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Turkey - request for an opinion on the measures provided in the recent emergency decree-laws with respect to the freedom of the media.

02/12/2016 - 08/03/2017
At the request of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of PACE, the Venice Commission will prepare an opinion on the effects on the freedom of the media of the recent measures taken within the state of emergency. The opinion will be presented at the March 2017 Plenary Session in Venice.

EU and OSCE/ODIHR Election observation missions – follow-up to the recommendations

28/11/2016
Brussels - The Venice Commission is invited to participate in a meeting on the follow-up to EU and OSCE/ODIHR election observation missions, organised by EODS (Election Observation and Democratic Support, European Commission).

Ombudsmen and Mediators of the Mediterranean – 18th Training session of the Mediators members of AOM and AOMF

22/11/2016 - 24/11/2016
Rabat - The Venice Commission contributes to a training session for collaborators of the mediator institutions, members of the AOMF (Association of Ombudsmen and Mediators of Francophonie) and the AOM (Association of Mediterranean Ombudsmen). This event is organised by the Training and Mediation Exchange Center of Rabat and the Mediator Institution of the Kingdom of Morocco. The general subject of the session is “The Ombudsmen’s role in the protection of the rights of children on the move during their migratory journey”.

This contribution is funded through the Joint EU - Council of... read more

Armenia – forthcoming opinion – visit to the country

21/11/2016 - 22/11/2016
Yerevan, Armenia – A delegation of the Venice Commission will be travelling to Yerevan on 21-22 November 2016 to discuss the new draft law on the Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia.
The relevant draft opinion is on the agenda of the December plenary session of the Venice Commission.

WCCJ - World Conference on Constitutional Justice - Namibia

21/11/2016
The Supreme Court of Justice of Namibia joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 102 members.

Ukraine – forthcoming opinion – visit to the country

16/11/2016
Kyiv – A delegation of the Venice Commission is visiting the country to exchange views with the national authorities with regard to the new draft law on the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

The visit takes place in the framework of the preparation of the draft opinion on the above-mentioned draft law, requested by the President Poroshenko on 7 October 2016. The relevant draft opinion is on the agenda of the December 2016 plenary session of the Commission.

This activity falls in the framework of the Action Plan for Ukraine of the Council of Europe.

Armenia – forthcoming opinion – visit to the country

14/11/2016 - 15/11/2016
Yerevan – A delegation of the Venice Commission, together with representatives of the OSCE/ODIHR, will travel to Yerevan on 14 and 15 November to discuss the new draft law on political parties.
The relevant draft opinion is on the agenda of the December plenary session of the Commission.

This activity falls in the framework of the Programmatic Co-operation Framework (PCF) for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice - 4th Congress - site

14/11/2016
Vilnius - The Constitutional Court of Lithuania set up a web-site for the 4th Congress on "the Rule of Law and Constitutional Justice in the Modern World" (Vilnius, Lithuania, 11-14 September 2017).

OSCE/ODIHR - Annual meeting of the Core Group of Experts Political Parties

10/11/2016 - 12/11/2016
Warsaw - The Venice Commission participated in the annual meeting of the Core Group of Experts on Political Parties, organised by the OSCE/ODIHR on 10-11 November 2016.
The object of this meeting was to discuss the revision of the Joint Guidelines on Political Parties regulation.

Kosovo - Information seminar on co-operation with the Venice Commission

08/11/2016
Pristina – an information seminar is organised together with the Council of Europe Office in Pristina for the Constitutional Court as well as the Ministry of Justice of Kosovo. The aim of this seminar is to explain how co-operation with the Venice Commission works and how member states can request opinions and how constitutional courts may turn to the Venice Commission for an amicus curiae brief.

Slovakia - appointment of judges to the Constitutional Court

07/11/2016
Bratislava - Upon invitation by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, Mr Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buquicchio, met with the President of Slovakia, Mr Andrej Kiska, the Prime Minister, Mr Robert Fico, the President of Parliament, Mr Andrej Danko and the President of the Constitutional Court, Ms Ivetta Macejková, in order to discuss the issue of appointment of judges to the Constitutional Court.

Bulgaria - Presidential election - Legal assistance to the observation mission of the PACE

04/11/2016 - 07/11/2016
Sofia - A delegation of the Venice Commission accompanies the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) delegation to advise on the legal framework of the presidential elections scheduled on 6 November 2016 in Bulgaria. The PACE delegation is to observe the opening, voting and counting processes of the presidential elections.

Improving governance in the Southern Mediterranean through better functioning public service – Results of the 4th Campus UniDem Med

04/11/2016
Rabat – The 4th Campus UniDem Med seminar was organised by the Venice Commission at the request of and in cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Service and Modernisation of the Administration of the Kingdom of Morocco on theme of the “Reform of the General Statute of the Civil Service” on 30 October – 3 November 2016 in Rabat. The seminar examined four general topics:
(I) public service principles and values,
(II) strategic management of human resources,
(III) professionalization and training, and
(IV) ethics and deontology.
The Rabat meeting brought together ar... read more

Turkey – State of emergency decrees - Visit of the delegation of the Venice Commission

03/11/2016 - 04/11/2016
Ankara - following a request submitted in October by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a group of rapporteurs of the Venice Commission, accompanied by Secretary Thomas Markert, will visit Ankara in order to meet the local stakeholders and discuss with them emergency decrees adopted after the failed coup attempt. The opinion will be then drafted and submitted for adoption at the December 2016 plenary session of the Venice Commission.

