In two interim opinions on draft laws aimed at limiting the excessive economic and political influence in public life, the Council of Europe’s body of constitutional experts, the Venice Commission has called on the Georgian and Moldovan authorities to adopt systemic reforms rather than targeting specific individuals, in order to achieve “de-oligarchisation”.
The Venice Commission supported the goal in both countries of eliminating or at least limiting the influence of oligarchs in political, economic and public life.
The Commission stressed that de-oligarchisation should be ensured through a systemic approach which has a preventative effect and targets numerous fields, such as legislation relating to media, anti-monopoly, political parties, elections, taxation, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering.
These and other published opinions following the plenary session are available here
Georgian draft law on de-oligarchisation: Supporting the goal of limiting excessive influence of oligarchs, Venice Commission calls for systemic reforms
Moldovan draft law on de-oligarchisation: Welcoming constructive attitude of the authorities, the Venice Commission calls for systemic reforms