“Belonging to the European Union is one of the guarantees of international security, therefore we are happy to help our Ukrainian colleagues on the way to this goal,” said the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Aigars Strupišs at the online meeting of the opening of the project "Support for strengthening the capacity of the Supreme Court of Ukraine in the context of European integration" on September 27.

As Aigars Strupišs shared his experience of Latvia's integration into the European legal, he admitted that this road has not been easy because only now, 18 years later, it can be said that the Latvian judicial system has adapted to European Union law.

Whereas, the President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine Vsevolod Knyazev confirmed the desire and readiness of the Ukrainian judicial system to integrate into the European legal space. He expressed gratitude to Latvia for the support already provided, as well as for the project, which happens at a time when sirens are operating in Ukraine and announcing the danger of war every day.

President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine Vsevolod Knyazev and judge Tetyana Antsupova portrayed the situation of working conditions of Ukrainian courts work during wartime: 14% of appeal courts have been suspended, 89 court buildings have been completely or partially destroyed, judges from the destroyed buildings have been transferred to other courts, dozens of judges and courts employees fight on the front, those who remain in the courts donate part of their salaries and otherwise help the army. In spite of this, the work of the courts in Ukraine has not been suspended. Since the beginning of the war, more than 36,000 cases have been examined by the Supreme Court alone.

Approximate estimates indicate that at least 1.7 billion hryvnias will be needed to restore the Ukrainian judicial system. Therefore, the Ukrainian colleagues are grateful for all kinds of help provided by Latvia both in supporting Ukraine in the war against Russia, in the restoration of the judicial system, and also in the integration of Ukraine into the European Union.

Three main activities are planned within the project "Support for strengthening the capacity of the Supreme Court of Ukraine in the context of European integration":

  • Humanitarian aid – 22 portable computers will be handed over to the Supreme Court of Ukraine;
  • Latvian researchers in cooperation with the experts of the Supreme Court of Ukraine will prepare a study on the capacity of the Ukrainian judicial system as one of the elements of joining the European Union;
  • There will be a series of seminars on emotional rehabilitation for judges and employees of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, providing psychological support for work during wartime.

This is a grant project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, which is being implemented by the Court Administration until November of this year. The cooperation partners of the project are the Supreme Court of Latvia and the Supreme Court of Ukraine.

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: +371 67020396, +371 28652211

 

The project has received funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2022 from the development cooperation budget.