(Applications nos. 32910/06 and 50081/06)
28 May 2009
This judgment will become final in the circumstances set out in Article 44 § 2 of the Convention. It may be subject to editorial revision.
In the case of Ovcharov and Khomich v. Ukraine,
The European Court of Human Rights (Fifth Section), sitting as a Chamber composed of:
Peer Lorenzen, President,
Mirjana Lazarova Trajkovska, judges,
Stanislav Shevchuk, ad hoc judge,
and Claudia Westerdiek, Section Registrar,
Having deliberated in private on 5 May 2009,
Delivers the following judgment, which was adopted on that date:
I. THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE
A. Mr Ovcharov
B. Mr Khomich
II. RELEVANT DOMESTIC LAW
21. Article 143 of the 1996 Constitution of Ukraine provides:
“Territorial communities of a village, settlement and city, directly or through the bodies of local self-government established by them, manage the property that is in municipal ownership; [...] establish, reorganise and liquidate municipal enterprises, organisations and institutions, and also exercise control over their activity; [...].”
22. Section 31 of the Property Act 1991 (repealed by the Act of 27 April 2007) provides that State property includes State property itself and the property of administrative-territorial units (municipal property).
I. JOINDER OF THE APPLICATIONS
II. COMPLAINTS UNDER ARTICLES 6 § 1 AND 13 OF THE CONVENTION ABOUT LENGTHY NON-ENFORCEMENT OF THE JUDGMENTS IN THE APPLICANTS' FAVOUR
Article 6 § 1
“In the determination of his civil rights and obligations ... everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law. ...”
“Everyone whose rights and freedoms as set forth in [the] Convention are violated shall have an effective remedy before a national authority notwithstanding that the violation has been committed by persons acting in an official capacity.”
III. OTHER COMPLAINTS
IV. APPLICATION OF ARTICLE 41 OF THE CONVENTION
“If the Court finds that there has been a violation of the Convention or the Protocols thereto, and if the internal law of the High Contracting Party concerned allows only partial reparation to be made, the Court shall, if necessary, afford just satisfaction to the injured party.”
B. Costs and expenses
C. Default interest
FOR THESE REASONS, THE COURT UNANIMOUSLY
1. Decides to join the applications;
(a) that the respondent State is to pay, within three months from the date on which the judgment becomes final in accordance with Article 44 § 2 of the Convention,
(i) the outstanding debts under the judgments given in the applicants' favour;
(ii) EUR 1,600 (one thousand six hundred euros) to Mr Ovcharov and EUR 2,600 (two thousand six hundred euros) to Mr Khomich in respect of non-pecuniary damage, to be converted into the national currency of the respondent State at the rate applicable at the date of settlement, plus any tax that may be chargeable to the applicants;
(b) that from the expiry of the above-mentioned three months until settlement simple interest shall be payable on the above amounts at a rate equal to the marginal lending rate of the European Central Bank during the default period plus three percentage points;
Done in English, and notified in writing on 28 May 2009, pursuant to Rule 77 §§ 2 and 3 of the Rules of Court.
Claudia Westerdiek Peer Lorenzen
1 Approximately 881.72 euros (EUR) at the material time.
2 Approximately EUR 570.65 at the material time.