Venice Commission’s opinion to be taken into account when preparing judicial reform – Zelensky

Venice Commission’s opinion to be taken into account when preparing judicial reform – Zelensky

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has thanked the Venice Commission and President of the Commission Gianni Buquicchio for the decision on the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and assured that the Commission's opinion will be taken into account when preparing the judicial reform.

"I am grateful to the Venice Commission and President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio for the decision on the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. The approved documents provide important guidelines on how to avoid the damage to anticorruption agenda and to reform the CCU. The Commission's stand will be taken into account to prepare judicial reform in Ukraine," the President posted on Twitter.

Today, December 11, President Volodymyr Zelensky took part in the 125th plenary session of the Venice Commission. At the meeting, the Commission’s members approved two opinions on the legislative situation regarding anti-corruption mechanisms and the reform of the Constitutional Court following judgment no.13-r/2020 of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine of 27 October 2020.

On October 27, the Constitutional Court recognized unconstitutional Article 366-1 of the Criminal Code on penalties for lies in asset declarations. In particular, the Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional the powers of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) to verify officials' asset declarations, monitor the lifestyle of those who submit asset declarations, establish the timeliness of submission of asset declarations, as well as provisions on open access to declarations in the unified state register.

On November 25, 2020, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky requested an urgent opinion of the Venice Commission on the constitutional situation created by the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine dated October 27, 2020.

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