PM Denys Shmyhal announced possible amendments to the law on the selection of judges of the Constitutional Court

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According to Politico, PM Denys Shmyhal said that the government is ready to review the recently adopted law on the "reform" of the CCU: “We are holding consultations with the European Commission to see that all issued conclusions may be incorporated into the text”.

It refers to the opinions of the Venice Commission. Last week it refused to nominate a candidate to the Advisory Group of Experts on the Selection of the CCU judges because “Two of the core recommendations contained in the opinion adopted by the Venice Commission in December 2022 … have not been followed in the Law adopted on 13 December 2022. Therefore, the preconditions for the nomination of candidate members of the AGE by the Venice Commission are not fulfilled”.

Two requirements that the Venice Commission specifies are:

  1. candidates who are recognised by the AGE as not meeting the requirements of integrity and professional competence cannot be appointed to the positions of judges of the Constitutional Court;
  2. while the composition of the AGE includes international experts, the composition of the AGE should include the 7th member, who should be appointed under the international quota.