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Republic of Moldova - Conference with the Constitutional Court

02/03/2017 - 03/03/2017
Chisinau - Conference in co-operation with the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova on “Evolution of constitutional control in Europe: lessons learned and challenges”. This conference will be co-financed in the Council of Europe/European Union Programmatic Cooperation Framework (PCF).

Georgia - 7th Annual Meeting of Election Management Bodies

27/02/2017 - 28/02/2017
Borjomi - The Commission participates in the 7th Annual Meeting of Election Management Bodies. The topic of the meeting this is year is on the “Innovative services and effective electoral operations”. The event is co-organised by the Central Election Commission of Georgia and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in co-operation and with financial support of the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS).

Turkey – forthcoming opinion – country visit

20/02/2017 - 21/02/2017
Ankara – a delegation of the Venice Commission will exchange views with Turkish authorities, on the recent constitutional amendments. This visit takes place in the framework of the preparation of an opinion on the amendments, requested by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.. The draft opinion will be discussed by the Venice Commission in plenary in March 2017.

Tunisia - independence of electoral administrations – Arab EMBs workshop and 2nd General Assembly

07/02/2017 - 09/02/2017
Tunis - The Venice Commission in co-operation with the United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Electoral Support Project and the Independent High Electoral Commission of Tunisia assist the Organisation of electoral management bodies of Arab countries in organising its Second General Assembly and a workshop on the independence of electoral administrations (EMBs). The workshop will give an opportunity to the EMBs from the Arab States to share knowledge and raise awareness about the principle of EMB independence, bring together international experience and comparative models from around ... read more

Russia - Sixth All-Russian Moot Court Contest “Crystal Themis” on Constitutional Justice

04/02/2017
Moscow - The oral finals of the Sixth All-Russian Moot Court Contest “Crystal Themis” on Constitutional Justice for law student teams are held in Moscow
The Contest is organised by the Institute for Law and Public Policy in partnership with the Venice Commission.
The case touches current issues on the protection of economic and environmental constitutional rights, respect for the balance of interests and the state support of small and medium-sized businesses.
Based on the evaluation of written documents prepared by the participants, 8 teams were chosen to meet in the quarter-f... read more

Slovakia - forthcoming opinion – visit to the country

31/01/2017
Bratislava - In the framework of the preparation of an opinion of the Venice Commission on the situation of appointment of judges to the Constitutional Court of Slovakia, a delegation of the Commission held a series of meetings with the relevant authorities and other stakeholders.

The draft opinion will be discussed by the Commission in plenary in March 2017.

PACE Session – Rule of Law Checklist - exchange of views with the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights

26/01/2017
PACE session, Strasbourg – The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe invited the Venice Commission to participate in an exchange of views on the Commission’s Rule of Law Checklist.
Two rapporteurs on the issue, Mr Tuori and Ms Cleveland, represent the Commission at this occasion.

PACE - Minimal standards for electoral systems as a basis for free and fair elections – forthcoming report by the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy

26/01/2017
PACE session, Strasbourg - President Buquicchio presented the relevant reference texts of the Venice Commission in the field of electoral systems at the hearing by the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly on the issues to be addressed in the Committee’s forthcoming report on “Setting minimal standards for electoral systems in order to offer the basis for free and fair elections”.

UniDem for the Southern Mediterranean: 2nd National Coordinators Meeting

25/01/2017
Paris - The second meeting of the focal points of the seven partners participating in the UniDem Seminars for the Southern Mediterranean (Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Mauritania, Palestinian National Authority and Tunisia) will be held 25 January 2017 in the Council of Europe Office in Paris.
Participants will discuss their respective national priorities and will determine the topics, dates and venues of upcoming UniDem Med seminars in 2017.
Established for the Southern Mediterranean in September 2015, UniDem Med seminars aim to the exchange of best democratic practices among ... read more

Request for opinion – Congress – electoral questions

25/01/2017
The Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe requested the Venice Commission’s opinion on the Congress’s “Checklist for compliance with international standards and best practices preventing misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes at local and regional level”. This text aims to complement the “Guidelines for preventing misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes” prepared jointly by the OSCE/ODIHR and the Venice Commission in 2016.

Romania - President's visit to the Council of Europe

24/01/2017
Strasbourg - The President Gianni Buquicchio of the Venice Commission meets the President of Romania, who visits the Council of Europe, to exchange views on the cooperation between Romania and the Venice Commission.

"The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" - Technical assistance to the State Election Commission

23/01/2017 - 26/01/2017
Skopje - At the request of the State Election Commission of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", a delegation of the Venice Commission will undertake a fact-finding mission with a view to defining the modalities of a long term technical assistance. The delegation will meet with national and international stakeholders and will join the State Election Commission in its retreat.

Georgia – visit by the President and the Secretary of the Venice Commission

20/01/2017
Tbilisi - In the framework of the preparation of the constitutional reform of Georgia, President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio and Secretary of the Commission Thomas Markert visit Georgia to exchange views with the President, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia.

Poland - statement by the President of the Venice Commission

16/01/2017
I am worried about the worsening situation within the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland. Following the attempts to influence the work of the Tribunal by means of legislative amendments, which were criticised by the Venice Commission, practical steps are now taken with the apparent aim to ensure that the Tribunal act in accordance with the will of the current political majority:

• The new President of the Tribunal was elected on the basis of a questionable procedure;

• The new President delegated her powers to another judge who was elected on a legal basis that had been f... read more

WCCJ - World Conference on Constitutional Justice – 104th member

15/01/2017
The Constitutional Council of Djibouti joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 104 members.

Slovakia – request for opinion

04/01/2017
The President of the Slovak Republic requested the Venice Commission’s opinion on questions related to the appointment of judges to the Constitutional Court.

Request for opinion – PACE/Turkey

19/12/2016
Paris - During its meeting in Paris on 14 December 2016, the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe decided to request an opinion of the Venice Commission on the draft law on the amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey.

109th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

09/12/2016 - 10/12/2016
The Commission

- Paid tribute to the late Mr Boualem Bessaïh, member of the Venice Commission in respect of Algeria;

- Elected Ms Jasna Omejec as Co-Chair of the Joint Council on Constitutional Justice and Chair of the Sub-Commission on Constitutional Justice, following the non-renewal of the term of office of Mr Tanchev;

- Noted on the proposal of the Bureau that the substitute member of the Kyrgyz Republic is no longer able or qualified to exercise his function as substitute member of the Venice Commission;

- Adopted the amicus curiae brief for t... read more

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