Deputy Chairman of the High Council of Justice Oleksii Malovatskyi took part in the Sixth Meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Committee, which was held in video conference mode.
During the discussion of issues related to strengthening cooperation in the field of justice, judicial reform in Ukraine, Oleksii Malovatskyі informed European party on the state of implementation of the next stage of reform and stressed the urgent need for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to adopt the draft law "On making amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On the Judiciary and the Status of Judges" and some laws of Ukraine on the Supreme Court and judicial governance bodies", registry No. 3711.
The draft law was submitted by the President of Ukraine to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine as urgent to correct the legislative shortcomings identified by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine in decisions of 18 February 2020 No. 2-r/2020 and 11 March 2020 No. 4-r/2020.
After the adoption in autumn 2019 of the Law of Ukraine No. 193-IX "On making amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On the Judiciary and the Status of Judges" and some laws of Ukraine on the activities of judicial governance bodies" the work of the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine was terminated at the same time. As a result, important procedures that affect the quality and speed of the judiciary have been stopped, – qualification assessment, appointment and transfer of judges, competitions for judges tolocal and appellate courts.
According to Oleksii Malovatskyi, the delay in the adoption of the draft law No. 3711 will deepen the crisis in the judiciary due to staff shortages. After all, the body involved in the formation of the judiciary does not work. At the same time, in 2020 alone, 206 judges resigned.
The Deputy Chairman of the HCJ also stressed during the meeting, that the High Council of Justice supports the intention of the Head of State to activate the work of the Commission on Legal Reform under the President of Ukraine to develop directions of qualitative and effective judicial reform, after a careful analysis of the consequences of previous reforms and taking into account the results achieved, which were positively assessed by European experts.
The European delegation at the Sixth Meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Committee was ledby Luke Devin, acting Director for Europe and Central Asia of the European External RelationsService.
The Ukrainian delegation was led by acting Director General of the Government Office for Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Oleksii Henchev. The delegation from the Ukrainian side included representatives of ministries and departments, the Office of the President of Ukraine.
The agenda of the meeting provided thediscussion of a wide circle of issues: political dialogue and reforms; political association and development of the situation in Ukraine; justice, freedom and security; economic cooperation; energy; transport; environment; climatic conditions; agriculture; digitalization; education and science; health care; social policy and labor; cross-border cooperation; monitoring and coordination of the implementation of the Association Agreement, etc.