by Ljubica KAROVIĆ
The European Court of Human Rights (Second Section), sitting on 29 March 2011 as a Committee composed of:
András Sajó, judges,
and Françoise Elens-Passos, Deputy Section Registrar,
Having regard to the above application lodged on 7 April 2008,
Having regard to the formal declarations accepting a friendly settlement of the case,
Having deliberated, decides as follows:
The applicant, Ms Ljubica Karović, is a Serbian national who was born in 1953 and lives in Belgrade. She was represented before the Court by Mr M. Baratović, a lawyer practising in Belgrade. The Serbian Government (“the Government”) were represented by their Agent, Mr S. Carić.
The applicant complained under Articles 6 and 13 of the Convention and Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 about the excessive length of civil proceedings that she introduced on 18 November 1991 before the domestic courts, as well as about the lack of an effective domestic remedy for the procedural delay.
On 2 November 2010 and 22 November 2010 the Court received friendly settlement declarations signed by the parties under which the applicant agreed to waive any further claims against Serbia in respect of the facts giving rise to this application against an undertaking by the Government to pay her 3,800 euros to cover any non-pecuniary damage as well as costs and expenses, which would be converted into domestic currency at the rate applicable on the date of payment, and will be free of any taxes that may be applicable. It will be payable within three months from the date of notification of the decision taken by the Court pursuant to Article 37 § 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights. In the event of failure to pay this sum within the said three-month period, the Government undertook to pay simple interest on it, from expiry of that period until settlement, at a rate equal to the marginal lending rate of the European Central Bank during the default period plus three percentage points.
The Court takes note of the friendly settlement reached between the parties. It is satisfied that the settlement is based on respect for human rights as defined in the Convention and its Protocols and finds no reasons to justify a continued examination of the application (Article 37 § 1 in fine of the Convention).
In view of the above, it is appropriate to strike the case out of the list.
For these reasons, the Court unanimously
Decides to strike the application out of its list of cases.
Françoise Elens-Passos Ireneu Cabral Barreto
Deputy Registrar President