Recent and Current Events

Estonia - Ombudsman's Role in a Democracy

18/09/2014 - 19/09/2014
Tallinn, Estonia - The Venice Commission will participate in the Conference on the "Ombudsman's Role in a Democracy" organised by the International Ombudsman Institute

Georgia – 2014 local elections: Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead – International conference

16/09/2014
Tbilisi - The Council of Europe and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) with the support of the Swiss Confederation and the U.S. Agency for International Development USAID organise a conference on "The 2014 Local Elections: Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead" on 16 September 2014.

The aim of the Conference is to draw lessons from the organisation and management of the 2014 local elections in view of their compliance with European and international standards and for further improving the electoral process in Georgia. Being the last of a series of conferences held... read more

Tunisia - Seminar on Electoral Disputes

10/09/2014 - 11/09/2014
Tunis - The Venice Commission contributes to a training session organised for judges from the Administrative Courts of Tunisia.

Joint with OSCE/ ODIHR Guidelines on Freedom Association

08/09/2014 - 11/09/2014
Warsaw - The Venice Commission participates in a civil society consultation meeting in Warsaw in the framework of the preparation of the Joint Guidelines on Freedom Association in cooperation with the OSCE/ODIHR Odihr. The theme of the meeting is “Enabling Legal Framework for Freedom of Association: Focus on Formation of Associations, Objectives and Activities, Liability and Sanctions”.
During a subsequent meeting, on 10-11 September 2014, the representatives of the Venice Commission and of the OSCE/ODIHR Panel on freedom of association meet to discuss the content of the draft Joint ... read more

“The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” – forthcoming opinion on constitutional amendments - visit to the country

08/09/2014 - 10/09/2014
Skopje – following a request for the Venice Commission’s opinion on a number of draft constitutional amendments, concerning, in particular, the composition of the Judicial Council, the powers of the Constitutional Court, the creation of a special financial zone and several other issues, a delegation of the Commission visits the country and meets with the authorities in order to discuss those amendments. The delegation will also hold discussions with representatives of opposition parties, professional associations and civil society.

Moldova - 20th Anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova

08/09/2014
Chisinau, Republic of Moldova - Mr Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission, will participate in the International Conference on "The role of constitutional justice in protecting the values of the rule of law" on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova organised by the Constitutiional Court of the Republic of Moldova.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice – Cambodia

07/09/2014
The Constitutional Council of Cambodia joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 91 members.

Electoral issues - 23rd annual conference of the ACEEEO

04/09/2014 - 06/09/2014
Bucharest - The Venice Commission will participate on the 23rd Annual Conference of the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO), which will take place on 4-6 September 2014, in Bucharest, Romania. The 23rd Conference will discuss two topics: 'Participation of Women in Electoral Process and Public Life' and 'Planning of a General Election’.

Montenegro - opinion request

02/09/2014
The authorities of Montenegro have requested opinions on:
1) The draft Law on Rights and Duties of Judges and Judicial Council;
2) The draft Law on Courts;
3) The draft Law on State Prosecutor’s Office and
4) The draft Law on Constitutional Court of Montenegro.

Kazakhstan – stability, peace and social cohesion through constitution – international conference

29/08/2014 - 30/08/2014
Astana - A delegation of the Venice Commission participates in an international conference organized by the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan on “Constitution: stability, peace and social cohesion”.

Serbia – forthcoming opinions – visit to the country

28/08/2014 - 29/08/2014
Belgrade – following the requests for the Venice Commission’s opinion on the draft amendments and additions to the Law on the High Judicial Council and on the Law on the State Prosecutorial Council of the Republic of Serbia, a delegation of the Commission plans to meet with the authorities in order to discuss the draft amendments.

Request for opinion – Serbia

28/08/2014
The Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia has requested The Venice Commission’s opinion on draft amendments modifying the Law on financing of political activities.

