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129th plenary session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

10/12/2021 - 11/12/2021
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista / online - The Venice Commission will hold its fourth and final plenary session of the year in a hybrid format. On the agenda are the draft opinions on Albania, Cyprus, Hungary, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

The session will announce the election of a new president of the Commission.

Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa (CCJA)

01/12/2021 - 02/12/2021
Algiers - The Venice Commission participated in the International Symposium marking the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Conference of African Constitutional Jurisdictions.

14th UniDem Med seminar – Good governance and quality of public administration - Videoconference

01/12/2021 - 02/12/2021
The Venice Commission organised the 14th UniDem Med Seminar entitled "Good governance and quality of public administration", in co-operation with the Ministry of Digital Transition and Administrative Reform of the Kingdom of Morocco. This seminar took place in the form of a videoconference on 1-2 December 2021.

Some 100 international experts and senior public officials from the Southern Mediterranean (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine* and Tunisia) attended the event. On the basis of presentations by international and regional experts, participants exchanged and s... read more

«EMERGENCY SITUATIONS: challenges of legal regulation in modern world» - XI International Congress of Comparative Law

Moscow/online - Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation organised the XI International Congress of Comparative Law entitled «Emergency situations: challenges of legal regulation in modern world».

Vice President of the Venice Commission Ms Claire Bazy Malaurie represented the Commission and delivered a report at the plenary session of the Congress on the “Key Issues and Problems of Emergencies in the View of the Venice Commission”.

KYRGYZSTAN – parliamentary elections – legal assistance to the PACE election observation mission

Bishkek - Representatives of the Venice Commission accompanied the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) election observation delegation to advise on the legal framework of the parliamentary elections of 28 November 2021 in Kyrgyzstan.

The delegation observed the opening, voting and counting processes of the elections.

SERBIA – Urgent Opinion issued

Strasbourg – Today the Venice Commission has issued an Urgent Opinion on on revised draft constitutional amendments on the judiciary of Serbia.

The opinion was prepared under the Expertise Co-ordination Mechanism in the framework of the joint European Union and Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”. It will be endorsed at the December 2021 plenary session (10-11 December 2021).

“State oversight of campaigning in referendums” - International conference

Kyiv - A representative of the Venice Commission participated online in an international conference entitled “State oversight of campaigning in referendums: Experience, lessons learned, and way forward”.

This event was organised by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) (Kyiv Office) with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Global Affairs Canada, and UK AID, and meant for representatives of electoral management bodies, political finance oversight institutions, as well as civil society representatives.

"Role and place of Judicial Councils in the judiciary and their current models" - International round table

Nur-Sultan - The Venice Commission organised, in co-operation with the High Judicial Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan, an international hybrid round table in Nur-Sultan entitled “The role and place of judicial councils in the judiciary and their current models”. The eventwaqs held to support the efforts of the High Judicial Council of Kazakhstan aimed at transforming the Council from an autonomous state institution to a judicial self-government body.

Participants from Kazakhstan as well as from Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan shared their experiences with the Euro... read more

GLOBAL FORUM ON DEMOCRACY - The role of Electoral Bodies in democratic governance

24/11/2021 - 25/11/2021
Mexico City – A representative of the Venice Commission participated in the Global Forum on Democracy on Electoral Management Bodies organised by the National Electoral Institute of Mexico on 24-25 November 2021 in Mexico City.

The Forum was organised with the support and cooperation of Kofi Annan Foundation, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIDH), International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA International), the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and the Organization of American St... read more

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