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Armenia – forthcoming opinion – visit to the country

17/11/2017
Yerevan – A joint delegation of the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR visits Yerevan in the framework of the preparation of the joint opinion on the draft law on referendums. The delegation will exchange views on the draft law with Members of the National Assembly and of the Central Electoral Commission, with the President of the Constitutional Court, the Minister of Justice and representatives of the Armenian civil society.

Association of Constitutional Courts Using the French Language (ACCPUF)

16/11/2017 - 17/11/2017
Paris - The President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio participates in the opening of the seminar - conference on "the drafting of decisions", celebrating the 20th anniversary of ACCPUF (Association of Constitutional Courts sharing the use of French).

Japan – visit of a judge of the Supreme Court

10/11/2017
Council of Europe, Strasbourg - The President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio and Justice Hiroyuki Kanno of the Supreme Court of Japan discussed cooperation between their respective institutions.

Misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes: a major challenge for democratic elections - Regional Conference

09/11/2017 - 10/11/2017
London - The Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) and the Venice Commission, in co-operation with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, organise a regional conference entitled “Misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes: a major challenge for democratic elections”. Members of Parliaments and representatives of the Central electoral administrations of the countries beneficiaries of the Partnership of Good Governance will participate in this conference as well as a panel of international experts, specialists in the topic of the conference.
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"Conscious voters in the digital age" - 26th Annual ACEEEO Conference

09/11/2017 - 10/11/2017
Sofia – The Venice Commission will take part in the 26th Annual Conference of the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO). This conference is hosted by the Central Election Commission of Bulgaria and the ACEEEO Secretariat. The title of the conference is “Conscious voters in the digital age”.

Turkey - CHP leader to meet with the President of the Venice Commission

08/11/2017
Council of Europe, Strasbourg - During his visit to Strasbourg in the framework of the World Democracy Forum, Mr Kılıçdaroğlu, the CHP leader, is to hold a meeting with the Venice Commission’s President Mr Gianni Buquicchio.

Women and the labour market – 6th UniDem Med Seminar

07/11/2017 - 08/11/2017
Algiers, Algeria - In cooperation with the Algerian Constitutional Council and the Directorate General of the Civil Service and the Administrative Reform of Algeria (DGFPRA), the Venice Commission is organising, from 7 to 8 November, the 6th UniDem Med Regional Seminar. The seminar entitled "Women and the labor market" will take place in Algiers (Algeria) and will bring together senior officials and experts from Europe and the Southern the Mediterranean - Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. The seminar will discuss issues related to the principles of equality, the consti... read more

Request for opinion – Congress of the Council of Europe - local recall referendum

07/11/2017
The Secretary General of the Congress of the Council of Europe submitted a request for the Venice Commission’s opinion on the compatibility of local recall referendum aimed at cutting short the term of office of a local elected representative with the international standards and best practice.

Assistance to the Kyrgyz Republic in the electoral field

06/11/2017 - 12/11/2017
In the framework of the project “Support to Strengthening Democracy through Electoral Reform in the Kyrgyz Republic” a number of activities will be held for representatives of Kyrgyzstan from 6 to 12 November 2017.

Bishkek – A follow-up seminar on media monitoring of the October 2017 Presidential elections will be held jointly with a local NGO “Media Development Centre” on 6-8 November 2017 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The seminar is focused on enhancing the potential of journalists and media experts in a post-electoral analysis of the data collected during the monitoring process. As ... read more

Request for opinion - Republic of Moldova

03/11/2017
Mr Mihail Cotorobai, the People`s Advocate of the Republic of Moldova, requested Venice Commission’s opinion on the amendment of article 37 of the Law on the People’s Advocate –”Financial provisions”.
The opinion is on the agenda of the December 2017 plenary session of the Commission.

OSCE/ODIHR - Core Group of Experts on Political Parties - 2017 Annual Meeting

02/11/2017 - 03/11/2017
Warsaw – The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) organised the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Core Group of Experts on Political Parties. It was devoted to the revision of the Joint Guidelines on Political Party Regulation.

A delegation of the Venice Commission participated in this meeting, as these Guidelines were drafted and are revised jointly with the OSCE/ODIHR.

