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ALBANIA – forthcoming opinion – country visit

19/11/2018 - 20/11/2018
Tirana - A delegation of the Venice Commission will visit Albania in the framework of the preparation of an opinion on the draft constitutional amendments enabling the vetting of politicians, including through the assessment of relations of senior public officials with organized crimes. The delegation will have exchanges with representatives of the Albanian authorities, as well as civil society and international organisations’ representatives.

The opinion, requested by the Speaker of the Albanian parliament, will be submitted to the Venice Commission for examination and possible a... read more

UZBEKISTAN – electoral issues

16/11/2018 - 17/11/2018
Bukhara – A delegation of the Venice Commission participates in an international conference on “Election legislation and practice of democratic elections: the experience of Uzbekistan”, organised by the Central Election Commission of Uzbekistan.

The participants of the conference will discuss the draft Election Code and the implementation of recommendations from the Joint Opinion of the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODHIR on the draft text, adopted by the Commission at its October 2018 session.

HUNGARY – forthcoming opinion – country visit

15/11/2018 - 16/11/2018
Budapest – A joint delegation of the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR will visit Hungary in the framework of the preparation of an opinion on Section 253 (Special Tax on Immigration) of the Law of 20 July 2018 on amending certain tax laws and other related laws and on the immigration tax.

Turkey – forthcoming opinion – country visit

15/11/2018 - 16/11/2018
Ankara – a joint delegation of the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR will visit Turkey in the framework of the preparation of the opinion on the amendments to the electoral legislation and related “harmonisation laws” adopted in March and April 2018.

The delegation held meetings with the representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Board of Elections, the parties represented in Parliament, the Union of Bar Associations and the NGOs.

The request for this opinion came from the PACE Monitoring Committee. The adoption of the relevant draft opinion by the Venic... read more

KAZAKHSTAN - forthcoming opinion on the draft Concept Paper on the reform of the High Judicial Council - visit to the country

14/11/2018 - 15/11/2018
Astana - At the request of the authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a delegation of the Venice Commission will visit Astana on 14 and 15 of November 2018 with a view of preparing an opinion on the Concept Paper on the reform of the High Judicial Council of Kazakhstan.

The opinion will be presented for adoption at the December 2018 Plenary Session in Venice.

TUNISIA - The Constitutional Court must be established without delay

14/11/2018
Tunis – The President of the Venice Commission Mr Gianni Buquicchio has made the following statement:

"Constitutional courts are the guardians of constitutions. It is essential that the Constitutional Court provided for by the Constitution of Tunisia be established and begin to exercise its functions as soon as possible. I call on all the political forces sitting in the People's Representatives Assembly to elect without further delay the parliamentary quota of the members of the Court by a qualified majority, as stipulated by the Constitution, in order to ensure a pluralist compos... read more

TUNISIA – Meeting between the Venice Commission President and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia

14/11/2018
Tunis - On the sidelines of the 6th Intercultural Workshop on Democracy, the President of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buquicchio, and the Deputy Secretary of the Commission, Ms Simona Granata-Menghini, held an exchange of views with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia Mr Khemaies Jhinaoui.

They discussed the current political situation of Tunisia and agreed on continued cooperation in order to fully implement the Constitution, in particular by proceeding with the setting up of the Constitutional Court and the independent constitutional bodies.

Role and place of independent bodies in a democratic state - 6th Intercultural workshop of democracy

13/11/2018 - 14/11/2018
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 is bringing together leading European experts and senior officials from independent bodies of Tunisia and other countries of the Southern Mediterranean.

The debates focus on themes such as: relations of independent bodies with the executive, legislative and judicial powers, composition, ... read more

2nd Forum of Electoral Management Bodies in the Arab States

13/11/2018 - 14/11/2018
Cairo – The Venice Commission is invited to participate in the 2nd Forum of Electoral Management Bodies in the Arab States, organised by the League of Arab States and the UN.

XIIIth Inter-American Meeting of Electoral Authorities

07/11/2018 - 09/11/2018
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic –The Venice Commission is invited to participate in the XIIIth Inter-American Meeting of Electoral Authorities, organised by the Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO) of the Organization of American States (OAS).

