Recent and Current Events

Bulgaria – Early parliamentary elections - Legal assistance to the observation mission of the PACE

03/10/2014 - 06/10/2014
Sofia - At the request of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Venice Commission ensures legal assistance to the Election Observation Mission of the Assembly in the context of the early parliamentary elections of 5 October 2014.

Mexico- International Conference on "Constitutional courts and rule of law"

02/10/2014 - 03/10/2014
Mexico, D.F. - The President of the Venice Commission will participate in an international Conference to be held in Mexico on 2-3 October 2014. The President will address as a keynote speaker the importance of international cooperation for strengthening democracy.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice - São Tomé and Príncipe

29/09/2014
Seoul - The Supreme Court of São Tomé and Príncipe joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 93 members.

3rd Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice (WCCJ)

28/09/2014 - 01/10/2014
Seoul - The main purpose of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which unites 93 Constitutional Courts and Councils and Supreme Courts in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe, is is to facilitate judicial dialogue between constitutional judges on a global scale.

The 3rd Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice will deal with the wider topic of “Constitutional Justice and Social Integration” in four sub-topics:
1. Challenges of social integration in a globalised world
2. International standards for social integration
3. Constitutional ... read more

Republic of Moldova - electoral issues - Training of Trainers

25/09/2014 - 26/09/2014
Chisinau - The Venice Commission in cooperation with the Central Electoral Commission, the Centre for Continuous Training and the National Institute of Justice of Moldova, organise a training on the resolution of electoral disputes.

Mexico - Meeting with the President of the Supreme Court

24/09/2014
Council of Europe, Strasbourg - President of the Venice Commission Mr Gianni Buquicchio had a working meeting with the President of the Supreme Court of Mexico, Mr Juan Silva Meza and a delegation of the Permanent Representation of Mexico at the Council of Europe, led by Ambassador Santiago Oñate Laborde, to discuss and expand further the cooperation between Mexico and the Venice Commission.

Morocco - 5th Training session of collaborators of the Mediators members of the AOM

22/09/2014 - 25/09/2014
Rabat - The Venice Commission contributes to a training session organised by the AOM and the Mediator Institution of the Kingdom of Morocco in Rabat on 22-25 September 2014. The general subject of the session is " The means of action of Ombudsmen and Mediators ".
This contribution is funded through the Joint EU - Council of Europe programme "Strengthening democratic reform in the Southern Neighbourhood.”

Republic of Moldova - Assistance to the Central Electoral Commisison

21/09/2014 - 26/09/2014
The Venice Commission provides assitance to the Central Electoral Commission of Moldova in the field of electoral dispute resolution.

"The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" – Constitutional Justice

19/09/2014
Skopje - The Venice Commission participated the International Conference on the topic: Contemporary Challenges of the Constitutional Judiciary: 1. The principle of separation of powers and its protection by the Constitutional Court and 2. Constitutional review of by-laws, organized by the Constitutional Court, the OSCE Mission to Skopje and the Rule of Law Program South East Europe.

Estonia - Ombudsman's Role in a Democracy

18/09/2014 - 19/09/2014
Tallinn, Estonia - The Venice Commission will participate in the Conference on the "Ombudsman's Role in a Democracy" organised by the International Ombudsman Institute

Georgia – 2014 local elections: Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead – International conference

16/09/2014
Tbilisi - The Council of Europe and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) with the support of the Swiss Confederation and the U.S. Agency for International Development USAID organise a conference on "The 2014 Local Elections: Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead" on 16 September 2014.

The aim of the Conference is to draw lessons from the organisation and management of the 2014 local elections in view of their compliance with European and international standards and for further improving the electoral process in Georgia. Being the last of a series of conferences held... read more

Tunisia - Seminar on Electoral Disputes

10/09/2014 - 11/09/2014
Tunis - The Venice Commission contributes to a training session organised for judges from the Administrative Courts of Tunisia.

