Recent and Current Events
25/10/2017 - 26/10/2017
Warsaw – On 25-26 October, a delegation of the Venice Commission will meet the Polish authorities and other stakeholders in the framework of the preparation of an opinion on the amended Act on the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
The request for opinion came from the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly on 4 May 2017. The draft opinion is on the agenda of the December 2017 plenary session of the Venice Commission.
Tirana – The President of the Venice Commission will participate in the international conference on “Europeanisation of the Constitutional Law and Constitutionalization of the European Law – challenges of the future” at the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Constitutional Court of Albania.
19/10/2017 - 21/10/2017
Yerevan - The Constitutional Court of Armenia and the Conference of Constitutional Control Organs of the Countries of New Democracy (CCCOCND) has organised a conference on "The Role of the Constitutional Courts in Overcoming Constitutional Conflicts". Vice-President Ms Herdis Kjerulf Thorgeirsdottir will represent the Venice Commission on this occasion.
This activity falls in the framework of the Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by ... read more
19/10/2017 - 20/10/2017
Chisinau – Venice Commission organizes a seminar on electoral dispute resolution in cooperation with the Central Electoral Commission Moldova (CEC), Centre for Continuous Electoral Training, and with the National Institute of Justice of Moldova. The 1st day of the seminar is for judges and CEC members (19 October), the 2nd - for CEC staff and lawyers of political parties.
This activity falls in the framework of the Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe ... read more
17/10/2017 - 18/10/2017
Chisinau – A delegation of the Venice Commission will meet with the Moldovan authorities and other stakeholders in the framework of the preparation of the Opinion on party and campaign financing which will be carried out on 17-18 October, jointly with OSCE/ODIHR and with the participation of a GRECO expert.
The request for the opinion came from the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly on 14 September 2017. The draft opinion is on the agenda of the December 2017 plenary session of the Venice Commission.
The preparation of this opinion falls in the framework ... read more
Strasbourg, Council of Europe - I have learned that the President of the Republic of Moldova has made very critical statements casting doubt on the judgments of the Constitutional Court and the impartiality of its judges. I would like to recall that in a democratic state, governed by the rule of law, criticisms of constitutional court decisions are permissible as long as they are respectful.
While freedom of expression is a fundamental value in a democratic state, the holders of public office must show restraint in their criticism. Disrespectful criticism, and in particular threat... read more
On 11 October 2017 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in Resolution 2188 (2017), requested an opinion of the Venice Commission on the compatibility with the Council of Europe's standards on the rule of law of the Polish law of 12 July 2017 on the Ordinary Courts Organisation, as well as of the two draft laws recently submitted to the Sejm by the President of the Republic, on amending the law on the National Council of the Judiciary and on the Supreme Court.
The opinion will be submitted for adoption by the Plenary Session of the Commission in December 2017.
Council of Europe, Strasbourg - The Assembly adopted two reports entitled " “The Rule of Law Checklist" of the Venice Commission" and "New threats against the rule of law in the member states of the Council of Europe - selected examples ". In this context the President of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buquicchio, presented the Rule of Law checklist to the Assembly.
The Parliamentary Assembly, after a debate with the participation of President Gianni Buquicchio, endorsed the Rule of Law checklist and decided to use it systematically in its work, particularly in the preparation of... read more
06/10/2017 - 07/10/2017
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista. The Venice Commission
- Was informed by Ms Arpine Hovhanissyan, Vice-President of the National Assembly of Armenia, on progress in the implementation of the revised Constitution of Armenia;
- Held an exchange of views with Mr Arthur Hovhannisyan, First Deputy Minister of Justice of Armenia, and adopted the opinion on the draft judicial code of Armenia, previously examined by the Sub-Commission on the Judiciary on 5 October 2017;
- Held an exchange of views with Mr Evgeni Stoyanov, Deputy Minister of Justice of... read more