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European Commission - Event on Democratic Participation and Electoral Matters

26/04/2018 - 26/04/2018
Brussels - The Venice Commission takes part in the Event on Democratic Participation and Electoral Matters, which involves the electoral management bodies of the member countries of the European Union, and intervenes in the fifth thematic session dedicated to "practices in the identification, mitigation and management of risks to the electoral process from cyber-attacks and disinformation".

Turkey – Constitutional Justice

25/04/2018 - 26/04/2018
Ankara – The Venice Commission will participate in the International Conference on “The role of Constitutional Courts in the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms” at the occasion of the 56th anniversary of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey.

Constitutional justice - Union of Arab Constitutional Courts and Councils

23/04/2018
Cairo - The President of the Venice Commission participated in the Symposium of the Union of Arab Constitutional Courts and Councils on “Latest developments in Arab world: experiences of the Arab constitutional judiciary in the field of the right to Equality, religious and cultural freedom”.

Improving the relations between the administration and the citizens – 7th UniDem Med Seminar

23/04/2018 - 26/04/2018
Rabat, Morocco - the Venice Commission is organising in cooperation with the Ministry of the Reform of the Administration and the Civil Service of the Kingdom of Morocco, the 7th UniDem Med Regional Seminar, which will take place in Rabat, Morocco, from 23 to 26 of April 2018. The seminar is entitled "Improving the relations between the administration and the citizens : a democratic imperative" and will bring together senior public officials and experts from Europe and the Southern Mediterranean - Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine* and Tunisia.

Debates int... read more

Electoral issues - 15th Conference of the Electoral Management Bodies

19/04/2018 - 20/04/2018
Oslo - The Venice Commission co-organises the 15th Conference of Electoral Management Bodies in co-operation with the Section for Elections of the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation of Norway. The Conference is dedicated to “Security in Elections”. All details are available on the Conference's dedicated webpage (link below).

25th anniversary of the Kyrgyz Constitution

19/04/2018 - 20/04/2018
Bishkek - The Venice Commission will participate in the International Conference on « Supremacy of the Constitution and its direct force: issues of ensuring the legal protection of the Constitution », organised by the Constitutional Chamber of Kyrgyzstan in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Kyrgyz Constitution.

The Venice Principles on the Protection and Promotion of the Ombudsman Institution

19/04/2018
The process of consultation and exchange with Ombudsman Institutions from all over the world as well as with international stakeholders has started today.

In June 2017, the Commission decided to codify, on the basis of its previous work, a set of constitutional and legal principles specifically devoted to the Ombudsman institution.

A working group composed of four members of the Commission and one expert has met several times in order to draft a text offering guidelines which should prevail in the setting up and proper operational functioning of the Ombudsman Institution... read more

Norway - Meeting with the Election Act Commission

17/04/2018
Oslo – A delegation of the Venice Commission met with representatives of the Election Act Commission. Established by Royal decree, this Commission has as a task to make proposals to the Storting (Norwegian parliament) to enact a new electoral legislation.

Request for opinion – Kosovo

17/04/2018
By letter dated 16 April 2018 the Prime Minister of Kosovo Mr Ramush Haradinaj requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the draft law on amending and supplementing the Law on Financing of Political Entities. The draft opinion is on the agenda of the June 2018 plenary session of the Commission.

European Parliament – Exchange of views

16/04/2018
Strasbourg – The President, the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General of the Venice Commission held an exchange of views on topics of common interest with AFCO, the European Parliament Committee on Constitutional Affairs.

Montenegro - presidential elections - Legal assistance to the PACE observation mission

14/04/2018 - 16/04/2018
Podgorica - A delegation of the Venice Commission accompanies the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) election observation delegation to advise on the legal framework of the presidential elections of 15 April 2018 in Montenegro. The PACE delegation together with observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is to observe the opening, voting and counting processes of the presidential elections.

Request for opinion – Republic of Serbia

13/04/2018
Minister of Justice of Serbia Ms Nela Kuburović requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the draft constitutional amendments in the field of the judiciary.

Slovakia - Constitutional Justice

11/04/2018
Košice - The Constitutional Court of Slovakia will organise an international conference on "Constitutional Justice - Challenges and Perspectives" at the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

Azerbaijan - presidential elections - Legal assistance to the PACE observation mission

10/04/2018 - 12/04/2018
Baku - A delegation of the Venice Commission accompanies the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) election observation delegation to advise on the legal framework of the anticipated presidential elections of 11 April 2018 in Azerbaijan. The PACE delegation together with observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is to observe the opening, voting and counting processes of the presidential elections.