"The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” - request for opinion

05/08/2014
The Minister of Justice of "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on 7 amendments to the Constitution concerning, in particular, the Judicial Council, the competence of the Constitutional Court, and the State Audit Office.

Permanent Council of the OSCE

24/07/2014
OSCE, Vienna – The President of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buquicchio, addressed the Permanent Council of the Ogranisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and had an exchange of views with permanent representatives of participating States.

Ukraine - Constitutional amendments

07/07/2014 - 07/07/2014
The President of Ukraine, Mr Peter Poroshenko, requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine he had submitted to the Verkhovna Rada on 2 July. At its 99th Plenary Session the Venice Commission had, due to the urgency of the matter, authorised the rapporteurs to provide a preliminary opinion without waiting for its adoption by the plenary Commission.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice - Colombia

05/07/2014
The Constitutional Court of Colombia joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 90 members.

Georgia - Right to Privacy

04/07/2014 - 06/07/2014
Batumi - The Venice Commission participated in the 4th Black Sea Regional Conference on "Emerging Challenges to the Right to Privacy", organised by the Constitutional Court of Georgia with the support of the German Co-operation/GIZ.

OSCE/ODIHR - Political Party Expert Seminar

01/07/2014 - 02/07/2014
Warsaw – a Venice Commission expert participated in the 2014 Political Party Expert Seminar organised by the OSCE/ODIHR and moderated the discussions on the “Separation between the state and political parties”.

Georgia – forthcoming opinion – draft legislation on judiciary

30/06/2014
Tbilisi - A delegation of the Venice Commission is in Tbilisi following a request for an opinion from the Georgian authorities on several bills to amend the legislation on the judicial system. In this context, the delegation holds discussions with representatives of the Parliament, the Ministry of Justice, the High Council of Justice and the Supreme Court, as well as with professional associations and civil society.

Belarus – Constitutional justice

27/06/2014 - 28/06/2014
Minsk - Participation of Venice Commission representatives in the Conference on “Constitutional review: Modern Tendencies of Development and Improvement”, organised by the Constitutional Court of Belarus

Administration of elections - Misuse of administrative resources – International conference

26/06/2014 - 27/06/2014
Helsinki - The Venice Commission is organising in co-operation with the Ministry of Justice, the Parliament and the National Audit Office of Finland the 11th European Electoral Management Bodies Conference. This major electoral event will take place in Helsinki, Finland, on 26-27 June 2014. The core topic of the Conference is: “Combating the misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes”. Discussions will take place in a series of three plenary sessions and nine thematic working groups.

More than 90 participants, representatives of 26 countries and 5 international i... read more

Constitutional Justice - Joint Council

26/06/2014 - 27/06/2014
Upon invitation by the Constitutional Court of Georgia, the Venice Commission's Joint Council on Constitutional Justice held its 13th meeting in Batumi, which was opened and chaired by the President of the Constitutional Court of Georgia.
The Joint Council:
• elected Ms Kovacs (Constitutional Court of Hungary) as its co-president in respect of the liaison officers;
• held exchanges of views with representatives of the regional and linguistic groups co-operating with the Venice Commission and was informed about this co-operation;
• was informed about the progress of the pr... read more

Serbia – request for opinion

26/06/2014
The Minister of Justice of the Republic of Serbia requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the draft amendments and additions to the Law on the High Judicial Council and to the Law on the State Prosecutorial Council.

Tunisia – electoral complaints and appeals - Round table and workshop for administrative court judges

24/06/2014 - 26/06/2014
Tunis – A group of Venice Commission experts participates in a round table on electoral complaints and appeals process in Tunisia followed by a workshop for judges of administrative courts on complaints and appeals. These meetings are organised by IFES in co-operation with the Administrative Court and the Ministry of Justice of Tunisia with the support from the EU electoral assistance team, the Venice Commission and the Swiss Embassy in Tunisia.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice - Cameroun / Burundi

19/06/2014
Strasbourg - The Supreme Court of Cameroun and the Constitutional Court of Burundi joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 89 members.

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