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Ukraine – Inauguration of the Supreme Court

Kyiv – The President of the Venice Commission Mr Gianni Buquicchio represents the Council of Europe at the event entitled “The Role of the Supreme Court in the development of democracy in the country” on the occasion of the commencement of the work of the new Supreme Court of Ukraine.

Request for opinion – PACE - Ukraine

Paris - the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) of the Parliamentary Assembly on 13 December 2017 decided to request the Venice Commission’s opinion on two Ukrainian draft laws:
- “On Introducing Changes to the Tax Code of Ukraine to Ensure Public Transparency of the Financing of Public Associations and the Use of International Technical Assistance” (Law no.6674) and
- “On Introducing Changes to Some Legislative Acts to Ensure Public Transparency of Information on Finance Activity of Public Asso... read more

OAS - Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation

13/12/2017 - 14/12/2017
Washington – Upon the invitation of the Organisation of American States, a delegation of the Venice Commission participated in the 12th Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation.

25 anniversary of SIGMA - Venice Commission President's address to the Ministerial Conference

13/12/2017 - 14/12/2017
Paris - The President of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buqucchio addressed the SIGMA Ministerial conference which took place from 13 to 14 December 2017 in Paris on the importance of the rule of law for citizens and businesses. Mr Thomas Markert, Secretary of the Venice Commission, represented as well the Commission at the Paris meeting.

SIGMA is a project implemented by OECD and co-financed by the European Union and the OECD. The project has worked on public administration reform (PAR) in more than 30 partner countries to help them to establish professional public administrat... read more

Study visit to the Council of Europe from the Kyrgyz Republic

12/12/2017 - 15/12/2017
Strasbourg – A study visit for representatives of Presidential Administration, Parliament, Central Election Commission, State Registration Service, MFA, Committee on Information and Technologies and representatives from NGOs from the Kyrgyz Republic to the Council of Europe will take place on 12-15 December 2017. The participants will be able to follow closely the work of the Venice Commission, the Parliamentary Assembly, judges and lawyers of the EctHR and other bodies and services of the Council of Europe.

During the seminar organised on 14 December the participants will learn ab... read more

The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe – Elections

Venice - Following the proposals made by the Committee of Wise Persons, the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe on 10 December 2017 elected for a term of two years:

• Mr G. Buquicchio (Italy) as President (re-elected);
• Ms H. Kjerulf Thorgeirsdottir (Iceland) as First Vice-President;
• Ms V. Bílková (Czech Republic) and Mr M. Frendo (Malta) as Vice-Presidents;
• Ms C. Bazy-Malaurie (France), Mr J. M. Castella Andreu (Spain), Mr I-W. Kang (Republic of Korea) and Ms T. Khabrieva (Russian Federation), as members of the Bureau;

113th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

08/12/2017 - 09/12/2017
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

List of Constitutional and Legal Principles on Ombudsman Institutions - Meeting of the Working Group

Venice - This is the second meeting of the Working Group following the decision taken at 111th Plenary session of the Venice Commission to draft the List of Constitutional and Legal Principles on Ombudsman Institutions.

Ukraine - Electoral training dedicated to election dispute resolution

28/11/2017 - 29/11/2017
Seminar for national administrative judges on “Election Dispute Resolution: international standards, the ECHR case law and national court practice in Ukraine” will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine on 28 November 2017.

The main aim of the seminar is to discuss problems which national judges face during consideration of election disputes, in particular, considering the latest experience during electoral process related to 29 October local elections in newly amalgamated communities; to conduct a brainstorming on the issues which should be covered by the future permanent training course for... read more

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