Ukraine's Authorities "Did Not See" EU's Remarks to the Law on "CCU Reform" without Venice Commission Recommendations

Monday, 9 January 2023

The government of Ukraine, sharing the latest news about the European integration reforms, did not comment on the signals from Brussels. They call to amend the law on the procedure for selecting judges of the CCU so that it takes into account the latest recommendations of the Venice Commission.

As "European Pravda" reports, the law is mentioned in the column of Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic integration, Olha Stefanishyna, for Politico, in which she talks about Ukraine's European integration achievements half a year after obtaining candidacy.

The Deputy Prime Minister underlines that the government consulted with interested parties in Ukraine, experts from the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and the Venice Commission. The process was also carefully observed by the Ukrainian expert community. According to her, though dialogue hasn't always been easy, "we've been able to find balanced positions on a number of key issues."

Stefanishyna mentions the adopted law on the Constitutional Court, avoiding the remarks by the Ukrainian expert community and the European Commission.

"Ukraine's parliament has amended the procedure for selecting judges to the Constitutional Court, introducing an ethics council of international and Ukrainian experts, responsible for reviewing candidates, assessing their record of moral conduct and their professional skills. For the first time, the selection will be on a competitive basis, transparent to the public and Ukraine's international partners," writes the Deputy Prime Minister.

The Verkhovna Rada on December 13 approved bill No. 7662 on the Constitutional Court that "amends the procedure for selecting candidates for the position of judge of the Constitutional Court" without amending the number of members of the Advisory Group of Experts.

Judicial reform experts warn that this leads to a catastrophe since the authorities could control the Constitutional Court. They asked the parliament not to adopt the law in this form and, after its adoption - urged Zelenskyy to veto it.

On December 20, 2022, the President signed a law amending the procedure for selecting judges of the CCU. Despite the recommendations of the Venice Commission and calls from the public to veto the draft law.

After that, the European Commission has expressed the expectation that Ukraine will fully take into account the recommendations of the Venice Commission.

Read also: EU Must Stop the Catastrophe in Ukraine Created by the Decision of the Venice Commission.

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