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Albania - Ceremony on the occasion of the adoption of the constitutional reform on justice

28/07/2016
Tirana – The President of the Venice Commission Mr Gianni Buquicchio participated in the ceremony organised by the Ad hoc Committee on Justice System Reform of the Albanian Parliament on “Justice reform : the challenges of today, the guarantee of the future”. The ceremony was held on 28 July 2016 at the Presidential Palace, in the presence of the highest national authorities, the EU and the US Ambassadors.

Albania - Constitutional amendments on the judiciary finally adopted by unanimous vote

27/07/2016
Tirana - In the evening of 21 July the Albanian Assembly approved the constitutional amendments related to the justice reform, with a unanimous vote. The current constitutional amendments provide for the re-organisation of the High Judicial Council, the Constitutional Court and several other supreme State institutions related to the judiciary, as well as for the creation of a temporary vetting mechanism supposed to remove corrupt and incompetent judges from the judiciary.

These amendments were the result of a long and laborious process, to which the Venice Commission contributed b... read more

Second meeting of the Political Finance Community of Practice

19/07/2016
London – The Venice Commission will participate in the meeting of the Political Finance Community of Practice, organised by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, which will bring together representatives of many international organisations active in the field of funding of political parties and election campaigns.

Armenia - Second Preliminary Joint Opinion on the Electoral Code

19/07/2016
The Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR transmitted to the Armenian authorities the second preliminary opinion on the Electoral Code of Armenia (as amended on 30 June 2016).

Execution of judgments of the European and Inter-American Courts on Human Rights - International Seminar

18/07/2016 - 19/07/2016
Heidelberg - The Venice Commission participates in the International Seminar organised by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Law and entitled “Execution of judgments of the European and Inter-American Courts on Human Rights”.

Turkey - Rule of Law

18/07/2016
I strongly condemn the attempted coup d’état in Turkey; any changes in the government must follow democratic channels. Turkish media report that, since the failed coup, two judges of the Constitutional Court and five members of the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors have been arrested. More than 2700 judges have been suspended and many have been detained. Especially in reacting to a violent attempt to overthrow an elected government, it is essential to respect the rule of law. Mass dismissals and arrests of judges are not an acceptable means to restore democracy. Like any citizen, each ju... read more

Ukraine - Political Party Expert Workshop

06/07/2016 - 07/07/2016
Kyiv - The Venice Commission will participate in the Political Party Expert Workshop which will take place at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla, Kyiv, Ukraine.

This activity falls in the framework of the Programmatic Cooperation Framework (PCF) for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.

Costa Rica - 61st member state of the Venice Commission

06/07/2016
Strasbourg – Following a request by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica on 6 July 2016 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe invited the country to become the 61st member state of the Venice Commission.

Germany - Parliamentary Conference - Media freedom as a cornerstone for democratic elections

04/07/2016 - 04/07/2016
Berlin - The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will organise a parliamentary conference on "Media Freedom as a Cornerstone for Democratic Elections", in co-operation wirh the Venice Commission. The Venice Commission delegation will intervene on standards for media in the context of elections, media ethics and transparency regarding party political interests and on the role of parliaments in ensuring media freedom in the context of elections.

The event is hosted by the Deutsche Bundestag (Federal Parliament of Germany) and falls in the framework of the Programmatic Coo... read more

Request for opinion – Republic of Moldova – the district of Taraclia

01/07/2016
The Moldovan authorities requested an opinion of the Venice Commission on the draft law on the ethno-cultural status of the district of Taraclia. A draft opinion will be prepared with a view of its submission for adoption at the next Plenary Session of the Venice Commission in October 2016.

Rule of Law - European Economic and Social Committee

29/06/2016 - 29/06/2016
Brussels - The Venice Commission will take part in a public hearing on the European control mechanism on the rule of law and fundamental rights.

1st Congress of the Association of Constitutional Justice of the Countries of the Baltic and Black Sea Regions

29/06/2016 - 01/07/2016
Chisinau – Ms Hanna Suchocka, Honorary President of the Venice Commission, participated in the 1st Congress of the Association of Constitutional Justice of the Countries of the Baltic and Black Sea Regions, organised by the Constitutional Court of Moldova.

Ibero-America - Constitutional Justice

28/06/2016 - 01/07/2016
Lima - XIth Ibero-American Conference of Constitutional Justice.

Rule of Law Checklist – Presentation to the Congress

28/06/2016
Council of Europe, Strasbourg - Mr Jan Helgesen, Former President of the Venice Commission, will introduce the Rule of Law Checklist before the Monitoring Committee of the Congress.

Armenia - Meetings on electoral reform

24/06/2016 - 24/06/2016
On 24 June 2016, the working group of the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR held discussions with representatives of the opposition on the on-going electoral reform in Armenia. It subsequently held a working meeting with Ms Arpine Hohvanissyan, Minister of Justice and Mr Davit Harutyunyan, Chief of Staff of the Government. Both meetings included discussions on the recent mutual agreement reached in Yerevan between the government and the opposition on the "organisational and technical mechanisms for oversight over the lawfulness of the electoral process".
On 24 June 2016, the working g... read more

Meeting with representatives of the working group on electoral reform of Ukraine

22/06/2016 - 23/06/2016
Strasbourg.- Members of the working group on electoral reform, created under the auspices of the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, will come to Strasbourg on 22 and 23 June to have an exchange of views on the content of the reform with representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly, the Venice Commission and different departments and experts of the Council of Europe.

Request for opinion - PACE - Turkey

22/06/2016
On 22 June 2016 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted Resolution no. 2121 (2016) on “The functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey”, whereby the PACE requested an opinion of the Venice Commission on the draft law on the restructuring of the Court of Cassation and Council of State of Turkey and on the constitutional aspects of the appointments of members of high judicial bodies in this country (§35). An opinion will be prepared with a view of its submission for adoption at the next Plenary Session of the Venice Commission in October 2016.

Rule of Law Checklist – presentation to the PACE

21/06/2016
Council of Europe, Strasbourg - Ms Herdis Kjerulf Thorgeirsdottir, Vice President of the Venice Commission, introduced the Rule of Law Checklist before the Committee of Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly. The meeting was opened by Her Excellency Ms Marina Kaljurand, Chair of the Committee of Ministers. Ms Anne Brasseur, Former President of the Parliamentary Assembly and member of the Committee of Legal Affairs and Human Rights, intervened too.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice - 100 members !

17/06/2016
Strasbourg - Statement by the President of the Venice Commission: "I am very pleased to announce that, with the accession of the Constitutional Tribunal of Cape Verde, the World Conference on Constitutional Justice has reached the 100 membership mark, with its members hailing from all five continents. These 100 Constitutional Courts, Constitutional Councils and Supreme Courts, members of the World Conference, are all committed to the common values of democracy, the protection of human rights and the rule of law as expressed in the Statute of the World Conference, which is essential for the pr... read more

107th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

10/06/2016 - 11/06/2016
The Commission
- Held an exchange of views with Ms Arpine Hovhannisyan, Minister of Justice of Armenia, endorsed the preliminary joint opinion by the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR on the draft electoral code of Armenia as of 18 April 2016, previously endorsed by the Council for Democratic Elections on 9 June 2016 and, upon the Minister’s request and in the light of the urgency, authorised the rapporteurs to prepare an opinion on the amendments to the Electoral Code adopted after the publication of the preliminary opinion and to send it to the Armenian authorities prior to the Oct... read more

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