6 Feb 2023 09:39

Ukrainian authorities disagree with certain Venice Commission recommendations

MOSCOW. Feb 6 (Interfax) - Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Minister Olga Stefanishina has said that the Ukrainian authorities disagree with certain Venice Commission recommendations regarding laws on the Constitutional Court.

"Throughout next week we will be working on the reform of the Constitutional Court and the relaunch of a procedure for selection of Constitutional Court judges. We have failed to reach a full consensus on how we see the next steps, but we are determined to arrive at a joint, acceptable solution over the next week," the Ukrainian media quoted Stefanishina as saying in a national telethon on Friday.

Ukraine had a long dialogue with the Venice Commission, which published its recommendations without waiting for its completion, she said.

"We do not fully agree with the list of recommendations, as some of them require additional explanations, considering that they apply to the constitutional body of the country. These are not political differences - this is about the need for continuing the dialogue," Stefanishina said.

European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi urged Ukraine on February 2 to do everything necessary for harmonizing its laws, including those on the Constitutional Court, with the Venice Commission recommendations.