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Request for opinion – Uzbekistan – draft electoral code

By the letter dated 5 July 2018, the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan Mr Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov requested a joint opinion of the OSCE/ODIHR and the Venice Commission on the draft electoral code of Uzbekistan.

The draft opinion will be on the agenda of the October 2018 plenary session of the Venice Commission.

Request for opinion – Albania

The Speaker of the Parliament of Albania Mr Gramoz RUÇI requested the Venice Commission’s opinion on the draft law “on the Legislative Initiative of Citizens in the Republic of Albania”.

Ukraine - Testing of the training course for judges "Election Dispute Resolution"

19/07/2018 - 20/07/2018
Odessa - the Venice Commission’s branch of the Council of Europe's Office in Ukraine, together with the National School of Judges of Ukraine, launched the training course "Election Dispute Resolution".

The course includs such topics as:
• International standards and principles of democratic election,
• Overview of national election law. Classification of electoral disputes during the election process,
• Peculiarities of conduct on election rights and referendum under the rules of the CAJU, and
• ECtHR practice in electoral disputes.

The judges of adm... read more

Ukraine - 2nd round of regional meetings on the draft Electoral Code

13/07/2018 - 27/07/2018
Following the 1st round of successful public discussions in Vinnitsa and Chernihiv (cf. news of 15-16 June 2018), several regional meetings on the draft Electoral Code of Ukraine were held in the course of the month of July 2018.

These activities took place in the following locations: in Rivno - on 13 July, in Chernivcy – on 16 July, in Khmelnitskyi – on 17 July, in Odessa - on 19 July, Mikolaiv – on 24 July, in Kherson - on 25 July, in Zaporijia – on 26 July and Kropyvnytskyi - on 27 July 2018.

The deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, deputies and representatives... read more

Romania - Preliminary Opinion on draft amendments to judicial laws

Strasbourg, Council of Europe – Today the Venice Commission has released its preliminary opinion on draft amendments to three Romanian laws concerning the judiciary, which had been submitted to its assessment by the President of Romania and the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council or Europe.

In accordance with the procedure for preliminary opinions in urgent cases, the Commission authorised the rapporteurs to issue the opinion and send it to the Romanian authorities, after consultation of the Bureau. The Commission is expected to endorse the Opinion wi... read more

Andorra - Constitutional Justice

12/07/2018 - 13/07/2018
Andorra – The Venice Commission participates in the conference on « The Constitutional Courts : a warranty of the democratic quality of societies ? » at the occasion of the the 25th anniversary of the Constitutional Court of Andorra.

Constitutional justice- Azerbaijan

Baku – A delegation of the Venice Commission will participate in the Conference on “The state governed by the rule of law and constitutional justice: values and priorities” at the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Constitutional Court of Azerbaijan.

“Women in politics: how to progress towards equality?” - Regional conference

Rabat –The Venice Commission is invited to participate in the Regional Conference on “Women in politics: how to progress towards equality?” organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) at the invitation of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Ms Herdis Thorgeirsdóttir, 1st Vice-President of the Commission, will contribute to the following subject: “Mechanisms to promote the representation of women”; Ms Lydie Err, Chair of the Venice Commission Sub-Commission on gender equality will contribute to the session devoted to: “The role of political parties... read more

Romania - reform of Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code - Secretary General calls on Romania to wait for Venice Commission opinion

Strasbourg, Council of Europe - The Secretary General of the Council of Europe made the following statement today:

“I call upon all parties concerned to wait for the Venice Commission’s Opinion, and to take it into account, before any further steps are taken to amend Romania’s Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code.

This reform risks contradicting Romania’s international obligations, notably under the Council of Europe Criminal Law Convention on Corruption, as identified by the recent ad hoc report of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). As a member State o... read more

Albania – workshop on electoral administration

Tirana – An expert of the Venice Commission took part in a workshop on electoral administration of the Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee on Electoral Reform which was organised with the support of the OSCE/ODIHR. This workshop brought together the Co-chairs and members of the Ad Hoc Committee on Electoral Reform, the Chair and members of the Central Election Commission, representatives of the international organisations present in Tirana, the civil society as well as national and international election experts. The expert made a presentation focusing especially on the question how to draft the i... read more

Exchange of views with the Minister of Legal Protection of the Netherlands

Strasbourg, Council of Europe – The President and the Secretary of the Venice Commission Mr Gianni BUQUICCHIO and Mr Thomas MARKERT, respectively, exchanged views with the Dutch Minister of Legal Protection Mr Sander DEKKER, on the recent activities of the Commission.

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

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