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Request for opinion – PACE – Romania

15/01/2018
Paris – the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 12 December 2017 decided to request the Venice Commission’s opinion on compatibility of the Romanian draft legislation on NGOs (draft law 140/2017 amending Decree 26/2000 on Associations and Foundations) with international standards on human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Second Scientific Electoral Experts Debates: „Equal Suffrage” - Call for papers - Electoral Expert Review - Deadline for submitting proposals 25th of March 2018.

12/01/2018
Sinaia, Romania - The Electoral Expert Review, published by the Permanent Electoral Authority (PEA), invites stakeholders and those interested to contribute in publishing scientific articles that have not been or are not published in other journals, reviews or scientific symposium volumes, related to the theme of the Second Scientific Electoral Experts Debates: “Equal Suffrage”, co-organised by the PEA and the Venice Commission, which will take place on 3-4 May 2018 in Sinaia.

Deadline for submitting the proposal for articles in English, French or Romanian is 25 March 2018.

Serbia - Assistance to the Ministry of Justice for the constitutional amendments in the field of the judiciary

10/01/2018 - 11/01/2018
Belgrade - A delegation of the Venice Commission is meeting on 10 and 11 January with the Minister of Justice, the Republic Public Prosecutor, representatives of the Ministry of European Integration and the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society as well as the academic community with a view to discussing the upcoming constitutional changes. This is the second visit to the Republic of Serbia to provide recommendations to the Ministry of Justice with respect to drafting the relevant constitutional amendments in the field of the judiciary.

This activity is taking place in the fram... read more

Requests for opinions - Republic of Moldova

10/01/2018
Mr Nicolae Eșanu, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova, has requested two opinions of the Venice Commission: one on a draft law amending Article 42 of the Constitution, concerning the freedom of association, and another on the Draft Law on the modification and completion of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova concerning the organisation of the judiciary. The two opinions will be submitted for adoption at the 114th Plenary meeting of the Commission in March 2018.

Obituary – Mr Bogusław Banaszak, member of the Venice Commission in respect of Poland

09/01/2018
Warsaw - The Venice Commission is saddened by the sudden death of its Polish member, Professor Bogusław Banaszak.
He was a widely recognised expert in constitutional law and a valuable member of the Venice Commission.
At its next plenary session, the Venice Commission will hold a minute of silence in his memory.

Role of administrative courts in electoral disputes – international conference

08/01/2018 - 09/01/2018
Cairo – The Venice Commission participates in an international conference on the “Role of administrative courts in electoral disputes”, organised by the Arab Union of Administrative Justice.
Experts from Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Lebanon, Mauritania, Sudan, Bahrain and France address the issue of electoral disputes before the administrative judges from the courts members of the Union.

Request for opinion – “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

08/01/2018
The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" requested the Venice Commission’s opinion on the draft law on prevention and protection against discrimination.
The draft opinion will be on the agenda of March 2018 session of the Commission.

Ukraine – Inauguration of the Supreme Court

15/12/2017
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

15/12/2017
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

Republic of Moldova - Financing of political parties: Lessons learned in the Eastern Partnership

15/12/2017
Chisinau – a member of the Venice Commission participated in the conference “Financing of political parties in Moldova: Lessons learned in the Eastern Partnership” on 15 December 2017 and presented the recent Joint Opinion of the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR on the legal framework governing the funding of political parties and electoral campaigns, adopted by the Venice Commission at its December 2017 Plenary Session.

This activity falls in the framework of the Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, fund... 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 by a delegation 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 took place on 12-15 December 2017. The participants were 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 learnt about European... read more

The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe – Elections

10/12/2017
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

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