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Turkey - Early presidential and parliamentary elections - Legal assistance to the PACE observation mission

23/06/2018 - 24/06/2018
Ankara - A delegation of the Venice Commission accompanies the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) election observation delegation to advise on the legal framework of the early presidential election and parliamentary elections of 24 June 2018. The 35-member PACE delegation is to observe the opening, voting and counting processes of the presidential elections.

115th Plenary session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

22/06/2018 - 23/06/2018
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista - The Council of Europe’s Venice Commission has just adopted an opinion on the compatibility with international human rights standards of the Hungarian government’s new “Stop Soros” draft legislative package as far as it affects NGOs. The opinion, jointly prepared with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE, assessed amendments to certain laws relating to measures to combat illegal immigration. The legal experts held an exchange of views with Mr Balázs Orbán, State Secretary of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s office... read more

Hungary - "Stop Soros" draft legislative package

Strasbourg – President Gianni Buquicchio met with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto to discuss the implementation of the Venice Commission’s opinion on the amendments to the Ukrainian Law on Secondary Education as well as the upcoming opinion on the new “stop Soros” legislative provisions.

In relation to the latter, President Buquicchio called on the Hungarian Parliament not to proceed with the adoption of the law prior to the publication of the Commission’s opinion this coming Friday 22 June 2018, or at least to take into account the Commission’s recommendations as they ... read more

Ukraine - draft Election Code – 1st regional public discussions

15/06/2018 - 16/06/2018
Vinnytsia and Chernihiv - The first regional public discussions on the draft Election Code of Ukraine took place on 15 and 16 June 2018.

These regional events aimed at discussing with the interested parties in the regions the main issues concerning the draft Election Code, as well as developing and providing recommendations in preparation of the draft Code for the second reading in Verkhovna Rada.

The deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, deputies and representatives of local self-government bodies, members of territorial, district and polling station election commi... read more

The VOTA database - Unique collection of legal texts on elections

Strasbourg/ Mexico City – The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and the Mexican Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary announce the complete update of their VOTA database of electoral legislation and the Venice Commission reports and opinions on elections and political parties – a unique collection of its kind.

The database was conceived by the Venice Commission in 2003 and put on line in 2004. Since 2012, the Venice Commission manages VOTA in cooperation with the Mexican Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary, an indispensible partner in this unique more

Conference of European Constitutional Courts

13/06/2018 - 14/06/2018
Prague – The Venice Commission participated in the Preparatory meeting of the Circle of Presidents for the XVIIIth Congress of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts.


Request for opinion – PACE / Turkey – Electoral legislation

By letter dated 4 May 2018 the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by member States of the Council of Europe requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the amendments to the electoral legislation and related “harmonisation laws” adopted in March and April 2017 in Turkey.

The Venice Commission will prepare an opinion after the parliamentary elections in Turkey planned on 24 June 2018.

Romania – forthcoming opinion – visit to the country

11/06/2018 - 12/06/2018
Bucharest - A delegation of the Venice Commission visited Romania to have a series of exchange of views concerning three draft laws revising the Romanian laws on judicial organisation, on the Superior Council of Magistracy and on the Statute of judges and prosecutors. The delegation had meetings with the President of Romania, the Ministry of Justice, the High Court of Cassation and Justice, the Constitutional Court, the General Prosecutor’s Office and the National Anticorruption Directorate, the Superior Council of Magistracy, parliament representatives including the Special Parliamentary Com... read more

Adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the Law on the High Anti-corruption Court - Statement by the President of the Venice Commission Mr Gianni Buquicchio

Strasbourg, Council of Europe - "It is with great satisfaction - I would even say with great joy - that I learnt of today’s decision by the Verkhovna Rada to adopt the law on the High Anti-Corruption Court. According to the reports the law as adopted is in line with the recommendations of the Venice Commission.

I would like to congratulate the members of the Verkhovna Rada on today’s vote and thank all those who contributed to the adoption of the law. This is an important step forward for Ukraine and for Europe, most of all for the citizens of Ukraine who have suffered for too long... read more

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