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Poland – forthcoming opinion – visit to the country

08/02/2016 - 09/02/2016

Warsaw – a Delegation of the Venice Commission visited Poland to discuss with the authorities the amendments to the Act on the Constitutional Tribunal adopted on 22 December 2015. The visit took place in the framework of the preparation of an opinion requested by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on 23 December 2015.

The delegation meets the Administration of the President of Poland, the Ministry of Justice, the Constitutional Tribunal, the Supreme Court and Parliament, the National Council of the Judiciary and the Ombudsman.

The delegation is headed by the President of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni BUQUICCHIO and it will be accompanied by Mr Schnutz Rudolf DÜRR, Head of the Constitutional Justice Division of the Secretariat of the Venice Commission.

The following rapporteurs participate in the visit:

• Mr Christoph GRABENWARTER, Austria;
• Mr Jean-Claude SCHOLSEM; Belgium
• Mr Kaarlo TUORI, Finland.

Three other rapporteurs - Ms Veronika BILKOVA (Czech Republic), Ms Sarah CLEVELAND (USA) and Mr Michael FRENDO, Malta - cannot take part in this visit.

The draft opinion will be prepared and submitted for adoption by the next plenary session of the Venice Commission which takes place on 11 and 12 March 2016 in Venice.

For press contacts: Mr Panos KAKAVIATOS, Tel +33 (0)3 90 21 50 27; email:

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