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The President of the Republic of Moldova welcomes the cooperation between the Constitutional Court and the European Union
On 14 April 2016 Constitutional Court was visited by President of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Nicolae Timofti. The Head of State met with the team of experts of the EU project "Support to the Constitutional Court of Moldova", which started in February this year, and visited the renovated premises of the Constitutional Court.
During the meeting, the President of Moldova expressed satisfaction on the development of the cooperation between the Constitutional Court and the European Union, through the project "Support for the Constitutional Court of Moldova".
The President of Moldova noted the improvement over the last few years, of the conditions of work of the Court, as well as the development of constitutional jurisprudence. In this context, the Head of the State stressed the imperative of accepting, complying to and enforcing the judgments of the Constitutional Court, whether anybody likes it or not. The Head of State expressed, in particular, his appreciation for the recent judgment of 9 February this year, which simplified the access of citizens to the Constitutional Court through the courts of law (by raising the exception of unconstitutionality). Also, Mr. Timofti welcomed the Constitutional Court's judgment which restored the right of citizens to elect their president, since it allows you to exclude any suspicion of obscure games. „I am fully confident that the presidential elections will be held in accordance with democratic norms”, mentioned the President.
The President of the Constitutional Court, Mr. Alexandru Tănase underscored that beyond the material changes, the most important achievement is the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court. In this regard, during the last years the role of the Constitutional Court has been strengthened, both through legislation, but especially by way of jurisprudence. In this context, the President of the Court recalled the judgment of the Constitutional Court of 14 February 2014 which paved the way for constitutionality review of laws before promulgation, instrument that avoids the entry into force of a law contrary to the Constitution. Also, Mr. Alexandru Tănase mentioned the case law that clarified the effects of judgments of the Constitutional Court and the way of their execution. "The most important judgment is the one that removed the filters that limited the access of citizens to the Constitutional Court since it allows the adoption of certain useful judgments not only for the judicial community, but also for the whole society. Due to the opening of access to the Court, to this date already a volume of complaints equivalent to the annual task of the Court has been registered (increasing by 4 times compared to the same period last year)", the President of the Constitutional Court specified.
The President of Moldova also visited the recently reopened library of the CCM, which specializes in book funds in the constitutional field. The CCM’s Library, named after the illustrious jurist and politician Ion Pelivan, was supplemented with generous title donations, both in Romanian and in English, French and German, within the projects developed by the Constitutional Court with UNDP, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria, the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), the Foundation Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), the Hanns Siedel Foundation, the Association of Francophone Constitutional Courts (ACCPUF). Among the titles of these precious and valuable collections of leading publishers there are books on law, such as constitutional law, European law, fundamental human rights and electoral law. The book collection covers narrow and concrete matters of law, which address in depth outstanding matters in the field of research of the Constitutional Court.
The EU project "Support to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova" (Europe Aid/136903/DH/SER/MD) started in February 2016 and will be implemented for a period of 20 months by a consortium led by the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ) in cooperation with the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania and the School of German Law at Warsaw University. The overall objective of the project is to accelerate the sustainable reform of the justice sector in Moldova and to ensure the rule of law by strengthening the Constitutional Court.
The purpose of the project is to:
§ Strengthen the Constitutional Court;
§ Improve procedures and internal organisation of the Constitutional Court;
§ Improve capacities of the Constitutional Court staff in providing support for the judges;
§ Increase awareness of Constitutional Court judges on different methods of interpretation and jurisprudence of the ECHR and the EU members states constitutional control institutions, the Venice commission of the Council of Europe, OSCE and other international organisations;
§ Increase awareness among the general public and specific target groups on the mandate and work of the Constitutional Court of Moldova.
Team of experts:
Mr Volkmar THEOBALD, Team Leader, Key Expert on Constitutional Law (Germany);
Prof. Dr Toma BIERMONTIENE, Key Expert on Constitutional Court (Lithuania);
Prof. Dr. Gabor Attila TOTH, Key Expert on Constitutional Jurisprudence (Hungary);
H.E. Ambassador Mamuka JGENTI, LL.M, Key Expert on ECtHR Jurisprudence (Georgia);
Details on the project can be found here.