On Saturday, June 13, the Venice Commission announced its verdict on draft Constitution of Ukraine, submitted by the President Viktor Yushchenko. According to the Justice Minister of Ukraine Mykola Onishchuk, the Commission supported the draft Constitution in general.

“The Commission gave positive estimation to the President’s draft Constitution that corresponds to the standards of the Council of Europe and European legal Constitutional doctrine,” Onishchuk said.

According to Onishchuk, the Commission appreciated the changes concerning the judicial system. “The draft Constitution reflects not the soviet model of the public prosecutor’s office but that one which corresponds to the standards and obligations of Ukraine to the Council of Europe,” he noted.

At the same time the Commission criticized some norms, especially the necessity to change the Constitution by means of referendum and semi-presidential system can keep the conflict between the President and Cabinet.


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