“the principal judgment”), the Court decided to join the application to four other applications (nos. 25784/09, 36002/09, 44410/09 and 65546/09) and held that there had been a violation of Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 (see R & L, s.r.o. and Others v. the Czech Republic, nos. 37926/05, 25784/09, 36002/09, 44410/09 and 65546/09, § 127 and points 1 and 3 of the operative provisions).
4. Under Article 41 of the Convention the applicant claimed CZK 743,148 (EUR 27,122) in respect of pecuniary damage, EUR 10,000 in respect of non-pecuniary damage, CZK 52,715 (EUR 1,924) for costs and expenses incurred in the domestic proceedings and CZK 78,120 (EUR 2,851) for those incurred in the proceedings before the Court (see R & L, s.r.o. and Others, cited above, § 140).
5. Since the question of the application of Article 41 of the Convention was not ready for decision, the Court reserved it and invited the Government and the applicant to submit, within three months, their written observations on that issue and, in particular, to notify the Court of any agreement they might reach (see R & L, s.r.o. and Others, cited above, § 142 and point 4 of the operative provisions).
6. On 19 December 2014 the Court received the following common declaration signed by the Government and the applicant on 18 and 2 December 2014 respectively:
“The Government of the Czech Republic, represented before the European Court of Human Rights by their Agent Mr Vít Alexander Schorm (“the Government”),
R & L, s. r. o., represented by its counsel Ms Renata Volná (“the Applicant”),
1. they have reached a friendly settlement of case no. 37926/05 - R & L, s. r. o., v. the Czech Republic (“the Application”) pending before the European Court of Human Rights (“the Court”),
2. the Government will pay the Applicant, within three months from the publication of the judgment by which the Court strikes the remainder of the Application out of its list of cases pursuant to Article 39 § 3 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, a total amount of EUR 21,000 (twenty one thousand euros), converted into CZK (Czech korunas) at the rate applicable on the date of payment, to a bank account that the Applicant will specify to the Ministry of Justice without undue delay upon request,
3. the above-mentioned sum is to cover any and all pecuniary and non-pecuniary damage as well as costs and expenses, plus any tax that may be chargeable to the Applicant; the Government note in this context that according to Article 18 § 2(d) of Act no. 586/1992, on income tax, payment based on a friendly settlement of a case before the Court is not subject to corporate income tax,
4. if the above-mentioned amount is not paid within the said period of three months, then from the expiry date of that period until payment, a simple interest on the amount shall be paid at an annual rate equal to the marginal lending rate of the European Central Bank plus three percentage points,
5. the Applicant waives any further claims against the Czech Republic based on the facts of the Application and regards this friendly settlement as the final resolution of the Application,
6. neither the Government nor the Applicant will request the remainder of the Application to be referred to the Grand Chamber,
7. the Applicant takes due note of the fact that in order to bind the Czech Republic the terms of this declaration are subject to further approval by the Government in accordance with applicable procedures; the Government shall notify the declaration to the Court after the approval has been given.”
7. Following its principal judgment the Court has been informed that an agreement has been reached between the Government and the applicant with respect to the latter’s claims under Article 41 of the Convention.
8. Having regard to its terms, the Court finds this agreement equitable within the meaning of Rule 75 § 4 of the Rules of Court and that it is based on respect for human rights as defined in the Convention or its Protocols (Article 37 § 1 in fine of the Convention and Rule 62 § 3 of the Rules of Court). Consequently, it considers it appropriate to strike the remainder of the case out of the list (Article 37 § 1(b) of the Convention and Rule 43 § 3).
FOR THESE REASONS, THE COURT, UNANIMOUSLY,
1. Decides to disjoin the application from the applications to which it had been joined (applications nos. 25784/09, 36002/09, 44410/09 and 65546/09);
2. Decides to strike the remainder of the application out of its list of cases;
3. Takes note of the parties’ undertaking not to request a rehearing of the case before the Grand Chamber.
Done in English, and notified in writing on 11 June 2015, pursuant to Rule 77 §§ 2 and 3 of the Rules of Court.
Claudia Westerdiek Mark