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Kyrgyzstan – Conference on constitutional amendment

Bishkek – A Conference on “International experience on introducing Constitutional amendments and on Constitutional revisions” will take place on 28 May 2015 in Bishkek.

The delegation of the Venice Commission is composed of its members from Latvia, Liechtenstein, Georgia, Korea and Turkey. The speakers - leading constitutionalists in their countries - will present the experience of their countries in the field of constitutional reforms. The President of the Venice Commission will address the participants by video message. This event will provide a platform for the exchange of opin... read more

Republic of Moldova – Conference on the Reform of the Prosecution Service -

Chisinau –The Venice Commission takes part in a conference on the Reform of the Prosecution Service, co-organised with the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Moldova. This event is organised as a follow-up to the recent Opinion of the Venice Commission on the draft Law on the Prosecution Service

Hungary – forthcoming opinion on media legislation - visit by the Venice Commission

16/04/2015 - 17/04/2015
Budapest - A delegation of the Venice Commission is visiting Hungary as a part of the preparation of an opinion on media legislation in Hungary, following the PACE Resolution (2035)2015 on freedom of media in Europe. The 2010 Act CLXXXV on Media Services and on the Mass Media, the 2010 Act CIV on Freedom of the Press and the legislation on taxation of advertisement revenues of mass-media are in the centre of attention of the rapporteurs of the Commission.

Representatives of the Commission are to hold discussions on possible improvements of the legislation in force with the represe... read more

World Conference on Constitutional Justice - Mexico

Strasbourg - The Electoral Court of the Federal Judiciary of Mexico joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 96 members.

Georgia - request for opinion

The Constitutional Court of Georgia has made a request for an amicus curiae brief from the Venice Commission on whether a higher court is entitled to go beyond the scope of a complaint in criminal cases. The amicus curiae brief should be adopted by the Venice Commission at its 103rd Plenary Session in June 2015.

Tirana - Roundtable on the rules of procedure of the Central Electoral Commission

An expert of the Venice Commission takes part in a technical roundtable on the rules of procedure of the Central Electoral Commission.

Belgium - Constitutional Justice

Brussels - The Commission will participate in the 30th anniversary celebration of the Belgian Constitutional Court (formerly Court of Arbitration).

Belgium - Electoral issues - 12th European Conference of the Electoral Management Bodies

30/03/2015 - 31/03/2015
Brussels – The role of electoral management bodies in ensuring neutrality, impartiality and transparency in elections was the focus of an international conference which took place in the Palais d’Egmont, Brussels, Belgium, on 30-31 March 2015.

More than 160 participants, representatives of 60 countries and several international institutions – including chairs and members of central electoral commissions and administrations from Europe and beyond – held an exchange of views on the standards for neutral, impartial and transparent elections and good practices addressing the functioni... read more

Tunis - Hearing at the Parliament of Tunisia

Tunis - A delegation of the Venice Commission headed by Mr Guido Neppi Modona, Substitute member of the Venice Commission, participated in an exchange of views with the Parliament of Tunisia on the High Judicial Council.

Tunisia – Grand republican march against terrorism

Tunis – The President of the Venice Commission Mr Gianni Buquicchio was invited along with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Mr Thorbjørn Jagland and the President of the PACE Ms Anne Brasseur, to take part in a grand republican march against terrorism. This event took place at midday on Sunday 29 March 2015 in Tunis and was led by the President of the Republic of Tunisia, Mr Beji Caid Essebsi.

French Speaking Courts - Constitutional Justice correspondents

26/03/2015 - 27/03/2015
Strasbourg - The Venice Commission together with the Association of Constitutional Courts using the French Language (ACCPUF) organised a training seminar for the ACCPUF correspondents on how to use and feed the CODICES database as well as the Venice Forum.

Electoral Integrity and Regional Cooperation - 2nd International Conference - Permanent Electoral Authority of Romania

25/03/2015 - 26/03/2015
Bucharest – A member of the Venice Commission took part in the 2nd International Conference of the Permanent Electoral Authority of Romania, on “Electoral Integrity and Regional Cooperation”. He presented a report on “International and European Standards on Integrity of Elections”.

Republic of Moldova - Conference on electoral issues

23/03/2015 - 24/03/2015
Chisinau - The Venice Commission participated in a conference organised as a follow-up to the parliamentary elections of November 2014.

Kuwait - Union of Arab Constitutional Courts and Councils

Kuwait - The Union of Arab Constitutional Courts and Councils (UACCC) held its bi-annual symposium in Kuwait. The President of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo represented the Venice Commission in the meeting.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice - Bureau

Venice - The World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which has 95 member Courts, held the 9th meeting of its Bureau in Venice. Following the congresses in Cape Town (2009), Rio de Janeiro (2011) and Seoul (2014), the Bureau accepted the candidacy of the Constitutional Court of Lithuania to host the 4th Congress in Vilnius in 2017. The Bureau also examined the financial report and discussed activities in between the congresses. The regional and linguistic groups of Courts represented in the Bureau informed the participants about the programme of activities of their respective groups.

102nd Plenary Session of the Venice Commission (Venice) - Constitutional amendments necessary for effective justice reform in Ukraine

20/03/2015 - 21/03/2015
Scuola San Giovanni Evangelista - An opinion issued by the Venice Commission, stated that the main obstacles to ensuring an independent judiciary in Ukraine lies in constitutional provisions.

Even though Ukraine is facing a particularly trying time, the issue of ensuring an independent judiciary is essential for a more democratic future of the country, experts said in the plenary.

The Law on the Judicial System and the Status of Judges is rooted in the existing constitution, which prevents fundamental changes in the judicial system, said experts from the Venice Commis... read more
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