E-Voting –Committee of Experts of the Council of Europe

03/11/2016 - 04/11/2016
Strasbourg - The Venice Commission took part in the 2nd meeting of the Ad-hoc Committee of Experts on Legal, Operational and Technical Standards for E-Voting (CAHVE).

Austria - Electoral Seminar on Election Observation and Follow-up of Recommendations

02/11/2016 - 02/11/2016
Vienna - Upon invitation from the OSCE/ODIHR, Mr Richard Barrett, member of the Venice Commission on behalf of Ireland, participated in a seminar on the follow-up of recommendations issued by international election observation missions.

Moldova – Forthcoming opinion - Visit to the country

02/11/2016 - 03/11/2016
Chisinau - A delegation of the Venice Commission (including experts from DGI) will visit Moldova on 2 and 3 November 2016 to discuss two draft laws supplementing and amending the existing legislation on " security mandates. " The delegation will be received by the Moldovan authorities, and meet with local stakeholders.

After the visit, a draft opinion will be submitted for adoption by the next plenary session of the Venice Commission to be held in December.

Reform of the General Statute of the Civil Service - 4th Seminar UniDem Med

31/10/2016 - 03/11/2016
Rabat - the Venice Commission in cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Service and Modernisation of Administration of the Kingdom of Morocco, organises the 4th Seminar UniDem Med (Universities for Democracy for the Southern Mediterranean). The theme of the seminar is the reform of the general statute of the public service.

50 participants of the seminar are senior government officials from the MENA region (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestinian National Authority, Tunisia) as well as experts from the two shores of the Mediterranean. The working ... read more

Romania - parliamentary and judicial control of the intelligence and security services

31/10/2016
Bucharest - Conference on "Parliamentary and judicial control of the intelligence and security services - Romania and the EU", co-organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Foundation in Romania and the National Union of Judges of Romania. Iain Cameron, a member of the Venice Commission in respect of Sweden, will present the work of the Venice Commission in this area.

Republic of Moldova – legal assistance to the PACE – observation of the presidential elections (1st round)

29/10/2016 - 31/10/2016
Chisinau - A delegation of the Venice Commission accompanies the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) delegation to advise on the legal framework of the presidential elections held on 30 October 2016 in the Republic of Moldova. The PACE delegation is to observe the opening, voting and counting processes of the presidential elections.

Request for amicus curiae opinion – Albania - "Vetting Law"

25/10/2016
The Constitutional Court of Albania, after suspension of the Law on “The transitional re-evaluation of judges and prosecutors in the Republic of Albania” (“Vetting Law”), decided to request the Venice Commission to give an Amicus Curiae Opinion on this law.

Latin America – International conference on constitutional reform and democratic stability and the Sub-Commission on Latin America

24/10/2016 - 25/10/2016
Lima, Peru – The Venice Commission, in cooperation with the Constitutional Court of Peru, organises an international conference entitled “Constitutional reform and democratic stability: the role of Constitutional Courts”. The President of the Venice Commission, as well as a delegation of members of the Commission will attend this even, together with judges and other representatives of more than 10 countries of Latin America.

The Conference will be followed by a meeting of the Sub-Commission on Latin America of the Venice Commission; the President of the Inter-American Court of Hum... read more

Election observation missions - Regional conference on the follow-up recommendations

24/10/2016 - 25/10/2016
Venice - The Venice Commission participated in a regional conference related to the follow-up given to recommendations made by international election observation missions.

This activity falls in the framework of the Programmatic Co-operation Framework (PCF) for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.

Armenia - Constitutional Justice

20/10/2016 - 23/10/2016
Yerevan - Conference on “The role and importance of constitutional courts decisions in addressing legislative gaps and legal uncertainty” co-organised by the Constitutional Court of Armenia, the Venice Commission and the Conference of the Constitutional Control Organs of the Countries of New Democracy.

This Conference is financed by the CoE/EU programme : “Programmatic Cooperation Framework in the Eastern Partnership Countries” .

Uzbekistan - Establishment of national human rights institutions - conference

20/10/2016 - 21/10/2016
Tashkent – a Venice Commission representative participated in a conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the establishment of national HR institutions of Uzbekistan. The event’s title was as follows: "National system of ensuring reliable protection of human rights and freedoms in Uzbekistan: achievements over the years of independence".

Poland - Constitutional Tribunal

17/10/2016
Gdansk – The President of the Venice Commission, Mr Buquicchio, participated in the Conference on “The Constitutional Court as Guardian of Constitutional Values” co-organised by the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland and the Mayor of Gdansk, held in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland. In his welcome speech, Mr Buquicchio informed the participants about the adoption of the Commission’s Opinion on the Act on the Constitutional Tribunal on 14 October 2016.

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