IV. References by representatives of individual states
“This is a package of amendments that has passed through the Venice Commission — the gold standard of European review. It has met — it’s gotten the Venice Commission’s seal of approval. And it will bring to your constitution European standards of decentralized power.”
“We recommend Turkey… foster an independent judiciary and consult with civil society, OSCE/ODIHR, and the Venice Commission on any judicial reform;”
"We have discussed the situation in Ukraine in detail. We proceed from the assumption that there is no alternative to the implementation of all provisions, without exception, of the Package of Measures approved in Minsk on February 12, including those on dealing with the acute humanitarian problems, discontinuing the economic blockade, holding municipal elections, and reforming the constitution in keeping with the recommendations addressed to Ukraine by the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe. The Commission’s recent report has expressed concern about delays in carrying out constitutional reforms in Ukraine, reforms that it has clearly affirmed. This was agreed in Minsk, where the constitutional reforms, including primarily the process of decentralisation, were mapped out in sufficient detail in concrete areas to be discussed at talks between Kiev and Ukraine’s regions, including Lugansk and Donetsk."
« Je souligne dans ce contexte en particulier le rôle d’accompagnement des accords de Minsk que le Conseil, notamment la Commission de Venise, peut jouer, en particulier dans le cadre de la réforme de la constitution, de la décentralisation et de l’organisation d’élections locales. »
Ukraine: telephone conversation between President François HOLLANDE, Chancellor Angela MERKEL and Mr Volodymyr HROISMAN, President of the Ukrainian Parliament, Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the French Republic, Paris, July 14, 2015:
“The French President and the German Chancellor welcomed the launch of the process to reform the Ukrainian constitution, which puts particular emphasis on the issue of decentralization.
They signalled their appreciation of the efforts under way to conduct this reform in accordance with the Package of Measures adopted in Minsk and the recommendations of the Venice Commission.”
“The report of the Venice Commission will be studied in detail...the assessment of the legal experts of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission is very significant. The Commission has noted that the presidential system that Erdoğan aims to institute would be a step towards an autocratic order...The European Council and the European institutions must look in detail at the report and take a common position."
" We will organize broad debate to identify the best solutions in Parliament for the electoral system and we will work with Venice Commission to find the best experience."
“All the recommendations of the Venice Commission will be carefully reviewed. Parliament will not adopt any constitutional amendment if it is negatively assessed by the Venice Commission. ”
“We took into account the Venice Commission’s 2013 recommendations on the relationship between the political ministerial liability and the criminal liability, according to which the national penal provisions on the „abuse of office”, „abuse of power”, and similar expressions should be interpreted in a restrained sense and enforced at high level, so that they can be invoked only when the deed is serious."