Serbia must pay EUR 2,000 to each of the 28 former employees of state-owned companies
The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Serbia to pay EUR 2,000 to each of the 28 former employees of state-owned enterprises, due to violation of the right to a trial within a reasonable time, “Nova ekonomija” has announced. The two verdicts in question are in relation to lawsuits filed by workers, who received final verdicts in Serbia, according to which state should pay those workers outstanding salaries, as well as the verdict that their right to a trial within a reasonable time was violated, the verdicts stipulate. In the first verdict of the European Court of Human Rights, the court council ruled in the favour of 12 former workers of Cacak based company “Fabrika rezanog alata”. In their case, between December 22nd, 2014 and December 4th, 2015, the Court of Appeal in Kragujevac and the Higher Court in Cacak determined that their right to a trial within a reasonable time had been violated, and they had been awarded between EUR 100 and EUR 400 as a compensation for non-material damage. Between May 12th, 2016 and July 6th, 2017, the Constitutional Court ordered that these amounts are directly paid by state, and decided that the amounts awarded were reasonable. However, the Strasbourg court ruled that Serbia should pay each of these workers EUR 2,000, minus the amount already paid to them, and the same verdict was in the case of 16 former employees of state-owned enterprises “Vučje”, “Inkol”, “Elektrouniverzal” and “Graditelj”. These enterprises declared bankruptcy between April 2009 and September 2010, according to a verdict by the European Court of Human Rights. Their workers also successfully completed court proceedings in Serbia for the payment of overdue salaries, and most of them later received final judgments that their right to a trial within a reasonable time had been violated in the previous proceedings. The Commercial Court of Appeal awarded them between EUR 100 and EUR 400, to which they appealed to the Supreme Court of Cassation, which rejected the appeals. Both verdicts of the Strasbourg based court were published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia.