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Acting Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine held a meeting with the Head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office

37888344 2005757929684793 6691550620442165248 nТhe head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office Mr Augustinas Normantas met with an acting chairman the Constitutional Court of Ukraine Mr Serhiy Holovaty. At the beginning of the meeting, Mr Holovaty outlined in details the activities of the national body of constitutional jurisdiction, noting, in particular, significant amendments to the Constitution introduced in 2016, which also touched upon the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

According to the speaker, a number of innovations were introduced, among which, in particular, a new institute - an individual constitutional complaint by which a person can protect his/her rights. "The Constitution opened the door to the application of this institute, but for a long time it was impossible to apply it for formal reasons, in particular, because of the long adoption of the new Law on the Constitutional Court and its internal Rules of Procedure", emphasised Acting Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

The head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office, Mr Normantas, was pleased that a constitutional complaint became a reality in Ukraine and expressed the hope that the possibility of submitting a constitutional complaint would be enshrined in the Constitution of Lithuania soon too.

The Ombudsman noted that each ombudsperson and an expert in constitutional law comprehend the importance of this instrument for the protection of human rights.

In presenting the amendments to the Constitution, S. Holovaty drew attention to another critical reform of the constitutional jurisdiction. According to him, from now on the Constitutional Court may determine in its decision the procedure and terms for its execution. The justice of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine also was pleased that the Ukrainian Human Rights Commissioner often appeals to the Constitutional Court.

"Over the history of the activity of our constitutional control body, there were more than 50 applications from this institution. This fact shows the long and productive cooperation between the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights", noted the justice of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.37811344 2005757909684795 8592249712516530176 n

During the meeting, the participants discussed other issues related to the implementation of the rule of law principle in Ukraine, and the challenges of judicial reform were also addressed. The role of the Ukrainian Commissioner for Human Rights in upholding the rule of law in Ukraine was at the centre of discussion.

Vytautas Valentinavičius, senior advisor to the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office and Viktoras Barvytsky, the representative of the Ukrainian Commissioner for Human Rights Ombudsman, also attended the meeting.

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