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53rd Plenary Meeting of the Commission (Venice)

13/12/2002 - 14/12/2002

The Commission, following a request from the Parliamentary Assembly, examines the constitutional situation in Liechtenstein where two initiatives for amending the Constitution have been launched, one by the Princely House and the other by a citizens’ initiative.
Following a request from the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Commission will also examine the constitutional amendments proposed for Kyrgyzstan.
Other issues include future co-operation with Ukraine and Serbia and Montenegro on revising their constitutions and the draft law on national minorities of Croatia. The Commission also examines the law on elections of Moldova and the draft revised Election Code of Azerbaijan.

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