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Democratic control of the security services agencies

13/10/2015 - 14/10/2015

Strasbourg - Iain Cameron, a member of the Venice Commission, participated in a conference of the Council of Europe devoted to the right to freedom of expression; on this occasion, Mr Cameron introduced the Report of the Commission on the democratic control of the security services agencies collecting intelligence by electromagnetic means, as updated in March 2015.

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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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