Decision of Court (Third Section Committee), March 17, 2015 (case QUADRAT IMPEX S.R.L. v. ROMANIA)

JudgeROMANESCU G.
Resolution DateMarch 17, 2015
Issuing OrganizationCourt (Third Section Committee)

THIRD SECTION

DECISION

Application no. 25492/13 QUADRAT IMPEX S.R.L.against Romania

The European Court of Human Rights (Third Section), sitting on 17 March 2015 as a Committee composed of:

             Dragoljub Popović, President,              Kristina Pardalos,              Valeriu Griţco, judges,

and Marialena Tsirli, Deputy Section Registrar,

Having regard to the above application lodged on 11 April 2013,

Having regard to the declaration submitted by the respondent Government on 23 October 2014 requesting the Court to strike the application out of the list of cases and the applicant’s reply to that declaration,

Having deliberated, decides as follows:

FACTS AND PROCEDURE

The applicant, Quadrat Impex S.R.L., is a limited liability trade company registered in Romania with its seat in Craiova. It was represented before the Court by Mr G. Romanescu, a lawyer practising in Craiova.

The Romanian Government (“the Government”) were represented by their Agent, Ms C. Brumar, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The applicant company complained under Article 6 § 1 of the Convention about the length of civil proceedings in which it was involved. The proceedings lasted for seven years and five months for three levels of jurisdiction.

On 14 February 2014, the complaint was communicated to the Government.

THE LAW

After the failure of attempts to reach a friendly settlement, by a letter of 23 October 2014 the Government informed the Court that they proposed to make a unilateral declaration with a view to resolving the issue raised by the application. They further requested the Court to strike out the application in accordance with Article 37 of the Convention.

The declaration provided as follows:

“Le Gouvernement déclare, au moyen de la présente déclaration unilatérale, qu’il reconnaît qu’en l’espèce il y a eu violation de l’article 6 § 1 de la Convention en raison de la durée de la procédure judiciaire litigieuse.

Le Gouvernement déclare être prêt à verser à la partie requérante la société commerciale QUADRAT IMPEX SRL, au titre de satisfaction équitable la somme de 810 euros, montant qu’il considère raisonnable au vu de la jurisprudence de la Cour. Cette somme, qui couvrira tout préjudice matériel et moral ainsi que les frais et dépens, ne sera soumise à aucun impôt. Elle sera versée en lei roumains au taux applicable à la date du paiement sur le compte bancaire indiqué par la requérante, dans les trois mois suivant la date de la notification de la...

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