Opinion on the constitutional situation in Ukraine dd. 20.12.2010

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Dear Council of the European Union,

I am writing to make a freedom of information request.

The European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) is the Council of Europe's advisory body on constitutional matters and provide legal advice to its member states and, in particular, to help states wishing to bring their legal and institutional structures into line with European standards and international experience in the fields of democracy, human rights and the Rule of Law.

On September 30th 2010, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine adopted a Decision (Judgment) whereby it declared the Law on the amendment to the Constitution No. 2222, adopted on December 8th 2004, unconstitutional and required that laws subsequently adopted be brought in line with the previous Constitution of 1996 (Case No. 1-45/2010).

By letter dated October 21st 2010, Mr Dick Marty, Chair of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, asked the Venice Commission to give an opinion on the constitutional situation in Ukraine.

On 29 and 30 November 2010, the Venice Commission delegation travelled to Ukraine to meet with the different authorities concerned, including the Constitutional Court, the Presidential Administration, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Justice, the Supreme Court as well as the representatives of the opposition.

On December 20th 2010 Venice Commission gave the Opinion on the constitutional situation in Ukraine adopted by the Venice Commission at its 85th Plenary session (Venice, 17-18 December 2010). This Opinion is based on the members’ and experts’ comments and the information obtained during the study visit to Ukraine.

I further suggest a strong public interest in this information being made public and agree to pay all reasonable searching, reviewing, and copying costs associated with processing this request.

If my request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all non-exempt material.

According to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted and approved by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 217A on December 10th 1948, and the European Convention on Human Rights on November 10th 1950, everyone has the right to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority regardless of frontiers.

In that regard, I should be grateful if you would provide me with the following information under provisions of the Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of May 30th 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents:

(1) Please could you list and provide copies of any correspondence, including opinions, letters, emails and their attachments, any information that the Venice Commission hold concerning Decision (Judgment) of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine of September 30th 2010 (Case No. 1-45/2010) including, but not limited to, written communications and notes of meetings (handwritten or electronic, drafts, memos, invitations, appointments, cancellations, attendance lists, agendas, background papers), audio or video recordings, verbatim reports, operational conclusions, lines to take, briefings, and presentations or telephone conversations concerning the above with Ukrainian and other countries authorities during 2014-2021.

(2) Please could you list and provide a copy of the letter dated October 21st 2010, from the Chair of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to the Venice Commission.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this request.

Yours faithfully,

Volodymyr BOGATYR

Postmaster Consilium, Council of the European Union

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Dear Mr Bogatyr,

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