EU continues to support more effective execution of judicial decisions in Turkey
The European Union-funded project to support the effective execution of court decisions in Turkey was launched on 6 December in Ankara. The project aims at ensuring the timely, effective, and fair execution of judicial decisions and seeks to thereby increase the public trust in the judiciary. The event was attended by the Deputy Minister of Justice Mr Cengiz Öner, Undersecretary of Spanish Ministry of Justice Mr Antonio Viejo, Deputy Head of the Embassy of Spain to Turkey Mr Eduardo Ibanez Lopez-Doriga and Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Turkey H.E. Mr Christian Berger.
The project is a follow-up of previous activities implemented between 2011 and 2014 which supported Turkey in setting up a new model for civil court enforcement offices, currently ensuring the predictability of the system in more than 30 small and medium-sized cities across Turkey. The project has supported the establishment of a central enforcement and insolvency unit, within the Ministry of Justice, in charge of steering and coordinating the enforcement system nationwide. Early surveys confirmed the increase in the level of satisfaction of both lawyers and citizens. Now the challenge is to sustain and disseminate this experience to all Turkish enforcement offices. This is why the EU is now supporting the Ministry of Justice with funding for this second phase project. This project will draw on the successful experiences in small and medium-sized offices and will develop a new enforcement model for larger provinces in Turkey. To this end, best practices in the EU Member States will be examined, adapted and transposed to the Turkish enforcement system. Activities will focus on quality management systems for enforcement services, especially in larger cities, as well as on the reform of the management of the trustee storages.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger, said on the occasion: “The execution of judicial decisions is an essential element in the functioning of a democratic state and a modern economy. Enforcing court decisions is a fundamental right as spelled out in the European Convention on Human Rights. Modern democratic states must ensure that all persons having received a final and binding court decision have the right to a proper, effective, and efficient enforcement.”