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Montenegro: a fully functional Constitutional Court must be put in place without delay, say PACE co-rapporteurs

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for post-monitoring dialogue with Montenegro, Damien Cottier (Switzerland, ALDE) and Nicos Tornaritis (Cyprus, EPP/CD), today made the following statement:

“Montenegro is facing a key moment in its recent political history. We trust all stakeholders to act responsibly and overcome division to find a compromise enabling the election of judges to the Constitutional Court this Monday (12th December).

A fully functional Constitutional Court must be in place without delay in order to break the political deadlock. This institution is vital for the functioning of democracy, especially ahead of next year’s elections.

We are confident that the advisory opinion due from the Venice Commission will clarify the principles necessary for a politically acceptable compromise in line with the rule of law and European standards.”