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Venezuela – Constitutional crisis - Preliminary opinion released

Strasbourg, Council of Europe – Today the Venice Commission has released its preliminary opinion on the legal aspects of the constitutional crisis in Venezuela.

Ukraine – Request for opinion

Mr Andrii Parubiy, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, has requested an opinion of the Venice Commission on compliance with the Council of Europe standards of the draft law on anti-corruption courts and the draft law on the specialisation of judges for corruption-related offences.

Poland - Statement by the Venice Commission's President Gianni Buquicchio

Strasbourg - I have been informed that the Polish parliament is adopting a number of laws on the judicial system affecting inter alia the National Council of the Judiciary and the Supreme Court. The Venice Commission has not examined these texts but I would like to recall that the independence of the judiciary is a basic element of the rule of law, guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. The fact that judges may not be dismissed before the end of their term of office, except on the basis of proper disciplinary proceedings, ... read more

Armenia – forthcoming opinion – a country visit

11/07/2017 - 12/07/2017
Yerevan – on 10 and 11 July 2017 a delegation of the Venice Commission visited Armenia, at the invitation of the Minister of Justice, and discussed the draft judicial code developed by the Ministry, with a view of preparation of an opinion on the draft code.
The draft opinion is scheduled for adoption by October 2017 plenary session of the Venice Commission.

Morocco - 13th Forum on the Modernisation of Public Administration and State Institutions

05/07/2017 - 06/07/2017
Rabat - The Vice-president of the Venice Commission, Mrs Herdis Kjerulf Thorgeirsdottir, is attending the 13th Forum on the Modernisation of Public Administration and State Institutions on "Fight against corruption in public services in Africa as an operational element of a responsible governance”.
She will present the "Rule of Law Check List" of the Venice Commission.

European Parliament - Exchange of views on constitutional reform in Georgia

Strasbourg - Thomas Markert, Secretary General of the Venice Commission, took part in an exchange of views on constitutional reform in Georgia with the Delegation for relations with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia of the European Parliament, in the presence of the President of Parliament of Georgia, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze.

International Society of Public Law (ICON·S) – "Courts, Power, Public Law" – 2017 Annual Conference

05/07/2017 - 07/07/2017
Copenhagen - The Venice Commission is attending the ICON·S conference on "Courts, Power, Public Law".
A representative of the Commission intervenes in panel 84 on "New Trends in Electoral Matters: The Role of Courts and the Venice Commission".

Hungary – forthcoming opinion – country visit

30/06/2017 - 01/07/2017
Budapest - a delegation of the Venice Commission travels to Hungary to exchange views with the Hungarian authorities and other relevant stakeholders, in the framework of the preparation of an opinion on the recent amendments to the Higher Education Act adopted by the Hungarian Parliament.

Georgia – working meeting with the President 29/6/2017

Batumi – The President of the Venice Commission Mr Buquicchio met with the President of Georgia Mr Margvelashvili on the sidelines of the XVIIth Congress of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts.

Conference of European Constitutional Courts - XVIIth Congress

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".

Organisation of American States - Request for opinion

Mr Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organisation of American States, has requested an opinion of the Venice Commission on legal issues related to the Decree of the President of Venezuela on calling elections of the National Constituent Assembly.

Assistance to the Kyrgyz Republic in the electoral field

27/06/2017 - 30/06/2017
Bishkek – In the framework of the project “Support to Strengthening Democracy through Electoral Reform in the Kyrgyz Republic” experts of the Venice Commission will participate in several activities from 27 to 30 June 2017. The first activity for political parties will deal with campaigning and electoral dispute resolution co-organised with IFES in light of the Presidential elections on 15 October 2017.

Together with OSCE Programme office a needs assessment visit on data protection will be held to meet with a wide range of stakeholders in this area and to discuss possible co-oper... read more

Ukraine – visit of the President of the Venice Commission

Kyiv – The President of the Venice Commission Mr Buquicchio exchanged views with the Speaker of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Mr Parubiy on the recent cooperation between the Commission and Ukraine.

Albania - parliamentary elections - Legal assistance to the PACE observation mission

24/06/2017 - 26/06/2017
Tirana - A delegation of the Venice Commission accompanies the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) delegation to advise on the legal framework of the parliamentary elections of 25 June 2017 in Albania. The PACE delegation is to observe the opening, voting and counting processes of the early parliamentary elections.

Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe - Presentation of the 2016 annual report of activities of the Commission

Council of Europe, Strasbourg - The President of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buquicchio, presented the annual report of activities of the Commission in 2016. The presentation was followed by an exchange of views with the Ambassadors of the Member States of the Council of Europe.

OSCE/ODIHR - Electoral issues

19/06/2017 - 20/06/2017
Warsaw – The Venice Commission participates in discussions on the drafts of two new election-related publications: Handbook on Observing and Promoting the Electoral Participation of Persons with Disabilities and Guidelines on the Role of Public Security Providers in Elections. The event is facilitated by the OSCE/ODIHR. The participants include international experts as well as representatives from civil society and international organisations.

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

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