Mediterranean basin – Recent events
The Venice Commission takes part in the 3d General Assembly of the Arab Electoral Management Bodies
Sweimeh, Jordan - 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.
The Role and Place of Independent Bodies in a Democratic State : 6th Intercultural Workshop on Democracy
Tunis, Tunisia - 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
More information about the workshop
List of Intercultural workshops
Transformation and Innovation in the Senior Civil Service - 8th UniDem Med
Tunis, Tunisia - 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.
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Morocco - Preliminary requests of constitutionality - Meetings at the Ministry of Justice and Freedoms and the Constitutional Court
Rabat, Morocco - 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".
Improving the relations between the Administration and the Citizens - 7th UniDem Med
Rabat, Morocco - From 23 to 26 of April 2018, the Venice Commission organised in cooperation with the Ministry of the Reform of the Administration and the Civil Service of the Kingdom of Morocco, the 7th UniDem Med Regional Seminar. It was entitled "Improving the relations between the administration and the citizens : a democratic imperative" and it brought together senior public officials and experts from Europe and the Southern Mediterranean - Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. Debates intended to highlight existing international and national standards, mechanisms and good practices aimed to increase the users’ satisfaction. Participants also discussed critical issues such as simplification of procedures, change management, e-governance and digital transformation, access to data and various complaints management systems. UniDem Med is funded by the joint Council of Europe-European Union program "Ensuring Sustainable Democratic Governance and Human Rights in the Southern Mediterranean", South Programme III.
List of UniDem Med seminars
Symposium of the Union of Arab Constitutional Courts and Councils
Cairo, Egypt -The President of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buquicchio took part in the Symposium of the Union of Arab Constitutional Courts and Councils, organised in Cairo, Egypt. The Symposium was entitled “Latest developments in Arab world: experiences of the Arab constitutional judiciary in the field of the right to Equality, religious and cultural freedom”.
Security in Elections - 15th Conference of Electoral Management bodies
Oslo, Norway - Representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and the Organisation of the Arab Electoral Management Bodies (Arab EMBs) took part in the 15th Conference of Electoral Management Bodies organised from 19 to 20 April 2018 by the Venice Commission in co-operation with the Section for Elections of the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation of Norway. The Conference was dedicated to “Security in Elections”. The Conference gathered electoral administrators and experts from the Venice Commission’s 61 member States and beyond. The EMB Conferences' primary aim is to pool and share knowledge and expertise on international standards, domestic legislation and good practice in the electoral field in general.
Website of the Conference
Role of women in the civil service and in the economic sector - 7th UniDem Med
Algiers, Algeria - The Venice Commission organised in cooperation with the Algerian Constitutional Council and the Directorate General of the Civil Service and the Administrative Reform of Algeria (DGFPRA), the 6th UniDem Med entitled "Women and the labor market". The seminar took place in Algiers, from 7 to 8 November 2018 and brought together senior public officials and experts from Europe and the Southern the Mediterranean - Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. Participants discussed issues related to the principles of equality, the constitutional and legal framework and good practices in the area of women's empowerment in the civil service and in the economic sector also in the light of the 2016 constitutional reform in Algeria.
Documents of the seminar