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71st Plenary Session of the Commission (Venice)

01/06/2007 - 02/06/2007


The Council of Europe’s European Commission for Democracy through Law (the “Venice Commission”) met in Venice on 1 and 2 June (Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista). This was its 71st session since it was set up in 1990.

The Commission examined a number of important legal texts from different countries and the adopted several opinions. For example, the Commission adopted a report on the democratic control of security services in Council of Europe member States that was prepared at the request of the Committee of Ministers, but also an opinion on the video surveillance by private operators in the public and private spheres and by public authorities in the private sphere.

The Commission also adopted:
- the draft opinion on the draft Constitution of Montenegro;
- the draft opinion on early elections in Ukraine;
- the draft joint opinion of the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR on the latest amendments to the electoral code of Armenia.
- the opinion on the draft law on the People’s advocate of Kosovo.

The Commission endorsed the draft opinion on the draft Law on the parliamentary opposition in Ukraine, as well as the draft opinion on the law on amendments to certain laws concerning the status of Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and of Local Councils of Ukraine (introducing an “imperative mandate”).

In May 2007, Morocco became a new member State of the Venice Commission.
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