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Serbia and Montenegro


Representatives of the Venice Commission held an exchange of views with members of the Constitutional Commission charged with drafting the Charter for the future union of Serbia and Montenegro. The Charter is being elaborated under the March 2002 agreement between the FRY's two entities. The initial draft, prepared by the Venice Commission following the EU's request, has already been accepted as one of the basic texts for the Constitutional Commission's work. The first exchange of views took place on 16 July this year.

The Commission played an important role in developing the constitutional law of Bosnia and Herzegovina and drafting the Rambouillet Agreement, the Constitutional Framework for Kosovo and the Ohrid Framework Agreement in the "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".

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Covid-19 pandemic -
Emergency powers -
 What standards?


During the current Covid-19 pandemic, national governments are taking exceptional measures to slow down the spread of the virus. On numerous occasions, the Venice Commission examined the limits of such emergency powers. The Commission has consistently underlined that State security and public safety can only be effectively guaranteed in a democracy which fully respects the rule of law. Even in genuine cases of emergency situations, the rule of law must prevail.



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