Venice Commission considers Parliament breaks Constitution

The President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio considers that the Parliament of Moldova violates the Constitution. The statement was made after the Parliament of Moldova adopted the draft amendment to the Law on the Constitutional Court of Moldova under which Parliament may remove judges of the Constitutional Court by a 3/5 vote of its members if the judges do not have Parliament’s “trust”, IPN reports.

According to a statement published on the website of the Venice Commission, Gianni Buquicchio said that such a provision is in clear contradiction with European Standards on constitutional justice and is a clear violation of Article 137 of the Constitution of Moldova.

A constitutional court has the task of controlling the work of Parliament. Subjecting its judges to the need of being “trusted” by Parliament is in evident contradiction with the very purpose of a constitutional court.

The draft amendment to the Law on the Constitutional Court was passed by Parliament on May 3.

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