Members of the Venice Commission Christoph Grabenvarter, Aivars Endzist and the Deputy Secretary General Simona Granata Menghini represented the commission. The heads of parliamentary factions, members of different political parties, NGOs, lawyers and others represented the Armenian side.
The participants raised the issues that are included in their review of the project, also listed the domestic problems that will arise after the realization of the constitutional amendments. Some of the speakers spoke about specific points, focusing on their shortcomings.
Most of the concerns was that if this variant passes, the power will centralize in the hands of only one party, and some say there is no public demand for constitutional change in Armenia now.
“The issues raised by the political parties or political powers are not related to our primary mission. We are lawyers, our task is to say if the project complies with the European standards or not and to provide the appropriate advice. Political parties see other goals. We have discussed the draft and submitted our observations the Commission of Constitutional Reforms,” - said Christoph Grabenvarter.
Then, during the press conference, members of the Venice Commission summed up the meeting and answered journalists’ questions.
“We met yesterday with the President and representatives of political parties. All meetings show that our work will pass in a rather heated atmosphere, because there are many disagreements. However, our purpose is different from the goals pursued by the political parties,” - added Mr. Grabenvarter.
After the press conference, members of the commission noted that the Venice Commission is going to give its final assessment in October.