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Romania - conference on national minorities protection


Cluj-Napoca - The Venice Commission participated in a conference, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania and the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, to celebrate 20 years since the opening for signature of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and 20 years since the ratification of the Convention by Romania. On this occasion, the Babes-Bolyai University awarded the President Gianni Buquicchio the title of Doctor Honoris Causa.

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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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