Ukraine: EU welcomes appointment of eight new members to the High Council of Justice
January 16, 2023

Ukraine: EU welcomes appointment of eight new members to the High Council of Justice

The EU has welcomed the recent appointment in Ukraine of eight new members to the High Council of Justice by the Congress of Judges. This allows this key judicial governance body to resume its work. 

The EU says it supports these significant efforts in consolidating the rule of law, despite the ongoing military aggression by Russia, and is looking forward to the continuation of this positive trend.

The EU is also closely monitoring the alignment of the reform of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) with the recommendations of the Commission’s opinion on the EU membership application of Ukraine to ensure  that this process is carried out in line with Venice Commission recommendations.

In particular, the Venice Commission Opinion published on 19 December recommends that (i) an exclusion of CCU candidates can also be done on the ground of professional competence (para 63), and (ii) that the number of the Advisory Group of Experts (AGE) should be increased to seven, with the 7th member coming from the international donors’ quota. 

“The European Commission expects Ukraine to align its legislation accordingly,” says a press release by the European Union External Action Service (EEAS). “By introducing these changes, Ukraine would not only advance on its EU membership process, but it will foster the trust of Ukrainian citizens in the country’s judiciary. Progress in judicial reforms remains vital for strengthening Ukraine’s resilience and the rule of law.”

Find out more

Press release


Interested in the latest news and opportunities?

This website is managed by the EU-funded Regional Communication Programme for the Eastern Neighbourhood ('EU NEIGHBOURS east’), which complements and supports the communication of the Delegations of the European Union in the Eastern partner countries, and works under the guidance of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, and the European External Action Service. EU NEIGHBOURS east is implemented by a GOPA PACE-led consortium. It is part of the larger Neighbourhood Communication Programme (2020-2024) for the EU's Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood, which also includes 'EU NEIGHBOURS south’ project that runs the EU Neighbours portal.

The information on this site is subject to a Disclaimer and Protection of personal data. © European Union,