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On 10 June 2016, the Round table “Guarantees for exercising the right to property and its protection under special circumstances” was held at the Supreme Court of Ukraine. The event was organized by the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, Supreme Court of Ukraine, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, the Project of the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine “Safeguarding Human Rights through Courts” funded by the Government of Canada, Joint EU/CoE Project “Consolidation of Justice Sector Policy Development in Ukraine” and CoE Project “Support to the Implementation of Judicial Reform in Ukraine”.

The participants in a round table are judges of the ECHR, Ukrainian judges and officials, academics, representatives of civil society organizations and international donor organizations, international and national experts. Virgilijus Valancius, Judge of the General Court of the European Union, also participated in the event.

The issues discussed in the course of work sessions included guarantees and mechanisms of protecting the property right under occupation, annexation of territories, military activities, anti-terrorist operations, formation of the self-proclaimed “republics”; the ECHR case law and international standards in the matters of protecting the right of property; and problematic issues of the judicial settlement of disputes related to the protection of property rights of individuals and legal entities at the occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and in the ATO zone.

According to Dovydas Vitkauskas, Coordinator of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”: “The protection of human rights in general and property rights in particular is important for Ukraine to increase the trust of investors and the business climate. This goes to the core of the implementation of Association Agreement and closer dialogue between the European Union and Ukraine. The Project is ready to promote the development of relevant regulatory and institutional framework, and increased awareness on these issues”.

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