22/06/2018 - 23/06/2018
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista - The Council of Europe’s Venice Commission has just adopted an opinion on the compatibility with international human rights standards of the Hungarian government’s new “Stop Soros” draft legislative package as far as it affects NGOs. The opinion, jointly prepared with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE, assessed amendments to certain laws relating to measures to combat illegal immigration. The legal experts held an exchange of views with Mr Balázs Orbán, State Secretary of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s office.
Other plenary highlights include the adoption of the opinions on draft amendments to constitutional provisions on the judiciary of Serbia and on a draft law on amendments to the law of Montenegro on the Judicial Council and Judges. To this end, the Commission exchanged views with Ms Nela Kuburović, Minister of Justice of Serbia, and Mr Nikola Saranović, Deputy Minister, Director General at the Directorate for International Cooperation and Projects, Ministry of Justice of Montenegro. The opinions on the draft legislation related to the equality issues of Malta and to the financing of political entities and general elections of Kosovo were also adopted.
The Commission also held a preliminary discussion on the draft laws for the reform of the judiciary in Romania, in the presence of representatives of the President, the parliament and the Ministry of Justice of Romania.