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 drfat 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
30/01/2018 - 31/01/2018
Kyiv – a delegation of the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR exchanged views with the Ukrainian authorities and representatives of the civil society in the framework of the preparation of the joint OSCE/ODIHR opinion on financial reporting requirements for NGOs.
The draft opinion is on the agenda of the March 2018 plenary session.
Chisinau - A delegation of the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR visits the Republic of Moldova in view of the preparation of a joint opinion on the revised electoral legislation concerning the system for the election of Parliament. The delegation will meet representatives of political parties and the civil society, as well as the Central Electoral Commission and the Commission for the boundary delimitation.
29/01/2018 - 30/01/2018
Skopje – a delegation of the Venice Commission visits Skopje in the framework of the preparation of an opinion on the draft law on prevention and protection against discrimination. The delegation will exchange views with representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the Ministry of Justice, the civil society, the international organisations, the Office of Ombudsman as well as Members of the National Assembly and of the Commission for protection against discrimination.
The draft opinion is on the agenda of the March 2018 plenary session of the Venice Commission.
Strasbourg, Council of Europe – The President of the Venice Commission Mr Gianni BUQUICCHIO met the head of the Moldovan PACE delegation Mr Marian LUPU to exchange views on current situation in Moldova and on the cooperation between the Venice Commission and the Republic of Moldova.
Strasbourg, Council of Europe - Mr Thomas Markert, the Director and Secretary of the Venice Commission, met a delegation of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine in order to discuss co-operation between the Constitutional Court and the Venice Commission.
Strasbourg, Council of Europe - Mr Jan Helgesen, President of the Scientific Council of the Venice Commission, exchanged views with the PACE’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights on “ Ombudsman Institutions in Europe – the need for a set of common standards” and informed the MPs on the work of the Venice Commission in this respect.
Strasbourg - The Venice Commission hosts at the Council of Europe a study visit of a group from the European Law Students' Association (ELSA) at the occasion of the Winter Session of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly. Members of the Secretariat of the Venice Commission will introduce the work of the Commission in its role of constitutional assistance to member states.
Strasbourg, Council of Europe - The President of the Venice Commission Mr Gianni Buquicchio addresses the PACE’s Committee on Political affairs and Democracy on the following topic “A commitment to introduce rules to ensure fair referendums in Council of Europe member States.”
Strasbourg, Council of Europe – The President of the Venice Commission Mr Gianni Buquicchio meets with the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, who is visiting the Council of Europe at the occasion of his address to the PACE during the January session.
Albania - Electoral matters - Voting abroad
Tirana – A representative of the Venice Commission will take part in a conference on “Voting of Albanian citizens abroad”, organised under the auspices of the Assembly of Albania, by the Minister of State for Diaspora with the support of the OSCE Presence in Albania.
Request for opinion – PACE – Romania
Paris – the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 12 December 2017 decided to request the Venice Commission’s opinion on compatibility of the Romanian draft legislation on NGOs (draft law 140/2017 amending Decree 26/2000 on Associations and Foundations) with international standards on human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Second Scientific Electoral Experts Debates: „Equal Suffrage” - Call for papers - Electoral Expert Review - Deadline for submitting proposals 25th of March 2018.
Sinaia, Romania - The Electoral Expert Review, published by the Permanent Electoral Authority (PEA), invites stakeholders and those interested to contribute in publishing scientific articles that have not been or are not published in other journals, reviews or scientific symposium volumes, related to the theme of the Second Scientific Electoral Experts Debates: “Equal Suffrage”, co-organised by the PEA and the Venice Commission, which will take place on 3-4 May 2018 in Sinaia.
Deadline for submitting the proposal for articles in English, French or Romanian is 25 March 2018.
10/01/2018 - 11/01/2018
Belgrade - A delegation of the Venice Commission is meeting on 10 and 11 January with the Minister of Justice, the Republic Public Prosecutor, representatives of the Ministry of European Integration and the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society as well as the academic community with a view to discussing the upcoming constitutional changes. This is the second visit to the Republic of Serbia to provide recommendations to the Ministry of Justice with respect to drafting the relevant constitutional amendments in the field of the judiciary.
