The Union of Arab Constitutional Courts and Councils will hold a Symposium on “Latest development in Arab world: experiences of the Arab constitutional judiciary in the field of the right to Equality, religious and cultural freedom”.
113d Plenary Session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe
08/12/2017 - 09/12/2017
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista
112nd Plenary Session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe
06/10/2017 - 07/10/2017
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista
11/09/2017 - 14/09/2017
Vilnius - 4th Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice on "the Rule of Law and Constitutional Justice in the Modern World".
28/06/2017 - 01/07/2017
Batumi - The Conference of European Constitutional Courts will hold its XVIIth Congress on the topic "Role of Constitutional Courts in upholding and applying Constitutional Principles".
111th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe
16/06/2017 - 17/06/2017
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista
Constitutional Justice - Joint Council
18/05/2017 - 19/05/2017
Karlsruhe - The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany will host the 16th meeting of the Joint Council on Constitutional Justice of the Venice Commission.
Belarus - Conference with the Constitutional Court
Minsk - Conference in cooperation with the Constitutional Court on "The Role of Constitutional review bodies in ensuring the rule of law in rule-making and law-enforcement". This Conference is financed by the Council of Europe / European Union programme : “Programmatic Cooperation Framework in the Eastern Partnership Countries” .
23/04/2017 - 26/04/2017
Cape Town - The Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa will hold its IVth Congress on the topic of "Strengthening of the Independence of the Judiciary and the Respect for the Rule of Law".
06/04/2017 - 07/04/2017
Bucharest - the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Mr Th. Jagland in his 2016 report on the “State of democracy, human rights and the rule of law: a security imperative for Europe”, recommended that Council of Europe guidelines concerning the role and the responsibility of the political majority and its interaction with the opposition be developed. In this context, the Venice Commission was invited to update its study of 2010 on the role of the opposition in a democratic parliament (CDL-AD(2010)025). The angle of the new study will be the interaction between the majority and oppositi... read more
USA – working meetings with the OAS and US administration
22/03/2017 - 23/03/2017
Washington – The President of the Venice Commission G. Buquicchio is invited to address the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS). In addition, Mr Buquicchio and Mr T. Markert, the Secretary of the Commission, will hold bilateral meetings at the US Department of State.
Venice, Italy - The Bureau of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice held its 11th meeting in Venice, Italy, where it discussed the preparation of its 4th Congress on "the Rule of Law and Constitutional Justice in the Modern World" which will be held in in Vilnius, on 11-14 September 2017.
The World Conference unites 105 Constitutional Courts and Councils and Supreme Courts in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia/Oceania and Europe. According to its Statute, the World Conference does not have a "President". It has three bodies, the General Assembly, the Bureau and the Sec... read more
Mr Andrian Candu, Chairman of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, has requested the opinion of the Venice Commission on a draft revision of the electoral legislation replacing the proportional system for the election of Parliament by a plurality system in one-member constituencies.
This activity of the Venice Commission will be covered by the Programmatic Cooperation Framework for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, which is funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.
"The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" - long-term assistance to the State Election Commission
15/03/2017 - 15/06/2017
Skopje - An expert from the Venice Commission assists the State Election Commission of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" by means of providing legal and technical advice. This long term assistance mission was put in place with a view to the municipal elections scheduled for May 2017.
This activity is part of the "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey", a Joint Programme funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.
The Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Mr A. Parubiy requested the Commission’s opinion on the draft law of Ukraine "On amendment to the Rules of Parliamentary Procedure of Ukraine" (Reg. No. 5522 of 10 February 2017).
Venice – The 110th plenary of the Venice Commission has just adopted its Opinion on the constitutional amendments submitted to a national referendum on 16 April 2017. This opinion had been requested by the Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly.
First of all, the Commission warns against a “personal regime” in Turkey in its definitive, as discussed and adopted in plenary, text of the opinion.
The Commission notes that by removing necessary checks and balances, the amendments would not follow the model of a democratic presidential system... read more
World Conference on Constitutional Justice - Bureau
Venice - 11th Meeting of the Bureau of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice.
10/03/2017 - 11/03/2017
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista - The Commission
- Held an exchange of views with Mr Talgat Donakov, Deputy Head, Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and adopted:
• the opinion on the draft amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and
• the opinion on the draft law of the Republic of Kazakhstan on administrative procedures;
- Adopted the joint opinion by the Venice Commission, the Directorate of Information Society and Action against Crime and the Directorate of Human Rights (DGI) on draft law No... read more
04/03/2017 - 10/03/2017
Yerevan – Venice Commission organises in co-operation with the Central Election Commission and the Justice Academy of Armenia a series of training sessions on election dispute resolution.
The 4 sessions are for members of election commissions, administrative judges and representatives of political parties and civil society. They will take place from 4 to 10 March 2017.
This activity falls under the Programmatic Cooperation Framework for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and i... read more
02/03/2017 - 03/03/2017
Chisinau - Conference in co-operation with the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova on “Evolution of constitutional control in Europe: lessons learned and challenges”. This conference will be co-financed in the Council of Europe/European Union Programmatic Cooperation Framework (PCF).
The Constitutional Court of Luxembourg joined the World Conference for Constitutional Justice (WCCJ) on 16 February 2017 which now has 105 members!
