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Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe - Presentation of the 2018 Annual Report of Activities of the Commission – New member State


Council of Europe, Strasbourg - The President of the Venice Commission, Mr Gianni Buquicchio, presented the annual report of activities of the Commission accomplished in 2018.

The presentation was followed by an exchange of views with the Ambassadors of the member and observer States of the Council of Europe.

Canada’s request to become a full member of the Commission was approved by the Committee of Ministers.

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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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