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The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – forthcoming opinion - a visit of the delegation of the Venice Commission

08/02/2016 - 09/02/2016
Skopje - Following a request submitted in December 2015 by the Macedonian authorities, a group of rapporteurs of the Venice Commission will visit Skopje on 8 and 9 February 2015 to meet the local stakeholders and to discuss with them the two laws adopted in 2015 – the Law on the protection of privacy and the law on the protection of whistleblowers.

The opinion will be then drafted and submitted for adoption at the March 2016 plenary session of the Venice Commission.

Poland – forthcoming opinion – visit to the country

08/02/2016 - 09/02/2016
Warsaw – a delegation of the Venice Commission visits Poland to discuss with the authorities the amendments to the Act on the Constitutional Tribunal adopted on 22 December 2015. The visit takes place in the framework of the preparation of an opinion requested by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on 23 December 2015.

The delegation meets the Administration of the President of Poland, the Ministry of Justice, the Constitutional Tribunal, the Supreme Court and Parliament, the National Council of the Judiciary and the Ombudsman.

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Ukraine - Electoral System Week

02/02/2016 - 04/02/2016
Kyiv - The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe co-organise several events entitled the “Electoral System Week”. The week aims to facilitate an exchange of ideas among experts, academics, politicians and other stakeholders on electoral system design for future legislative and local elections in Ukraine. Members of the Ukrainian parliament, the leading experts in the election system design, representatives of CEC and civil society have been invited to participate in the three events that will take place at the President hotel ... read more

Request for opinion – Poland

The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly requested the opinion of the Venice Commission on the Polish draft law amending the Law on Police and several other laws”.

Request for opinion – PACE - France

Strasbourg - The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe requested the Venice Commission to give its opinion on the compatibility of the draft revision of the French Constitution aimed at incorporating rules on a state of emergency and on the deprivation of nationality - with the Council of Europe standards.

Ukraine – Meeting on "De-communisation" with the Ukrainian authorities

Council of Europe, Strasbourg - a delegation from Ukraine met with Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR experts in Strasbourg to discuss the Law on the condemnation of the Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) regimes and prohibition of their symbols and possible amendments to this Law, following the interim opinion adopted by the Venice Commission in December 2015. A final opinion will be prepared on the amendments and discussed at one of the next plenary sessions of the Venice Commission

Albania – a delegation of the Venice Commission visits Tirana

21/01/2016 - 22/01/2016
Tirana - On 21 and 22 January 2016 a delegation of the Venice Commission will visit Tirana in order to discuss the revised draft of the constitutional amendments concerning the judiciary. These revised draft was prepared within the Parliament on the basis of recommendations made in the interim opinion of the Venice Commission adopted in December 2015. The final opinion on the revised draft will be prepared in February and submitted to the March 2016 Plenary Session.

Request for opinion - Armenia

The Minister of Justice of Armenia requested a joint opinion of the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR on the new draft electoral Code.

Request for opinion - Georgia

The Georgian authorities requested Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the amendments to the Election Code of Georgia.

Turkey - visit - forthcoming opinion

13/01/2016 - 14/01/2016
Ankara – A delegation of the Venice Commission visits Ankara in the framework of the preparation of an Opinion on Articles 216, 299, 301 and 314 of the Turkish Penal Code.

Request for opinion - Poland

Strasbourg, Warsaw - Following the request for an opinion on two draft laws on amending the Act on the Constitutional Court of 25 June 2015, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Mr Witold Waszczykowski transmitted to the Venice Commission the Act adopted on 22 December, which was published on 28 December 2015 (Journal of Laws 2015, item 2217).

Request for opinion – Poland

Strasbourg, Warsaw - Today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Mr Witold Waszczykowski, on behalf of the Polish government, requested the Venice Commission’s opinion on “ the constitutional issues addressed in the two proposals for the legislation amending the Act on the Constitutional Court of 25 June 2015. Both instruments were introduced into the agenda by the Polish Parliament by two groups of MPs, respectively on 2 and 15 December 2015 (Parliamentary Text Nos. 129 and 122)".

Elections at the Venice Commission

Strasbourg – During its 105th plenary session, which took place on 18-19 December in Venice, the Venice Commission held biennial elections of its governing structures: Presidency, Bureau and Chairs of Sub-Commissions and Councils.

The incumbent President of the Commission Mr Gianni BUQUICCHIO of Italy was re-elected to lead the Commission for another two years. Ms Hanna SUCHOCKA of Poland was elected 1st Vice President of the Commission, Mr Christoph GRABENWARTER of Austria and Ms Herdis Kjerulf THORGEIRSDOTTIR of Iceland were elected Vice-Presidents of the Venice Commission.
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