Recent and Current Events
Venice - At its 13th meeting, the Bureau of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice inter alia examined the financial report by the Seretariat and discussed the topic of the 5th Congress to be hosted by the Constitutional Council of Algeria in 2020, the organisation of training for liaison officers on CODICES and the Venice Forum in February 2019, support for Member Courts under pressure and the activities of the regional and linguistic groups represented in the Bureau.
16/03/2018 - 17/03/2018
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista - The Commission
- Paid tribute to late Mr Boguslaw Banaszak, member in respect of Poland;
- Was informed of the difficult financial situation following the reduction of the Commission’s budget, thanked Italy for its recent voluntary contribution in addition to its statutory one, and encouraged all member states to also consider making additional contributions to the Commission’s budget;
- Was informed on follow up to the:
• Opinion on questions related to the appointment of Judges of the Constitutio... read more
Constitutional and Legal Principles on Ombudsman Institutions - Meeting of the Working Group
Venice - This is the 3rd meeting of the Working Group following the decision taken at 111th Plenary session of the Venice Commission to draft a List of Constitutional and Legal Principles on Ombudsman Institutions.
Interparliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States - Cooperation Agreement with the Venice Commission
St-Petersburg/Strasbourg - the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and the Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States, have signed a cooperation agreement. The common concern for the respect of pluralistic democracy, rule of law and human rights and in order to promote dialogue are the basis for the agreement.
22/02/2018 - 23/02/2018
Warsaw - The Venice Commission is participating in a workshop organised by the OSCE / ODIHR Panel as part of the revision of the Joint Guidelines on the freedom of peaceful assembly.
Armenia – forthcoming opinion – country visit
06/02/2018 - 07/02/2018
Yerevan - A delegation of the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR visits Armenia to exchange views with the Armenian authorities and representatives of the civil society in the framework of the preparation of the joint OSCE/ODIHR opinion on the draft law on freedom of religion.
The draft opinion is on the agenda of the March 2018 plenary session.
Paris - The third meeting of the focal points of the seven partners participating in the UniDem Seminars for the Southern Mediterranean (Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Mauritania, Palestine* and Tunisia) will be held 5th February 2018 in the Council of Europe Office in Paris.
The participants will discuss the challenges and the perspectives as regards the modernisation of the public administration, take stock of achievements of 2017 UniDem Med seminars and determine the topics, dates and venues of upcoming 2018 UniDem Med seminars. UniDem seminars were established for the Southern Me... read more
Romania – forthcoming opinion – country visit
05/02/2018 - 06/02/2018
Bucharest - A delegation of the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR visits Romania to exchange views with the Romanian authorities and the representatives of the civil society in the framework of the preparation of the joint OSCE/ODIHR opinion on the draft law on NGOs (amending the Government Ordinance 26/2000 on associations and foundations).
The draft opinion, requested by the PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Fundamental Rights, is on the agenda of the March 2018 plenary session.
05/02/2018 - 06/02/2018
Chisinau – A delegation of the Venice Commission visited the Republic of Moldova and met with the Ministry of Justice, the Superior Council of Magistracy, Parliament (majority and opposition), the Judge’s Association and the Supreme Court of Justice, as well as with representatives of the international organisations and civil society. This visit was made in preparation of the opinion on the Law on amending and supplementing the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova requested by the Ministry of Justice.
The adoption of the draft opinion is on the agenda of the March plenary sessi... read more