Preparatory meeting of the Vilnius Forum: discussions of the role of Constitutional Courts in ensuring the supremacy of the law
The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania held a preparatory meeting of the Vilnius Forum on 24-25 October, where delegations from the Constitutional Courts of Lithuania, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine discussed the role of constitutional courts in ensuring the supremacy of the law.
The preparatory meeting of the Vilnius Forum was held in the framework of the project "Assistance to the Constitutional Courts of Georgia, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine in Ensuring the Implementation and Protection of the Principles of the Rule of Law in the Context of Regional Challenges” financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania within the Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme. The purpose of this meeting was to identify the most relevant problems that the courts involved in the project were facing in relation to the ensuring the supremacy of the rule of law, to clarify areas requiring broader discussion and a more in-depth analysis.
During the preparatory meeting the representatives of the Constitutional Courts of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine discussed with the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, the importance of the role played by these courts in the safe-guarding the rule of law based state, implementation of justice sector reforms, strengthening of court systems as well as reviewed the assistance rendered by Lithuania in strengthening constitutional courts and democratic processes.
Issues of ensuring the rule of law were discussed at a meeting with the representatives of the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Lithuania. Representatives of the Constitutional Courts of Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine got acquainted with the activities of the prosecutor's office. The Prosecutor General, Evaldas Pašilys, his deputies and other prosecutors presented the experience in international legal cooperation in criminal cases, international projects in which the representatives of the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Lithuania participated together with their colleagues from Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
The project partners also participated in events dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania: the opening ceremony of the memorial plaques on the facade of the Constitutional Court as well as at the plenary meeting of Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. At this meeting, the President of the Constitutional Court Dainius Žalimas read the report dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Constitution followed by the address by the President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova, Tudor Panţiru.
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