Albania - Roundtable on the 2017 parliamentary elections

02/11/2017
Tirana, the Central Election Commission's headquarters – The Venice Commission takes part in a post-electoral conference organised by the Council of Europe, in cooperation with the Central Election Commission, on “The 2017 elections in Albania - Lessons learned and steps ahead: Legislation, Administration, Education".

This post-electoral conference focuses on the main findings and recommendations of the final reports of the OSCE/ODIHR and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the assistance offered by the Council of Europe in supporting the recent elections in Al... read more

Ukraine – forthcoming opinion – country visit

31/10/2017 - 01/11/2017
Kiev – a delegation of the Venice Commission will meet the Ukrainian authorities and other stakeholders in the framework of the preparation of an opinion on the provisions of the new Law on Education governing the teaching in/of languages spoken in Ukraine, requested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The delegation includes Venice Commission members and experts of the Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities and of the European Charter on Regional and Minority languages of the Council of Europe.

The draft opinion is on the agenda of the December 2... read more

Asia - Constitutional Justice

30/10/2017 - 02/11/2017
Seoul - The President of the Venice Commission participated in the International Symposium on "Constitutionalism in Asia: Past, Present and Future" organised by the Secretariat for Research and Development of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts (AACC).

Request for study – Organisation of American States

30/10/2017
On 24 october 2017 the Secretary General of the Organisation of American States Mr Luis Almagro requested that the Venice Commission drafts a study on the right to reelection.

2nd International Joint Conference on Electronic Voting - E-VOTE-ID conference

26/10/2017 - 27/10/2017
Bregenz, Austria – The Venice Commission is invited to participate in the Second International Joint Conference on Electronic Voting. This conference is one of the leading international events for e-voting experts from all over the world.

One of its major objectives is to provide a forum for interdisciplinary and open discussion of all issues relating to electronic voting. In 2016 the two previously bi-annually held conferences, EVOTE and VoteID, were merged into the annual E-VOTE-ID conference.

Promoting transparency and accountability measures for members of parliament – Conference by the PACE

26/10/2017 - 27/10/2017
Rome - A conference entitled “Promoting transparency and accountability measures for members of parliament” is organised by the parliamentary assembly of the council of Europe and hosted by the Italian parliament. The event is meant for the members of the parliament of Albania and the parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is held in Rome, Italy on 26-27 October 2017.

Ms Aurela ANASTAS, the Member from Albania will represent the Venice Commission at the conference and will give an overview of the development of the Albanian constitutional legislation in respect of parliamentary i... read more

Request for opinion - Armenia

25/10/2017
The Minister of Justice of Armenia requested an opinion of the Venice Commission on the draft law on referendums.

The draft opinion should be discussed by the December 2017 plenary session

Strengthening the capacities of women organisations – Workshop in Jordan

25/10/2017
Amman - A representative of the Venice Commission participated in the workshop on “Strengthening the capacities of women organisations”, organised by the Council of Europe North South Centre and gathering the Minister of Social Development, MPs and several high officials of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, MPs and numerous representatives of NGOs of Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria and several other countries.

The Venice Commission representative highlighted that equality in and before the law and the principle of non-discrimination were essential elements of the rule of law, and encoura... read more

Poland - forthcoming opinion - visit to the country

25/10/2017 - 26/10/2017
Warsaw – On 25-26 October, a delegation of the Venice Commission met the Polish authorities and other stakeholders in the framework of the preparation of an opinion on the amended Act on the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The request for opinion came from the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly on 4 May 2017.
The draft opinion is on the agenda of the December 2017 plenary session of the Venice Commission.

Albania - Constitutional Justice

20/10/2017
Tirana – The President of the Venice Commission participated in the international conference on “Europeanisation of the Constitutional Law and Constitutionalization of the European Law – challenges of the future” at the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Constitutional Court of Albania.

Albania - high level meetings

20/10/2017
Tirana - On the sidelines of the Conference at the occassion of the 25th anniversary of the Constitutional Court of Albania, President of the Venice Commission Mr Gianni Buquicchio held meetings with the President of the country Mr Ilir META, Speaker of the Parliament ‎Mr Gramoz RUCI and Prime Minister Mr Edi RAMA.

