Recent and Current Events

Kazakhstan – stability, peace and social cohesion through constitution – international conference

29/08/2014 - 30/08/2014
Astana - A delegation of the Venice Commission participates in an international conference organized by the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan on “Constitution: stability, peace and social cohesion”.

Serbia – forthcoming opinions – visit to the country

28/08/2014 - 29/08/2014
Belgrade – following the requests for the Venice Commission’s opinion on the draft amendments and additions to the Law on the High Judicial Council and on the Law on the State Prosecutorial Council of the Republic of Serbia, a delegation of the Commission plans to meet with the authorities in order to discuss the draft amendments.

"The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” - request for opinion

05/08/2014
The Minister of Justice of "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on 7 amendments to the Constitution concerning, in particular, the Judicial Council, the competence of the Constitutional Court, and the State Audit Office.

Permanent Council of the OSCE

24/07/2014
OSCE, Vienna – The President of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buquicchio, addressed the Permanent Council of the Ogranisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and had an exchange of views with permanent representatives of participating States.

Ukraine - Constitutional amendments

07/07/2014 - 07/07/2014
The President of Ukraine, Mr Peter Poroshenko, requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine he had submitted to the Verkhovna Rada on 2 July. At its 99th Plenary Session the Venice Commission had, due to the urgency of the matter, authorised the rapporteurs to provide a preliminary opinion without waiting for its adoption by the plenary Commission.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice - Colombia

05/07/2014
The Constitutional Court of Colombia joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 90 members.

Georgia - Right to Privacy

04/07/2014 - 06/07/2014
Batumi - The Venice Commission participated in the 4th Black Sea Regional Conference on "Emerging Challenges to the Right to Privacy", organised by the Constitutional Court of Georgia with the support of the German Co-operation/GIZ.

OSCE/ODIHR - Political Party Expert Seminar

01/07/2014 - 02/07/2014
Warsaw – a Venice Commission expert participated in the 2014 Political Party Expert Seminar organised by the OSCE/ODIHR and moderated the discussions on the “Separation between the state and political parties”.

Georgia – forthcoming opinion – draft legislation on judiciary

30/06/2014
Tbilisi - A delegation of the Venice Commission is in Tbilisi following a request for an opinion from the Georgian authorities on several bills to amend the legislation on the judicial system. In this context, the delegation holds discussions with representatives of the Parliament, the Ministry of Justice, the High Council of Justice and the Supreme Court, as well as with professional associations and civil society.

Belarus – Constitutional justice

27/06/2014 - 28/06/2014
Minsk - Participation of Venice Commission representatives in the Conference on “Constitutional review: Modern Tendencies of Development and Improvement”, organised by the Constitutional Court of Belarus

Administration of elections - Misuse of administrative resources – International conference

26/06/2014 - 27/06/2014
Helsinki - The Venice Commission is organising in co-operation with the Ministry of Justice, the Parliament and the National Audit Office of Finland the 11th European Electoral Management Bodies Conference. This major electoral event will take place in Helsinki, Finland, on 26-27 June 2014. The core topic of the Conference is: “Combating the misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes”. Discussions will take place in a series of three plenary sessions and nine thematic working groups.

More than 90 participants, representatives of 26 countries and 5 international i... read more

Constitutional Justice - Joint Council

26/06/2014 - 27/06/2014
Upon invitation by the Constitutional Court of Georgia, the Venice Commission's Joint Council on Constitutional Justice held its 13th meeting in Batumi, which was opened and chaired by the President of the Constitutional Court of Georgia.
The Joint Council:
• elected Ms Kovacs (Constitutional Court of Hungary) as its co-president in respect of the liaison officers;
• held exchanges of views with representatives of the regional and linguistic groups co-operating with the Venice Commission and was informed about this co-operation;
• was informed about the progress of the pr... read more

Serbia – request for opinion

26/06/2014
The Minister of Justice of the Republic of Serbia requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the draft amendments and additions to the Law on the High Judicial Council and to the Law on the State Prosecutorial Council.

Tunisia – electoral complaints and appeals - Round table and workshop for administrative court judges

24/06/2014 - 26/06/2014
Tunis – A group of Venice Commission experts participates in a round table on electoral complaints and appeals process in Tunisia followed by a workshop for judges of administrative courts on complaints and appeals. These meetings are organised by IFES in co-operation with the Administrative Court and the Ministry of Justice of Tunisia with the support from the EU electoral assistance team, the Venice Commission and the Swiss Embassy in Tunisia.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice - Cameroun / Burundi

19/06/2014
Strasbourg - The Supreme Court of Cameroun and the Constitutional Court of Burundi joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 89 members.

Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe – Annual report of activities of the Venice Commission in 2013

18/06/2014
Council of Europe, Strasbourg – The president of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buquicchio, presented the Commission’s Annual Report of Activities for 2013. The presentation was followed by an exchange of views with the Ministers Deputies.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice - Comoros

14/06/2014
Strasbourg - The Constitutional Court of the Union of the Comoros joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 87 members.

99th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission (Venice)

13/06/2014 - 14/06/2014
Venice - The Commission

- Paid tribute to the late Jean-Claude Colliard, member of the Venice Commission in respect of France;

- Held an exchange of views with Mr Idlir Peçi, Deputy Minister of Justice of Albania and adopted the opinion on the draft amendments to the Civil and Criminal Procedure Codes of Albania;

- Held an exchange of views with Mr Vrezh Gasparyan, Chief Adviser to the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, and adopted the opinion on the draft law on Making Amendments and Supplements to the Judicial Code of the Republic... read more

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