The applicant association, Cumhuriyetçi Eǧitim ve Kültür Merkezi Vakfı, or CEM Vakfi (the Foundation for Republican Education and Culture), is a foundation set up under Turkish law in 1995. The case concerned the possibility under Turkish law for places of worship to be granted an exemption from paying electricity bills and the refusal to grant this privilege to the applicant foundation.
By judgment of 2 December 2014 the Court ruled that there had been a violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) read in conjunction with Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) on account of the fact that the Turkish regulations on the exemption of places of worship from paying electricity bills amounted to legal discrimination on grounds of religion.
By judgment of 20 June 2017 regarding just satisfaction, the Court decided that general measures should have been adopted at the national level in order to eliminate the discrimination resulting from the exemption regulations, and awarded the applicant foundation the sum of € 44,400 in respect of pecuniary damage and € 10,000 in respect of non-pecuniary damage.
On 5 October 2017, relying on Rule 80 of the Rules of Court, the Government submitted a request for revision of the judgment delivered on 20 June 2017. The Government primarily requested that the sum of € 44,400 awarded in respect of pecuniary damage be decreased to € 23,300.
In its judgment today the Court decided to reject the Government’s request for revision of its judgment of 20 June 2017.
Press release ECHR 067 (2019) 19.02.2019