Mediterranean basin – Recent events
Supporting the independent institutions of Tunisia
October-December 2019, Tunis, Tunisia
Tunis - As part of the joint Council of Europe-European Union project to support the independent institutions of Tunisia (PAII-T, 2019-2021), the Venice Commission organised several meetings and workshops in Tunis from October to December 2019. It organised on 3 October 2019 a meeting with representatives of Tunisian independent bodies to discuss the issues of strategic communication and ways to improve the visibility of the institutions. The seminar issued recommendations to be followed by the institutions in terms of internal and external communication. On 5 November 2019 the Commission organised another meeting to present before the independent bodies a diagnosis established by independent experts Ms Neila Chaabane and Mr Chafik Sarsar. This meeting was an opportunity to discuss the finalisation of the normative framework of the bodies as well as their establishment and operation, analysing the achievements, lessons learned and to deliver recommendations. A seminar organised by the Venice Commission on 17 December 2019 allowed to discuss the budgetary issues and the financial autonomy in the light of the new texts related to independent bodies, such as the Tunisian Law on Budget adopted in 2019.
Leading Innovation in the Civil Service : from Rule of Law Standards to Leadership : 10th UniDem Med
4-6/11/2019, Amman, Jordan
Amman - The Venice Commission, in co-operation with the Prime Ministry of Jordan /Institutional Performance and Policy Department and the General Personnel of Palestine, organised the 10th UniDem Med Regional Seminar entitled "Leading Innovation in the Civil Service : from Rule of Law Standards to Leadership ". This seminar brought together senior officials and experts from Europe and five Southern Mediterranean partner countries (Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia) to exchange best practices in terms of innovation and leadership in the civil service based on the respect of principles of Rule of Law and democracy. Participants discussred amongst others issues such as values of the civil service, ethics, transparency and integrity as accelerators for democratic reforms, the questions of enabling and measuring performance in the civil service as well as the best practices in terms of e-government.
Documents of the seminar
The High Councils of the Judiciary and the Independence of Justice -7th Intercultural Workshop on Democracy
28-29/10/2019, Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg - The 7th intercultural workshop on democracy, organised by the Venice Commission in co-operation with the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) under the French Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, focused on High Judicial Councils and the independence of justice. In new democracies, setting up High Judicial Councils is a mean of guaranteeing the independence and impartiality of the judiciary and safeguarding the rule of law and democracy. The workshop aimed at supporting the functioning of such Councils and ensure that Council of Europe standards on appointment and evaluation of judges, co-operation with prosecutor’s offices, and communication and training are applied. The workshop brought together leading experts on the independence of the judiciary from Europe and the Southern Mediterranean. It is part of the joint Council of Europe-European Union’s programme entitled “Ensuring Sustainable Democratic Governance and Human Rights in the Southern Mediterranean”, South Programme III.
Tunisian Authority of Sustainable Development and the Rights of Future Generations: the Venice Commisson adopts an opinion
21-22/06/2019, Venice, Italy
Venice - At its 119th session held from 21 to 22 June 2019, the Venice Commission adopted the opinion on the draft organic law on the Authority of Sustainable Development and the Rights of Future Generations. The chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Energy, Natural Resources, Infrastructure and the Environment, Ameur Larayedh, also participated in the Commission's session. The adoption of the opinion was preceded by a visit of the Venice Commission to Tunisia in April 2019 and adoption of the draft law on 13 June 2019 by the Assembly of People's Representatives. The opinion was delivered within the framework of the Tunisian Independent Institutions Support Project (PAII-T) funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe. This bilateral project (2019-2021) includes Tunisia's cooperation with the Venice Commission with regard to the finalisation of the regulatory framework of Tunisian independent bodies and workshops with experts from the Venice Commission to allow full exercise of the powers of the institutions. The official launch of the project took place on 20th of June 2019 in Tunis and was attended by the presidents of all the independent institutions and senior Council of Europe representatives.
