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Poland - Regional Roundtable on Election Dispute Resolution

09/03/2015 - 10/03/2015
Warsaw - At the invitation of the Office for Democratic Institutions and human Rights of the OSCE (the OSCE/ODIHR), a representative of the Venice Commission intervenes at a Roundtable on Election Dispute Resolution. This Roundtable is organised for representatives of the countries beneficiaries of the Eastern Partnership Facility Programme of the European Union. Judges, representatives of the civil society and media take part in this event.

Freedom of Association – Launching of the Guidelines

05/03/2015
Geneva - the Venice Commission will participate in a launch event of Venice Commission/ODIHR Joint Guidelines on Freedom of Association, hosted by Switzerland. The President of the Venice Commission, the Director of OSCE/Odihr and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association participate in the event.

Kiev - Conference on reform of the Law on Local Elections of Ukraine

27/02/2015 - 27/02/2015
Kiev, Ukraine - The Secretary of the Commission, Thomas Markert, will make an opening speech at the Conference on reform of the Law on Local Elections: Problems and Solutions, organised by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Committee of Voters of Ukraine.

Japan - Visit of the President of the Venice Commission

12/02/2015 - 16/02/2015
Tokyo, Nagoya - The President of the Venice Commission, Gianni Buquicchio, was invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to come to Japan to hold an exchange of views with the Japanese authorities. Accompanied by Thomas Markert, Secretary of the Commission, President Buquicchio will meet Mr Itsuro Terada, Chief Justice of Japan, as well as members of parliament and representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Agency for International Co-operation.

On 13 February Mr Buquicchio will give a lecture on the Venice Commission at the Center... read more

Human rights and electoral standards – international conference

11/02/2015 - 12/02/2015
Atlanta, USA – Venice Commission participates in an international conference on Human Rights and electoral standards organized by the Carter Center - one of the leading American NGOs advancing inter alia democracy, human rights.

The participants will discuss, among other issues, co-operation and co-ordination between election observers and human rights mechanisms, use of modern IT tools by electoral observation missions and interaction between national actors and international organisations during the election observation.

Asian system of human rights protection

08/02/2015
Nagoya – Upon invitation of the University of Nagoya / CALE, the Head of the Constitutional Justice Division of the Secretariat of the Venice Commission will participate in the international symposium on “Multi-layered Constitutionalization in the Context of Integration in East Asia”. This event is a follow-up to the 3rd Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice at which the President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Korea proposed the establishment of an Asian Court of Human Rights. This proposal was welcomed in the Seoul Communiqué adopted at the Congress. ... read more

Request for opinion - Peru

06/02/2015
The Vice-Minister of Justice of Peru requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on several draft laws, notably on:
- draft law on anti-discrimination,
- draft law on same-gender unions,
- draft amendments to provisions of the Criminal Code on discrimination and hate crimes.

Republic of Moldova - forthcoming opinion on the Draft law on Prosecution service

05/02/2015 - 06/02/2015
Chisinau - A delegation of the Venice Commission visits the Republic of Moldova to hold discussions with representatives of the authorities (the Ministry of Justice, the Parliament, the General Prosecutor’s Office, and the Prosecutorial Council) as well as of the association of prosecutors and the civil society. Meetings will also be held with International Organisations’ representatives in Chisinau.
The delegation includes one expert of the Council of Europe’s Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law and a representative of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human ... read more

Request for an opinion – Italy – Trento Province

05/02/2015
The Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers transmitted to the Venice Commission a request by the Provincial Council of the Trento Province for an Opinion on a Citizens' Initiative Bill on Public Participation, Citizens' Initiative, Referendums and Popular Initiative and Amendments to the Provincial Electoral Law.

Venice Commission – Ukraine: Constitutional reform to be tackled urgently

05/02/2015
Council of Europe, Strasbourg - Consultations in Kyiv on 3-4 February 2015 between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko and the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Groysman, with a delegation of the Venice Commission, headed by its President, Gianni Buquicchio, focused on constitutional reform, reform of the judiciary and decentralisation. The Venice Commission delegation also met representatives of political forces represented in the Verkhovna Rada and the President of the Constitutional Court Yuriy Baulin.

Th... read more

Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities – Launching of the Guidelines

04/02/2015
Brussels - the Venice Commission participates in the Launch event of the Joint Venice Commission/OSCE/ODIHR Odihr Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities, hosted by the European Parliament.

Africa – Constitutional Justice

04/02/2015 - 05/02/2015
Maputo – 6th meeting of the Executive Bureau of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa.
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Ukraine – visit by Venice Commission delegation headed by its President

03/02/2015 - 04/02/2015
Kyiv – President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio, Secretary of the Commission Thomas Markert, and the Commission Member Hanna Suchocka visited Ukraine and met with the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Groysman and Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko to discuss cooperation in the constitutional, judicial and electoral fields.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice - Kuwait

02/02/2015
The Constitutional Court of Kuwait joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 95 members.

Meeting on electoral reform in Ukraine

27/01/2015 - 28/01/2015
Strasbourg.- A group of experts from Ukraine met in Strasbourg with the Venice Commission and representatives from the Council of Europe to discuss on the electoral reform in Ukraine.

Albania - Visit by the President of the Venice Commission

26/01/2015 - 28/01/2015
Tirana - The President of the Venice Commission is in Tirana to participate in a conference organised by the Institute of European Studies on the topic :" Venice Commission and Albania, the dynamism of the Albanian legislation to European standards".

Mr Buquicchio will also hold meetings inter alia with the President, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice and several MPs of both the ruling majority and the opposition on the topics of the reform of the judiciary and the "decriminalisation of parliament".

A press conference will take place at on 28 January 13h00 at ... read more

Turkey - Towards a new constitution - Judicial independence, decentralised governance, methodology.

22/01/2015 - 22/01/2015
Ankara - The Venice Commission is organising together with the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) a Roundtable meeting “Towards a new Constitution: Judicial independence, decentralised governance, methodology”. The President of the Venice Commission, Gianni Buquicchio, and the Secretary of the Venice Commission, Thomas Markert, participate in the Roundtable.

Montenegro – request for opinion

24/12/2014
The authorities of Montenegro requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the revised draft law on the Public Prosecution Office and on the revised draft law on the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office in charge of high level corruption issues.

101st Plenary Session of the Venice Commission (Venice)

12/12/2014 - 13/12/2014
The Commission

- Adopted the opinion on the Law on non-governmental organisations (Public Associations and Funds), as amended, of Azerbaijan;

- Adopted the Amicus curiae brief for the Constitutional Court of Georgia on the question of the defamation of the deceased;

- Adopted the Amicus Curiae brief for the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova on certain provisions of the Law on professional integrity testing (anti-corruption law) of the Republic of Moldova concerning, in particular, constitutional court and ordinary court judges;

- Ado... read more
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