Today Kyiv hosted an international conference into impact of the European Court of Human Rights on the national constitutional legal proceedings, the Cabinet’s press service reports.

The conference was attended by representatives of international organizations and foreign state constitutional bodies, in particular, by Secretary of the Council of Europe Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio, OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine James Schumaker, and German International Legal Cooperation Fund Project Director in Kiev and Minsk Stephan Huelshoerster.

The Ukrainian side to the conference was represented by people's deputies, officials from the Presidential Secretariat, Cabinet of ministers, judges, scientists and others.

The conference was opened by Chairman of the Ukrainian Constitutional Court Nikolay Selivon.

President Viktor Yushchenko's greeting to the participants in the conference was read out by First Deputy Head of the Presidential Secretariat Ivan Vasuynik.

According to the Head of State, the conference is very important, as it creates conditions for a constructive expert dialogue on topical legal matters. According to him, the conference is an important step toward Ukraine's development as a democratic legal state.

As the President of Ukraine stressed, adhering to the norms of the Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms is an indicator of the power's attitude toward democratic ideals and its citizens' human rights protection.

Having reminded that the conference was underway on the eve of the 9th anniversary of the Constitution Court of Ukraine founding, the President positively assessed the Court's activity, referring to it as the guarantor of constitutional justice in Ukraine.


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