27/02/2017 - 03/04/2017
Yerevan - On 27 and 28 February 2017, the long term legal assistance to the Central Electoral Commission of Armenia started. Several meetings were held with representatives of civil society, international community, the OSCE/ODIHR and of the Central Electoral Commission. An expert of the Venice Commission will assist the CEC with the preparation of the parliamentary elections foreseen on 2 April 2017.
This activity falls under the Programmatic Cooperation Framework for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, funded by the European Union and the Counc... read more
27/02/2017 - 28/02/2017
Borjomi - The Commission participates in the 7th Annual Meeting of Election Management Bodies. The topic of the meeting this is year is on the “Innovative services and effective electoral operations”. The event is co-organised by the Central Election Commission of Georgia and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in co-operation and with financial support of the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS).
This activity falls in the framework of the Programmatic Co-operation Framework (PCF) for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine... read more
20/02/2017 - 21/02/2017
Ankara – a delegation of the Venice Commission will exchange views with Turkish authorities, on the recent constitutional amendments. This visit takes place in the framework of the preparation of an opinion on the amendments, requested by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.. The draft opinion will be discussed by the Venice Commission in plenary in March 2017.
Minister of Justice of Armenia requested Venice Commission’s opinion on the draft constitutional law on the Constitutional Court.
07/02/2017 - 09/02/2017
Tunis - The Venice Commission in co-operation with the United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Electoral Support Project and the Independent High Electoral Commission of Tunisia assist the Organisation of electoral management bodies of Arab countries in organising its Second General Assembly and a workshop on the independence of electoral administrations (EMBs). The workshop will give an opportunity to the EMBs from the Arab States to share knowledge and raise awareness about the principle of EMB independence, bring together international experience and comparative models from around ... read more
Moscow - The oral finals of the Sixth All-Russian Moot Court Contest “Crystal Themis” on Constitutional Justice for law student teams are held in Moscow
The Contest is organised by the Institute for Law and Public Policy in partnership with the Venice Commission.
The case touches current issues on the protection of economic and environmental constitutional rights, respect for the balance of interests and the state support of small and medium-sized businesses.
Based on the evaluation of written documents prepared by the participants, 8 teams were chosen to meet in the quarter-f... read more
Slovakia - forthcoming opinion – visit to the country
Bratislava - In the framework of the preparation of an opinion of the Venice Commission on the situation of appointment of judges to the Constitutional Court of Slovakia, a delegation of the Commission held a series of meetings with the relevant authorities and other stakeholders.
The draft opinion will be discussed by the Commission in plenary in March 2017.
PACE session, Strasbourg – The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe invited the Venice Commission to participate in an exchange of views on the Commission’s Rule of Law Checklist.
Two rapporteurs on the issue, Mr Tuori and Ms Cleveland, represent the Commission at this occasion.
PACE - Minimal standards for electoral systems as a basis for free and fair elections – forthcoming report by the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy
PACE session, Strasbourg - President Buquicchio presented the relevant reference texts of the Venice Commission in the field of electoral systems at the hearing by the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly on the issues to be addressed in the Committee’s forthcoming report on “Setting minimal standards for electoral systems in order to offer the basis for free and fair elections”.
Request for opinion – Congress – electoral questions
The Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe requested the Venice Commission’s opinion on the Congress’s “Checklist for compliance with international standards and best practices preventing misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes at local and regional level”. This text aims to complement the “Guidelines for preventing misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes” prepared jointly by the OSCE/ODIHR and the Venice Commission in 2016.
Paris - The second meeting of the focal points of the seven partners participating in the UniDem Seminars for the Southern Mediterranean (Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Mauritania, Palestinian National Authority and Tunisia) will be held 25 January 2017 in the Council of Europe Office in Paris.
Participants will discuss their respective national priorities and will determine the topics, dates and venues of upcoming UniDem Med seminars in 2017.
Established for the Southern Mediterranean in September 2015, UniDem Med seminars aim to the exchange of best democratic practices among ... read more
Strasbourg - The President Gianni Buquicchio of the Venice Commission meets the President of Romania, who visits the Council of Europe, to exchange views on the cooperation between Romania and the Venice Commission.
23/01/2017 - 26/01/2017
Skopje - At the request of the State Election Commission of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", a delegation of the Venice Commission will undertake a fact-finding mission with a view to defining the modalities of a long term technical assistance. The delegation will meet with national and international stakeholders and will join the State Election Commission in its retreat.
Tbilisi - In the framework of the preparation of the constitutional reform of Georgia, President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio and Secretary of the Commission Thomas Markert visit Georgia to exchange views with the President, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia.
I am worried about the worsening situation within the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland. Following the attempts to influence the work of the Tribunal by means of legislative amendments, which were criticised by the Venice Commission, practical steps are now taken with the apparent aim to ensure that the Tribunal act in accordance with the will of the current political majority:
• The new President of the Tribunal was elected on the basis of a questionable procedure;
• The new President delegated her powers to another judge who was elected on a legal basis that had been f... read more
The Constitutional Council of Djibouti joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 104 members.
Slovakia – request for opinion
The President of the Slovak Republic requested the Venice Commission’s opinion on questions related to the appointment of judges to the Constitutional Court.