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Italy – Trento Province – Direct and participatory democracy

27/05/2015
Trento - A delegation of the Venice Commission meets the authorities of the Trento Province as a step in the preparation of the Opinion on a Citizens' Initiative Bill on Public Participation, Citizens' Initiative, Referendums and Popular Initiative and Amendments to the Provincial Electoral Law.

Romania – meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs

27/05/2015
Strasbourg, Council of Europe – Secretary of the Commission Thomas Markert meets the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania Bogdan Aurescu, the substitute member of the Venice Commission in respect of Romania.

Georgia - request for opinion

26/05/2015
The Ministry of Justice of Georgia requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the draft amendments to the law on the Prosecutor’s Office. The opinion will be prepared jointly with the experts of the OSCE/ODIHR and DG-I.

Programmatic Cooperation Framework (PCF) in the Eastern Partnership Countries – Training sessions on electoral dispute resolution for proxies

25/05/2015 - 29/05/2015
Chisinau – The Venice Commission in cooperation with the training Centre of the Central Electoral Commission of Moldova, organises four training sessions on electoral dispute resolution for proxies, i.e. delegates of political parties participating in the local elections. Three sessions are devoted to:

• best practices on electoral dispute resolution, case studies on campaigning and electoral advertising;
• best practices on electoral dispute resolution, case studies on election day and election results;
• electoral dispute resolution, case studies on: Republic of Moldova... read more

Georgia – constitutional reform

22/05/2015
Gudauri - Upon invitation by the Constitutional Reform Commission of Georgia (CRC), a delegation of the Venice Commission led by former Member, Ms Slavica Banic, Judge at the Constitutional Court of Croatia, discussed with the CRC judicial independence and the introduction of a full constitutional complaint to the Constitutional Court.

Judicial independence – OSCE

19/05/2015
Vienna - Upon invitation by the OSCE, the President of the Sub-Commission on Democratic Institutions, Ms Suchocka, presented the work of the Commission for the independence of the Judiciary to the OSCE Human Dimension Committee.

Armenia - Constitutional reform

18/05/2015 - 19/05/2015
Paris, Office of the Council of Europe - Members of the Professional Commission on constitutional reform in Armenia and members of the Venice Commission meet to discuss draft amendments to the first two chapters of the Constitution of the Armenia.

Assistance to the Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic

11/05/2015 - 12/05/2015
Bishkek – A workshop for judges and staff of the Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic on reasoning of judgements will take place on 11 May 2015 in Bishkek. The workshop will be followed by a Conference on the same topic for a wider public on 12 May.

The speakers – practitioners and theorists of state building - will present the experience of their countries and that of the European Court of Human Rights as well as a comparative analysis of the purpose and functions of constitutional reasoning.

These activities are organised jointly with the UNDP office in Bishke... read more

Africa - Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa

07/05/2015 - 10/05/2015
Libreville, Gabon - Mr Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission, participated in the 3rd Congress of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa (CCJA) on the topic "Constitutional Court and regulatory function".
  CCJA

Morocco - 15th Training session of collaborators of the Mediators members of the AOMF

05/05/2015 - 07/05/2015
Rabat - The Venice Commission contributes to a training session organised by the AOMF and the Mediator Institution of the Kingdom of Morocco in Rabat on 5-7 May 2015. The general subject of the session is " Simplification of administrative proceedings and access to public services".
This contribution is funded through the Joint EU - Council of Europe programme "Towards a Strengthened Democratic Governance in the Southern Mediterranean”

Romania - conference on national minorities protection

30/04/2015
Cluj-Napoca - The Venice Commission participated in a conference, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania and the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, to celebrate 20 years since the opening for signature of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and 20 years since the ratification of the Convention by Romania. On this occasion, the Babes-Bolyai University awarded the President Gianni Buquicchio the title of Doctor Honoris Causa.

Kyrgyzstan – Conference on constitutional amendment

28/04/2015
Bishkek – A Conference on “International experience on introducing Constitutional amendments and on Constitutional revisions” took place on 28 April 2015 in Bishkek.

The delegation of the Venice Commission was composed of its members and substitute members from Georgie, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Korea and Turkey. The speakers - leading constitutionalists in their countries - presented the experience of their countries in the field of constitutional reforms. The President of the Venice Commission addressed the participants by video message. This event provided a platform for the excha... read more

Financing of electoral campaigns: a challenge for the electoral processes in the countries of the Southern Mediterranean

27/04/2015 - 28/04/2015
The legislative and presidential elections recently held in Tunisia and the proximity of upcoming local elections appear as valuable elements to nourish a reflection on the issue of democratic processes.
The question of financing of politics and the electoral processes in particular emerged as a priority which inevitably affects the application of real democratic governance requiring the participation of citizens and institutions at all levels.
The aim of this meeting will be to examine and develop these reflections and to formulate concrete proposals which respond to the requiremen... read more

Republic of Moldova – request for opinion

23/04/2015
The newly elected People’s Advocate (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Moldova transmitted to the Venice Commission a request for an Opinion on the Law on the People’s Advocate (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Moldova.

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

21/04/2015
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

11/04/2015
Strasbourg - The Electoral Court of the Federal Judiciary of Mexico joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 96 members.

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

01/04/2015
An expert of the Venice Commission takes part in a technical roundtable on the rules of procedure of the Central Electoral Commission.

Georgia - request for opinion

01/04/2015
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.

Belgium - Constitutional Justice

01/04/2015
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

30/03/2015
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

29/03/2015
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

22/03/2015
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

21/03/2015
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.
  WCCJ

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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