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75th Plenary Session of the Commission (Venice)

13/06/2008 - 14/06/2008

The Commission adopted a draft joint opinion by the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR on the amendments of 17 March 2008 to the law on conducting meetings in Armenia.

Another important point on the agenda concerned the report on dual voting rights for persons belonging to national minorities, an issue which was referred to the Venice Commission by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.

The Commission also adopted: :
- the draft opinion on the draft amendments to the Constitution of the Republika Srpska;
- the draft opinion on the draft Constitution of Ukraine prepared by a group of experts headed by Mr Shapoval;
- the draft opinion on the Electoral Code of Azerbaijan;
- the draft opinion on the draft Law on the Public Prosecutor’s Service in Moldova.

The “Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly”, prepared by the OSCE/ODIHR Panel of experts on Freedom of Assembly in consultation with the Venice Commission, were also endorsed.

The Commission held an exchange of views with Mr Christian Strohal, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and Mr Knut Vollebaek, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.

In addition, Mr Jan Kubis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, informed the Commission on the Slovak Presidency of the Committee of Ministers.
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