Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal said that changes to the law on the procedure for selecting candidates for the post of Constitutional Court judge, which was criticized by the Venice Commission, may take place even before the Ukraine-EU summit.
He said this in an interview with Politico.
In particular, Shmyhal said that the government is ready to review the recently adopted legislation on the Constitutional Court of Ukraine in order to meet the requirements of both the European Commission and the Venice Commission. According to Shmyhal, changes may take place this week, on the eve of the summit.
Although Ukraine has announced reforms to the Constitutional Court, particularly regarding the procedure for appointing judges, the Venice Commission still remains concerned about the powers and composition of the advisory group of experts - the body that selects candidates for the court - due to the risks of political interference.
Shmyhal assured that these issues will be resolved. "We are consulting with the European Commission to see that all conclusions can be incorporated into the text," he said.
The Ukraine-EU summit will be held on Friday, February 3.
It will be recalled that on December 13, the parliamentary majority supported draft law No. 7662 on "Improving the procedure for selecting candidates for the position of judge of the Constitutional Court" without correcting the number of members of the Advisory Group of Experts.
Experts in the field of judicial reform warned that this could make the Constitutional Court under the control of the authorities, and asked the parliament not to adopt the law in this form, and after its adoption, they urged Zelenskyi to promise it.
On December 19, the Venice Commission published an updated opinion on draft law No. 7662, recommending that it be changed in the version supported by public experts in the field of judicial reform. Despite this, the president signed the law on December 20.
On January 25, it became known that the Venice Commission officially refused to appoint members to the Advisory Group of Experts, which is supposed to participate in the selection of judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, pending the implementation of its own recommendations regarding the correction of the relevant law.
Previously, the government of Ukraine, while talking about the latest European integration reforms, did not comment on the signals from Brussels with a call to change the law on the selection procedure of judges of the Central Ukrainian Court of Justice so that it takes into account the latest recommendations of the Venice Commission.