Ghimpu doesn’t consider as decisive the opinion of Venice Commission

Thursday, February 11, 2010 9:27 AM
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Moldovan interim President, Speaker of Parliament, Mihai Ghimpu, considers that assessment that can be provided by Venice Commission for constitutional reform initiated in Moldova has just a consultative nature.

While the Secretary General of Venice Commission, Gianni Buquicchio, declared on Wednesday, during a briefing in Chişinău, that for Moldova the priority is to get out of crisis and not the modification of Constitution, Mihai Ghimpu, immediately after the departure of European official, states that he doesn’t know “what he meant by this“.

“I didn’t quite got what he (Gianni Buquicchio – ed.n.) meant, but I know very well that any state is in position, by means of its supreme body, which is called Parliament, to adopt any law, be it ordinary or constitutional“, Ghimpu replied, asked by journalists to explain why Secretary General of Venice Commission pleads for amending just one article of Supreme Law, the one on the presidential elections, and not for radical change of the Constitution.

According to Ghimpu, “as members of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, we have to observe some norms, but these norms are rather about promotion of fundamental democratic principles stipulated by UN declaration and European Convention“. “Venice Commission can’t undermine the parliamentary activity, believe me, even the Council of Europe can’t do this. It helps us and we are grateful for this“, concluded the Speaker of Moldovan Legislative.

Decision on the need to amend the Constitution by amending 69 articles of the Supreme Law was taken within the meeting of special commission for constitutional reform on this January 11. The decree on establishing this commission was signed by Mihai Ghimpu on December 1, 2009.

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