Joint with OSCE/ ODIHR Guidelines on Freedom Association

08/09/2014 - 11/09/2014
Warsaw - The Venice Commission participates in a civil society consultation meeting in Warsaw in the framework of the preparation of the Joint Guidelines on Freedom Association in cooperation with the OSCE/ODIHR Odihr. The theme of the meeting is “Enabling Legal Framework for Freedom of Association: Focus on Formation of Associations, Objectives and Activities, Liability and Sanctions”.
During a subsequent meeting, on 10-11 September 2014, the representatives of the Venice Commission and of the OSCE/ODIHR Panel on freedom of association meet to discuss the content of the draft Joint ... read more

“The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” – forthcoming opinion on constitutional amendments - visit to the country

08/09/2014 - 10/09/2014
Skopje – following a request for the Venice Commission’s opinion on a number of draft constitutional amendments, concerning, in particular, the composition of the Judicial Council, the powers of the Constitutional Court, the creation of a special financial zone and several other issues, a delegation of the Commission visits the country and meets with the authorities in order to discuss those amendments. The delegation will also hold discussions with representatives of opposition parties, professional associations and civil society.

Moldova - 20th Anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova

08/09/2014
Chisinau, Republic of Moldova - Mr Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission, will participate in the International Conference on "The role of constitutional justice in protecting the values of the rule of law" on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova organised by the Constitutiional Court of the Republic of Moldova.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice – Cambodia

07/09/2014
The Constitutional Council of Cambodia joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 91 members.

Electoral issues - 23rd annual conference of the ACEEEO

04/09/2014 - 06/09/2014
Bucharest - The Venice Commission will participate on the 23rd Annual Conference of the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO), which will take place on 4-6 September 2014, in Bucharest, Romania. The 23rd Conference will discuss two topics: 'Participation of Women in Electoral Process and Public Life' and 'Planning of a General Election’.

Montenegro - opinion request

02/09/2014
The authorities of Montenegro have requested opinions on:
1) The draft Law on Rights and Duties of Judges and Judicial Council;
2) The draft Law on Courts;
3) The draft Law on State Prosecutor’s Office and
4) The draft Law on Constitutional Court of Montenegro.

Kazakhstan – stability, peace and social cohesion through constitution – international conference

29/08/2014 - 30/08/2014
Astana - A delegation of the Venice Commission participates in an international conference organized by the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan on “Constitution: stability, peace and social cohesion”.

Request for opinion – Serbia

28/08/2014
The Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia has requested The Venice Commission’s opinion on draft amendments modifying the Law on financing of political activities.

Serbia – forthcoming opinions – visit to the country

28/08/2014 - 29/08/2014
Belgrade – following the requests for the Venice Commission’s opinion on the draft amendments and additions to the Law on the High Judicial Council and on the Law on the State Prosecutorial Council of the Republic of Serbia, a delegation of the Commission plans to meet with the authorities in order to discuss the draft amendments.

"The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” - request for opinion

05/08/2014
The Minister of Justice of "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on 7 amendments to the Constitution concerning, in particular, the Judicial Council, the competence of the Constitutional Court, and the State Audit Office.

Permanent Council of the OSCE

24/07/2014
OSCE, Vienna – The President of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buquicchio, addressed the Permanent Council of the Ogranisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and had an exchange of views with permanent representatives of participating States.

Ukraine - Constitutional amendments

07/07/2014 - 07/07/2014
The President of Ukraine, Mr Peter Poroshenko, requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine he had submitted to the Verkhovna Rada on 2 July. At its 99th Plenary Session the Venice Commission had, due to the urgency of the matter, authorised the rapporteurs to provide a preliminary opinion without waiting for its adoption by the plenary Commission.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice - Colombia

05/07/2014
The Constitutional Court of Colombia joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 90 members.

Georgia - Right to Privacy

04/07/2014 - 06/07/2014
Batumi - The Venice Commission participated in the 4th Black Sea Regional Conference on "Emerging Challenges to the Right to Privacy", organised by the Constitutional Court of Georgia with the support of the German Co-operation/GIZ.

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