Preventing and fighting against the misuse of administrative resources during élections - Regional Conference

10/04/2018 - 11/04/2018
Tirana – The Venice Commission and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in co-operation with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe organise a regional Conference on “The misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes: a major challenge for democratic elections”.

Request for opinion - Malta

09/04/2018
On 8 March 2018 Ms Helena Dalli, the Minister for European Affairs and Equality of Malta requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the draft equality act and on the draft act on Human Rights and Equality Commission. A visit of the rapporteurs of the Venice Commission to Malta is planned for 2-4 May 2018.

Request for Opinion - PACE - Hungary

09/04/2018
The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 22 March 2018 requested an opinion of the Venice Commission on the compatibility of the “Stop Soros” draft legislative package with international human rights standards. The draft legislative package includes Bill T/1976 on the licencing of organisations supporting migration, Bill T/19775 on the immigration financing duty and Bill T/19774 on the immigration restraint order.

The Opinion which will be prepared in cooperation with the OSCE/ODIHR will be submitted to the Commissio... read more

Assistance to the to the Kyrgyz Republic in the electoral field - Study visit on data protection

05/04/2018 - 06/04/2018
Valetta, Malta - Representatives of the State Registration Service (SRS), State Security Council as well as of the civil society of the Kyrgyz Republic participated in a study visit organised in Malta by the Venice Commission and the Maltese authorities.

The participants of the study visit got an insight into the Maltese experience in developing the data protection system; they visited the Electoral office of Malta. They were also informed about the setting up and functioning of the Digital Malta Strategy. They also had an opportunity to visit the Data Centre and to receive detail... read more

Ukraine - Round table on the reform of the electoral legislation

04/04/2018 - 05/04/2018
Kiev – In the framework of the “Electoral systems week” and in co-operation with IFES, USAID and other international partners the Venice Commission co-organises a round table on the electoral reforms process in Ukraine. This event will bring together representatives of the Ukrainian authorities, MPs, NGOs, national and international experts who will discuss the current initiatives aimed at reforming the electoral legislation in Ukraine.

Assistance to the Kyrgyz Republic in the electoral field - Seminar on cybersecurity

03/04/2018
Council of Europe, Strasbourg - In the framework of the project “Support to Strengthening Democracy through Electoral Reform in the Kyrgyz Republic” a working seminar on cybersecurity was held for representatives from the Kyrgyz Republic on 3 April 2018.

Representatives of the State Registration Service (SRS), State Security Council as well as the Civil Society of the Kyrgyz Republic learnt the founding principles of the Budapest Convention, as well as implications of cybersecurity during the electoral processes.

The project “Support to Strengthening Democracy through E... read more

34th Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

28/03/2018
Strasbourg – Deputy Secretary of the Venice Commission Ms Simona Granata-Menghini participated in the debate on “Regional referendum, a tool for democracy: challenges and risks” at the Chamber of Regions of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. She presented the Venice Commission’s Code of Good practice in referendums.

Italy makes voluntary contribution

20/03/2018
The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs has informed the Venice Commission of the Italian government’s decision to make a voluntary contribution of 30,000 euros to the Commission’s budget, in addition to its statutory one.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice

17/03/2018
Venice - At its 13th meeting, the Bureau of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice examined, inter alia, the financial report prepared by the Secretariat and discussed the topic for the 5th Congress of the World Conference (hosted by the Constitutional Council of Algeria in 2020), the organisation of a training session on CODICES and the Venice Forum for liaison officers in February 2019, the support for Member Courts that come under undue pressure and the activities of the regional and linguistic groups represented in the Bureau.

Statutory contribution of the Regione Veneto to the Venice Commission’s budget

17/03/2018
The Italian Regione Veneto, pursuant to its statutory commitment, has renewed in 2018 its financial support to the Venice Commission.

114th Plenary session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

16/03/2018 - 17/03/2018
At its 114th plenary session which took place on 16-17 March 2018 in Venice (Italy), the Commission:

• Paid tribute to late Mr Boguslaw Banaszak, member in respect of Poland;

• Was informed of the difficult financial situation following the reduction of the Commission’s budget, thanked Italy for its recent voluntary contribution in addition to its statutory one, and encouraged all member states to also consider making additional contributions to the Commission’s budget;

• Adopted the Opinions on:
- the draft law of Armenia on making amendments to the Law ... read more

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