The Moldovan government will amend the state budget to include the payment of 70 million lei in accordance with ECHR decision in the case regarding the Gemeni shopping center.
This was announced by Prime Minister Ion Chicu at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, instructing the Ministry of Finance to develop and submit a draft of the relevant amendments to the state budget for 2020. He stressed that these funds will not be found by reducing priority social spending, but by reducing appropriations for the judiciary. “There will be no other means” the head of government said. He also spoke in favor of criminal prosecution of judges, who bear the responsibility of this lost this and other cases loss in the European Court of Human Rights, and stressed that they need to be forced to compensate for the damage, the payment of which was placed on the Moldovan authorities. The Prime Minister instructed to develop a clear mechanism for taking appropriate measures against judges, due to the decisions of which Moldova lost lawsuits in the ECHR, noting that this requires only the will, and not reform of justice. Ion Chicu instructed to disclose information on all cases lost by Moldova to the ECHR, indicating the names of specific judges and the amount of damage that the Moldovan government was obliged to compensate. The head of the Cabinet also called for an assessment and analysis of the income of judges, because of whose decisions Moldova lost cases in the ECHR, as well as to assess their integrity. As it was reported the day before, the European Court of Human Rights ordered Moldova to pay 1.5 million euros in lost business income by May 18, 2020 in the case concerning the Gemeni shopping center. In addition, the state is obliged to return to the plaintiffs the parts of the building of the Gemeni shopping center that they owned until July 20, 2005, and the corresponding land, which in fact amounted to 36.55% of the shares of Gemeni AS. Otherwise, the government will have to pay another 2.1 million euros in compensation for the value of the lost property. //19.02.2020 - InfoMarket.