Text of the opinion
Towards a public service closer to the citizens: 9th UniDem Med
12-14/06/2019, Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech - The Venice Commission, in cooperation with the Ministry of Reform of the Administration and the Civil Service of the Kingdom of Morocco, organised the 9th UniDem Med Regional Seminar entitled "Towards a public service closer to the citizens: models and good practices ". The seminar brought together senior officials and experts from Europe and the Southern Mediterranean to exchange best practices in terms of bringing the administration and users closer together based on respect the rule of law and fundamental principles of the civil service. Participants discussed issues such as administrative deconcentration/decentralisation, accessibility and digitalisation of administrative services.
Final report (FR)
The Venice Commission takes part in the 3d General Assembly of the Arab Electoral Management Bodies
3-5/02/2019, Sweimeh, Jordan
Sweimeh - The Venice Commission, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Independent High Electoral Commission of Jordan, supported the Organisation of Electoral Management Bodies of Arab countries in the preparation of the 3rd General Assembly of Arab Electoral Bodies (Arab EMB). The Assembly was followed by an international conference on the electoral dispute resolution. The conference gave an opportunity to the Electoral Management Bodies from the Arab States to exchange views about the international principles and standards in the field of electoral complaints and identify the key challenges facing the Arab EMBs and the judiciary in charge of the electoral dispute resolution.
Video on the opening of the 3d GA of the Arab EMBs
The Role and Place of Independent Bodies in a Democratic State : 6th Intercultural Workshop on Democracy
13-14/11/2018, Tunis, Tunisia
Tunis - The Venice Commission, in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia, have organised the 6th Intercultural Workshop on Democracy on "The role and place of independent bodies in a democratic state". This regional event is held in Tunis from 13 to 14 November 2018 brought together leading European experts and senior officials from independent bodies of Tunisia and other countries of the Southern Mediterranean. The debates focused on themes such as: relations of independent bodies with the executive, legislative and judicial powers, composition, technical skills, accreditation and funding of bodies etc. The workshop is funded by the Joint Council of Europe-European Union Programme "Ensuring the Sustainability of Democratic Governance and Human Rights in the Southern Mediterranean", South Program III.
Conclusions of the workshop
List of Intercultural workshops
10th Congress of the Association of Ombudsmen and Mediators of the Francophonie (AOMF)
06-9/11/2018, Brussels, Belgium
Brussels - The Venice Commission was invited to the 10th Congress of the Association of Ombudsmen and Mediators of the Francophonie (AOMF) held on 6 - 9 November 2018 in Brussels and Namur (Belgium). This Congress entitled “20 years supporting ombudsmen and the rule of law” was also the occasion to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the AOMF.
Transformation and Innovation in the Senior Civil Service - 8th UniDem Med
24-27/9/2018, Tunis, Tunisia
Tunis - the Venice Commission in cooperation with the Presidency of the Government of Tunisia organised the 8th regional UniDem Med seminar from 24 to 27 September 2018 on the following theme “Transformation and Innovation in the senior civil service - challenges and opportunities”. Aroudn 50 senior public servants from the MENA region (Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia) attended the seminar as well as experts from the two shores of the Mediterranean.
UniDem Med on Facebook
Morocco - Preliminary requests of constitutionality - Meetings at the Ministry of Justice and Freedoms and the Constitutional Court
18-19/9/2018, Rabat, Morocco
Rabat - At the request of the Ministry of Justice and Freedoms of the Kingdom of Morocco, a delegation from the Venice Commission met with the Moroccan authorities to prepare the draft organic law on the preliminary question of constitutionality and more specifically on the issues related to the implementation of the exception of unconstitutionality. The delegation was composed of members of the Venice Commission and members of Constitutional Courts of France and Italy. The Venice Commission delegation also met with the members of the Constitutional Court to exchange national views and experiences on the preliminary question of constitutionality. This activity is part of the joint Council of Europe - European Union program "Ensuring the sustainability of democratic governance and human rights in the southern Mediterranean".