On Monday, November 21, a presentation of studies on the impact of European integration on the work of the judicial system took place. The research was conducted within the framework of the project "Support for strengthening the capacity of the Supreme Court of Ukraine in the context of European integration". Studies were carried out by Latvian researchers in cooperation with experts of the Supreme Court of Ukraine.

The presentation of the research results was opened by Aigars Strupišs, President of the Supreme Court of Latvia, and Vsevolod Knyazev (Всеволод Князев), President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine. The meeting was moderated by Solvita Harbaceviča, Advisor to the President of the Supreme Court of Latvia.

In the introductory speech, Aigars Strupišs stated that Latvia's membership in the European Union has strengthened the country both economically and politically, and provided a sense of security. Today Latvia provides support to Ukraine in achieving this goal. "Membership in the European Union requires not only the adaptation of legislation, but also the adjustment of institutions. The judiciary is a peculiar institution, it is a rather conservative institution, so introducing changes is not a simple process. However, joining the European Union requires changes."

Vsevolod Knyazev briefly informed about the work of the Ukrainian courts during wartime. He also pointed out that the cooperation between the judicial systems of Latvia and Ukraine is an important contribution to the approximation of the Ukrainian judicial system to the standards of the European Union. "This project is a step closer to membership in the European Union. I hope that Ukraine will achieve this goal as successfully as Latvia once did," said the President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine.

When reviewing the research results, Solvita Harbaceviča analyzed the transformation of the legal system and judicial work upon the state's accession to the European Union. Viktorija Soņeca, Editor of journal "Jurista Vārds", presented an overview of claims against a member state in the Court of Justice of the European Union, as well as the mechanism of preliminary rulings. Zanda Dāvida, Chief Lawyer of the Consumer Rights Protection Centre, spoke about the role of the Court of Justice and national courts in the protection of consumer rights, about the obligation of national courts to assess ex officio violations of consumer rights. Vija Kalniņa, Judge at the Court of Economic Affairs, informed about the state liability principle established in European Union law and the role of national courts in the implementation of this principle. Artūrs Kučs, Judge of the Constitutional Court, and Ieva Šnepste, Judge’s Assistant at the Constitutional Court, analyzed the role of the Constitutional Court in the European Union and the competence of the Constitutional Court in the work with European Union law.

Studies are prepared in English and distributed to representatives of the Supreme Court of Ukraine.

This is a grant project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, which is being implemented by the Court Administration in 2022. The cooperation partners of the project are the Supreme Court of Latvia and the Supreme Court of Ukraine. Read more here.

 

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