Armenia - Role of the Constitutional Courts in Overcoming Constitutional Conflicts - International Conference

19/10/2017 - 21/10/2017
Yerevan - The Constitutional Court of Armenia and the Conference of Constitutional Control Organs of the Countries of New Democracy (CCCOCND) has organised a conference on "The Role of the Constitutional Courts in Overcoming Constitutional Conflicts". Vice-President Ms Herdis Kjerulf Thorgeirsdottir will represent the Venice Commission on this occasion.

This activity falls in the framework of the Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by ... read more

Republic of Moldova - Seminar on electoral dispute resolution

19/10/2017 - 20/10/2017
Chisinau – Venice Commission organised a seminar on electoral dispute resolution in cooperation with the Central Electoral Commission Moldova (CEC), Centre for Continuous Electoral Training, and with the National Institute of Justice of Moldova. The 1st day of the seminar was for judges and CEC members (19 October), the 2nd - for CEC staff and lawyers of political parties (20 October).

This activity falls in the framework of the Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, funded by the European Union and the Coun... read more

Association of Mediterranean Ombudsmen - Training session

18/10/2017 - 19/10/2017
Casablanca – The Mediator of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Association of Mediterranean Ombudsmen (AMO) organise a training session for collaborators of the Ombudsmen members of the AMO. “The deontology of security forces and the rights of migrants during their migratory journey: the role of the ombudsmen institutions” is the theme of the training.

More than 20 collaborators from different Mediators Institutions will discuss on international standards and best practices with regard to the role of their Institution when dealing on the rights of migrants during their migratory journ... read more

Republic of Moldova – forthcoming opinion – visit to the country

17/10/2017 - 18/10/2017
Chisinau – A delegation of the Venice Commission met with the Moldovan authorities and other stakeholders in the framework of the preparation of the Opinion on party and campaign financing which was carried out on 17-18 October, jointly with OSCE/ODIHR and with the participation of a GRECO expert.

The request for the opinion came from the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly on 14 September 2017. The draft opinion is on the agenda of the December 2017 plenary session of the Venice Commission.

The preparation of this opinion falls in the framework of the Par... read more

Republic of Moldova - Statement by the President of the Venice Commission

13/10/2017
Strasbourg, Council of Europe - I have learned that the President of the Republic of Moldova has made very critical statements casting doubt on the judgments of the Constitutional Court and the impartiality of its judges. I would like to recall that in a democratic state, governed by the rule of law, criticisms of constitutional court decisions are permissible as long as they are respectful.

While freedom of expression is a fundamental value in a democratic state, the holders of public office must show restraint in their criticism. Disrespectful criticism, and in particular threat... read more

Request for an opinion - PACE - Poland

12/10/2017
On 11 October 2017 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in Resolution 2188 (2017), requested an opinion of the Venice Commission on the compatibility with the Council of Europe's standards on the rule of law of the Polish law of 12 July 2017 on the Ordinary Courts Organisation, as well as of the two draft laws recently submitted to the Sejm by the President of the Republic, on amending the law on the National Council of the Judiciary and on the Supreme Court.

The opinion will be submitted for adoption by the Plenary Session of the Commission in December 2017.

Rule of Law Checklist - endorsed by the Parliamentary Assembly

11/10/2017
Council of Europe, Strasbourg - The Assembly adopted two reports entitled " “The Rule of Law Checklist" of the Venice Commission" and "New threats against the rule of law in the member states of the Council of Europe - selected examples ". In this context the President of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buquicchio, presented the Rule of Law checklist to the Assembly.

The Parliamentary Assembly, after a debate with the participation of President Gianni Buquicchio, endorsed the Rule of Law checklist and decided to use it systematically in its work, particularly in the preparation of... read more

112th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

06/10/2017 - 07/10/2017
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista. The Venice Commission

- Was informed by Ms Arpine Hovhanissyan, Vice-President of the National Assembly of Armenia, on progress in the implementation of the revised Constitution of Armenia;

- Held an exchange of views with Mr Arthur Hovhannisyan, First Deputy Minister of Justice of Armenia, and adopted the opinion on the draft judicial code of Armenia, previously examined by the Sub-Commission on the Judiciary on 5 October 2017;

- Held an exchange of views with Mr Evgeni Stoyanov, Deputy Minister of Justice of... read more

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