The Venice Commission considers that the adoption of constitutional amendments at a referendum may harm the rule of law in Ukraine, a public statement reads on website of the Venice Commission about its official position on the referendum law adopted by the Parliament in November of 2012.

"The current Constitution of Ukraine does not provide the ability to adopt the Constitution at a referendum on people's initiative," the statement of the Venice Commission says.

"The Commission believes sincerely that it will harm constitutional stability and the rule of law in Ukraine," the document continues.

The Venice Commission stresses that it noted in its preliminary conclusions on the draft laws on the referendum in Ukraine that amendments to the Constitution and even the adoption of a new Constitution should pass under the procedure established by the current Constitution.

The Venice Commission notes that the constitutional requirement of majority of votes in Parliament to support such changes or new Constitution should be maintained.

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