The Inter-American Meetings of Electoral Management Bodies (RAE as per its Spanish acronym) promote the exchange of knowledge, experiences and successful practices in electoral administration within the region. The RAE, the only forum that brings together all the authorities of the hemisphere, seeks to provide an esta... read more

Civil society and youth – consultative meeting

07/11/2018 - 08/11/2018
Council of Europe, Strasbourg – Ms Veronika Bílková, Vice-President of the Venice Commission, participated in a consultative meeting entitled "Shrinking space for civil society and youth organisations: contemporary challenge and solutions?”.

The event was organised by the Youth department of the Council of Europe.

10th Congress of the Association of Ombudsmen and Mediators of the Francophonie (AOMF)

06/11/2018 - 09/11/2018
Brussels - The Venice Commission is invited to the 10th Congress of the Association of Ombudsmen and Mediators of the Francophonie (AOMF) to be held from 6 to 9 November 2018 in Brussels and Namur (Belgium). This Congress entitiled “20 years supporting ombudsmen and the rule of law” is also the occasion to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the AOMF.

GEORGIA – forthcoming opinion – country visit

06/11/2018 - 07/11/2018
Tbilisi - A delegation of the Venice Commission is in Georgia to exchange views with the authorities and other stake holders in the framework of the preparation of an opinion concerning the draft law on High Judicial Council of Justice and the Law on the Prosecutorial Council of Georgia.

PACE Conference - “Building democratic security in the Mediterranean: common challenges, shared responsibility”

06/11/2018
Dubrovnik – the President and the Secretary of the Venice Commission attended an international parliamentary Conference entitled “Building democratic security in the Mediterranean: common challenges, shared responsibility”. The event was organised by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.

MALTE – forthcoming opinion – country visit

05/11/2018 - 06/11/2018
Valletta – A delegation of the Venice Commission visited Malta in the framework of the preparation of an opinion concerning constitutional arrangements related to separation of powers, the independence of the judiciary and law enforcement bodies.

Constitutional justice – international conference

01/11/2018 - 02/11/2018
Yerevan - The President and the Secretary of the Venice Commission participated in an international conference entitled “The new millennium constitutionalism” organised by the International Analytical Center “Constitutional culture”, the Constitutional Court and the Centre of the constitutional law of the Republic of Armenia.

On the sidelines of the Conference, the delegation exchanged views with the high representatives of the government of the Republic of Armenia, inter alia with the Prime Minister Mr Nikol Pashinyan.

Ombudsman Institutions – “Venice Principles” – Meeting of stakeholders

31/10/2018
Paris - The Working Group will meet with International organisations and Ombudsman Institutions for an exchange of views on the Draft Principles on the Protection and Promotion of the Ombudsman Institution (“the Venice Principles”).

OSCE/ODIHR – Seminar on elections

30/10/2018
Vienna - The Venice Commission will participate in a seminar entitled “Election observation and election campaigns” organised by the OSCE/ODIHR.

GEORGIA – Presidential Election – Legal assistance to the PACE observation mission

27/10/2018 - 29/10/2018
Tbilisi - A delegation of the Venice Commission will accompany the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) election observation delegation to advise on the legal framework of the presidential election of 28 October 2018 in Georgia.

The delegation will observe the opening, voting and counting processes of the presidential elections.

MALTA – Meeting with the Minister of Justice

24/10/2018
Council of Europe, Strasbourg - In the framework of the preparation of an opinion for Malta, the President of the Venice Commission Mr Gianni Buquicchio and other representatives of the Commission, met with the Minister of justice of Malta, Mr Owen Bonnici.

SWEDEN makes voluntary contribution

24/10/2018
On 28 September 2018 the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (notably the Swedish International Development Agency “Sida”) made a voluntary contribution of 100,000SEK (30,000 €) to the Venice Commission’s budget for a number of specific activities. A further contribution of 200,000 SEK (approximately 70,000€) is foreseen in 2019 under the same agreement.

MEXICO makes voluntary contribution

23/10/2018
On 23 October 2018 the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a voluntary contribution of 50,000 € to the Venice Commission’s budget.

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 - The Commission:

- Held an exchange of views with Ms Vasilika Hysi, Vice President of the Parliament of Albania, and adopted the Joint Opinion of the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR on the draft law on the legislative initiative of citizens in Albania, previously adopted by the Council for Democratic Elections on 18 October 2018;

- Held an exchange of views with Mr Ararat Mirzoyan, First Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia, on future co-operation and was informed on the latest developments concerning the envisaged early ... read more

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