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DeclarationbytheVeniceCommissiononundueinterferenceinthe
workofConstitutionalCourtsinitsmemberStates
16/03/2016

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Atits106thplenarysession(Venice,1112March2016),theVenice
Commissionhadtodiscussseveralcasesofundueinterferenceinthe
workofConstitutionalCourtsinitsmemberStates,atopicwhichwill
alsobeafocusofthe4thCongressoftheWorldConferenceon
ConstitutionalJustice(Vilnius,1013September2017).
Aspecificopinion,adoptedatthe106thplenarysession,dealtwith
amendmentstotheLawontheConstitutionalTribunalofPoland.
TheVeniceCommissionexpressesseriousconcernoverstatements
madebythePresidentofTurkeywhohasdeclaredthathewillnot
respectarecentjudgmentoftheConstitutionalCourtofTurkeyandhas
moreoverthreatenedtoabolishthisCourt.AsaMemberStateofthe
CouncilofEurope,TurkeyisboundbytheCouncilsfundamental
principles,thatofdemocracy,theprotectionofhumanrightsandthe
ruleoflaw.ThesethreatsagainsttheConstitutionalCourtofTurkeyare
inclearviolationoftheCouncilofEuropesfundamentalprinciples.
Furthermore,theVeniceCommissionisconcernedaboutproblemsand
delaysinappointingjudgestotheConstitutionalCourtsofSlovakiaand
Croatiabasedoninformationithasreceived.
AsconcernsGeorgia,theCommissionisconcernedaboutpubliccalls
fromtheexecutivetoterminatethemandateofthePresidentofthe
ConstitutionalCourt,whichrisksunderminingtheauthorityofthisCourt.

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