This activity is taking place in the fram... read more
Mr Nicolae Eșanu, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova, has requested two opinions of the Venice Commission: one on a draft law amending Article 42 of the Constitution, concerning the freedom of association, and another on the Draft Law on the modification and completion of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova concerning the organisation of the judiciary. The two opinions will be submitted for adoption at the 114th Plenary meeting of the Commission in March 2018.
Obituary – Mr Bogusław Banaszak, member of the Venice Commission in respect of Poland
Warsaw - The Venice Commission is saddened by the sudden death of its Polish member, Professor Bogusław Banaszak.
He was a widely recognised expert in constitutional law and a valuable member of the Venice Commission.
At its next plenary session, the Venice Commission will hold a minute of silence in his memory.
08/01/2018 - 09/01/2018
Cairo – The Venice Commission participates in an international conference on the “Role of administrative courts in electoral disputes”, organised by the Arab Union of Administrative Justice.
Experts from Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Lebanon, Mauritania, Sudan, Bahrain and France address the issue of electoral disputes before the administrative judges from the courts members of the Union.
Request for opinion – “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”
The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" requested the Venice Commission’s opinion on the draft law on prevention and protection against discrimination.
The draft opinion will be on the agenda of March 2018 session of the Commission.
Ukraine – Inauguration of the Supreme Court
Kyiv – The President of the Venice Commission Mr Gianni Buquicchio represents the Council of Europe at the event entitled “The Role of the Supreme Court in the development of democracy in the country” on the occasion of the commencement of the work of the new Supreme Court of Ukraine.
Paris - the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) of the Parliamentary Assembly on 13 December 2017 decided to request the Venice Commission’s opinion on two Ukrainian draft laws:
- “On Introducing Changes to the Tax Code of Ukraine to Ensure Public Transparency of the Financing of Public Associations and the Use of International Technical Assistance” (Law no.6674) and
- “On Introducing Changes to Some Legislative Acts to Ensure Public Transparency of Information on Finance Activity of Public Asso... read more
Chisinau – a member of the Venice Commission participated in the conference “Financing of political parties in Moldova: Lessons learned in the Eastern Partnership” on 15 December 2017 and presented the recent Joint Opinion of the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR on the legal framework governing the funding of political parties and electoral campaigns, adopted by the Venice Commission at its December 2017 Plenary Session.
This activity falls in the framework of the Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, fund... read more
13/12/2017 - 14/12/2017
Washington – Upon the invitation of the Organisation of American States, a delegation of the Venice Commission participated in the 12th Implementation Meeting of the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation.
13/12/2017 - 14/12/2017
Paris - The President of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buquicchio addressed the SIGMA Ministerial conference which took place from 13 to 14 December 2017 in Paris on the importance of the rule of law for citizens and businesses. Mr Thomas Markert, Secretary of the Venice Commission, represented as well the Commission at the Paris meeting.
SIGMA is a project implemented by OECD and co-financed by the European Union and the OECD. The project has worked on public administration reform (PAR) in more than 30 partner countries to help them to establish professional public administra... read more
12/12/2017 - 15/12/2017
Strasbourg – A study visit for representatives of Presidential Administration, Parliament, Central Election Commission, State Registration Service, MFA, Committee on Information and Technologies and representatives from NGOs from the Kyrgyz Republic to the Council of Europe took place on 12-15 December 2017. The participants were able to follow closely the work of the Venice Commission, the Parliamentary Assembly, judges and lawyers of the ECtHR and other bodies and services of the Council of Europe.
During the seminar organised on 14 December the participants learnt about European... read more
Venice - Following the proposals made by the Committee of Wise Persons, the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe on 10 December 2017 elected for a term of two years:
• Mr G. Buquicchio (Italy) as President (re-elected);
• Ms H. Kjerulf Thorgeirsdottir (Iceland) as First Vice-President;
• Ms V. Bílková (Czech Republic) and Mr M. Frendo (Malta) as Vice-Presidents;
• Ms C. Bazy-Malaurie (France), Mr J. M. Castella Andreu (Spain), Mr I-W. Kang (Republic of Korea) and Ms T. Khabrieva (Russian Federation), as members of the Bureau.
08/12/2017 - 09/12/2017
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista