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116th Plenary session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

19/10/2018 - 20/10/2018
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

Ombudsman Institutions - Venice Principles – 5th Meeting of the Working Group

17/10/2018
Venice - This is the 5h meeting of the Working Group in charge of drafting a List of Constitutional and Legal Principles on Ombudsman Institutions, the so-called “Venice Principles".

The meeting aims at analysing the latest written comments to the 1st draft of the Venice Principles sent to the Secretariat of the Venice Commission. The meeting aims also to prepare the oral consultation of all stakeholders which will take place on 31 October 2018, in Paris.

"Election interference in the digital age – building resilience to cyber-enabled threats” - High-level conference

15/10/2018 - 16/10/2018
Brussels, European Commission - A Venice Commission representative participated in the High Level Conference on "Election Interference in the Digital Age. Building resilience to cyber-enabled threats."

Romania - Visit of the Minister of Justice

11/10/2018 - 11/10/2018
Strasbourg, 11 October 2018 – the Minister of Justice of Romania, Mr Tudorel Toader, visited the Secretariat of the Venice Commission. Mr Toader presented the possible content of a future Government Emergency Ordinance in the field of the judiciary, aiming inter alia to address some of the issues raised by the Venice Commission in its Preliminary Opinion of 13 July 2018 (CDL-PI(2018)007). The Preliminary Opinion is on the agenda of the forthcoming session of the Venice Commission on 19 October 2018.

“The future of international election observation” - High-level conference

10/10/2018 - 11/10/2018
European Parliament, Brussels – The Venice Commission will participate in a high level conference on “The future of international election observation”. This event is organised by the European Parliament's Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG) and the European External Action Service of the European Commission. The conference will discuss new challenges that observer organisations must take into account in their observation processes, including the use of digital technologies and social networks, but also violence during electoral processes.

Guidelines to ensure fair referendums

10/10/2018
Council of Europe, Strasbourg –– The Venice Commission will intervene before the Committee on Legal Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on “Updating guidelines to ensure fair referendums in Council of Europe member States”.

Democratic institutions – Ombudsman - AOMF

09/10/2018 - 11/10/2018
Rabat - In cooperation with the Association of Mediators and Ombudsmen of the Francophonie (AOMF), a seminar on « Managing newcomers” is organised by the Ombudsman Institution of Morocco and the Venice Commission. This workshop gathered collaborators of Ombudsman institutions for an exchange of experiences and best practices.

This activity is covered by the programme “Ensuring Sustainable Democratic and Human Rights in the Southern Mediterranean” funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.

Hearing on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights

09/10/2018
Strasbourg, Council of Europe – a representative of the Venice Commission will participate in a hearing on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, which will be held at the meeting of 9 October of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Voting in Elections and Referendums – between Right and Duty - international conference

08/10/2018 - 09/10/2018
Cairo - The Egyptian Council of State organised in collaboration with the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and the Arab Union of Administrative Judiciary an international conference entitled “Voting in Elections and Referendums – between Right and Duty”. This event gathered judges and academia from Egypt, other countries from the region and European experts who discussed such issues as guarantees of voters’ participation in elections, measures to enhance participation in elections and issues related to compulsory voting and international standards in the electoral field. The confere... read more

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