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Bulgaria - judicial reform


Strasbourg – The Minister of Justice of Bulgaria, Mr Hristo Ivanov, Deputy Minister Mr Petko Petkov and Bulgaria’s Permanent Representative with the Council of Europe, Ambassador Krassimira Beshkova, met with the President of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buquicchio, and the Secretary of Commission, Mr Markert, to discuss co-operation in the field of judicial reform in Bulgaria.

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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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