President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky appeals to the Venice Commission with a request to make an assessment of the constitutional crisis caused by the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine dated October 27, 2020, and provide the conclusion about the state of the anti-corruption legislation after its adoption. Zelensky filed the proper letter to Commission’s President Gianni Buquicchio as the President’s Office reported.
In the letter, the president stated that the recent decisions of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine toward the basic legislation for the anti-corruption infrastructure of Ukraine led to the serious constitutional crisis and noted that ‘the authorities are strongly committed for its solution’.
“Zelensky appeals to the Venice Commission with a request to provide the conclusion toward the adoption of the decision by the judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine amid the possible conflict of interests on observation by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine of the procedure of the consideration of the case and making the decision, particularly, toward its validity and observation of limits of the constitutional submission,” the message said.
Zelensky urged to provide the conclusion on the procedure of the fast-track, considering the urgent need of the search for the balanced solution for emerging from the constitutional crisis.
Earlier, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine recognized the norm about the criminal responsibility for false declaration unconstitutional. According to the court’s decision, the criminal responsibility for a false declaration is ‘excessive punishment’ for a person. The punishment for false declaration is ‘disproportional to the inflicted harm’.
By such a decision, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine blocked the implementation of local election results. The court denied the NACP access to state registers which are used to verify declarations of candidates for senior positions in state bodies. In this regard, no head can be officially appointed.
On October 29, Volodymyr Zelensky convened an urgent meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to determine measures for the immediate response of the state to threats to national security.
Besides, President Zelensky submitted draft law No.4288 for the Parliament's consideration. The bill offers MPs to deprive the Constitutional Court judges of their authority and to restore the law on a declaration that the Court had canceled.