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Seminars, training workshops and assistance missions

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  • Seminairs
  • Training workshops
  • European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs)
  • Electoral expert scientific debates
  • Electoral assistance missions
  • Partnership for Good Governance

Seminars

The Venice Commission regularly organises thematic seminars in the electoral field. These seminars aim at  disseminating the principles and recommendations of the Europe’s Electoral Heritage, which are mainly based on the Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters, the reference document of the Venice Commission in the electoral field.

 

Here are a few examples: 

  • Seminar on Europe’s Electoral Heritage: ten years of the Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters (Tirana, 2-3 July 2012) 

In the framework of the Albanian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, in co-operation with the National Assembly and the Central Election Commission of Albania the Commission organised a Conference at the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters.

 

Around 50 participants took part in this event. Ten years after the adoption by the Venice Commission of the Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters, the Council of Europe’s reference document in this field, the Conference focused on its implementation. For this purpose, three specific themes were dealt with: election administration; case-study on the representativeness of elected bodies; and the Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters in the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights.

 

  •  Seminar on the use of administrative resources during electoral processes (Tbilisi, 17-18 May 2013) 

The Venice Commission organised the fourth Eastern Partnership Facility Seminar in co-operation with the Central Election Commission of Georgia.


Representatives from the central election commissions of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova took part in this Seminar. The seminar dealt with the issue of the misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes, based on the preliminary Report on the use of administrative resources during electoral campaigns (adopted in December 2013).
 

The Venice Commission also co-organised conferences with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe:

  • International Parliamentary Conference on the implementation of the right to free elections (Paris, 4-5 June 2015)

The challenge of the implementation of electoral legislation and the respect of Council of Europe standards were central issues of the conference. This event was the first parliamentary conference of this type in the field of elections. Elected representatives of six countries, beneficiaries of the Eastern Partnership and members of the parliamentary assemblies of other member States of the Council of Europe met representatives of electoral administration bodies, non-governmental organisations involved in election observation as well as experts of the Venice Commission, of other institutions of the Council of Europe and representatives of other international organisations.
 

The topics of the five training sessions were the following:

  • the standards of the Council of Europe in the field of elections ;
  • how to improve the legal framework and to overcome the difficulties with their implementation by the national authorities;
  • electoral campaign: use and abuse of administrative resources, looking for legal solutions and practices;
  • incoherencies in the electoral lists and the difficulties linked to citizens voting from abroad, looking for legal solutions and practices;
  • the functioning of the electoral administrations and the challenge of neutrality and impartiality, looking for legal solutions and practices.

 

  • Parliamentary conference on media freedom as a cornerstone for democratic elections (Berlin, 4 July 2016)

During this conference, the delegation of the Venice Commission intervened on the questions on legal provisions on medias in the context of elections, on the ethic of medias and on transparency concerning the interests of political parties and on the role of parliaments in media freedom in the context of elections. The conference was hosted by the German federal parliament.

 

Training workshops

The Venice Commission holds training workshops on the organisation of elections which are addressed to people in charge of implementing electoral legislation. These workshops aim at ensuring the practical implementation of the principles of Europe’s Electoral Heritage. So far such workshops have taken place in the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" and Ukraine.


The Venice Commission holds training workshops in the field of electoral disputes. From 2015 to 2017, such training workshops took place, for instance, in Armenia, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.

 

The European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies

The European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies (“the EMB Conference”) is a key annual event in the electoral field organised jointly by the Venice Commission and the electoral management body of the hosting country. This event takes place in the capital of a different country each year. The EMB Conference aims at strengthening the network among the electoral management bodies in Europe and beyond. The EMB Conference also aims at debating and promoting the principles of Europe’s Electoral Heritage.

 

For this purpose, the annual EMB Conference gathers more than 100 representatives of electoral management bodies and international institutions acting in the electoral field, from Europe and beyond. The EMB Conference consists of working and plenary sessions, where participants can present their experience in electoral processes and debate potential improvements of the electoral processes held in their respective countries.

 

Here are the topics dealt over the recent  years: 

15-16/05/2017

14th

St-Petersburg

Operational electoral management bodies for democratic elections

(dedicated webpage; reports of the Conference)

14-15/04/2016

13th

Bucharest

New technologies in elections: Public trust and challenges for electoral management bodies

(dedicated webpage; reports of the Conference)

30-31/03/2015

12th

Brussels

Ensuring neutrality, impartiality and transparency in elections: the role of electoral management bodies

(dedicated webpage; reports of the Conference)

26-27/06/2014

11th

Helsinki

Combatting the misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes

(dedicated webpage; reports of the Conference)

26-27/06/2013

10th

Chișinău

The Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters: strengths and potential developments

(programme; synopsis)

04-05/062012

9th

Tallinn

Innovative solutions for elections

(programme; synopsis)

12-13/05/2011

8th

Vienna

Elections in a changing world

(programme; synopsis)

22-23/06/2010

7th

London

Putting the voter first at elections

(programme; synopsis)

 

Special focus : the 14th European Conference of EMBs:
“Operational electoral management bodies for democratic elections”