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20th anniversary of the Greek Ombudsman institution

21/02/2019 - 22/02/2019
Senate Hall of the Hellenic Parliament, Athens – A delegation of the Venice Commission will participate in the international conference devoted to the 20th anniversary of the Greek Ombudsman.

Luxembourg – forthcoming opinion – country visit

Luxembourg - As part of the preparation of the opinion on the draft constitutional revision requested by the President of the Chamber of Deputies, a delegation from the Venice Commission traveled to Luxembourg to meet the Committee on Institutions and Constitutional Review, the Minister of Justice, the State Council, the judiciary, the mediator and NGOs.

New technologies in elections - International conference by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)

Brussels – The Venice Commission is invited to the conference entitled « Europe votes 2019: How to unmask and fight online manipulation”, organised by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).

With the European Parliament elections in May this year, and numerous other national elections in EU Member States scheduled for 2019, by means of inter alia this conference the EDPS is facilitating a conversation between data protection authorities, electoral regulators, audio-visual regulators, media and platforms in the fight against online manipulation and abuse of personal data in ... read more

Independence of judges and lawyers – Conference on global contemporary challenges

09/02/2019 - 11/02/2019
New York City – The Secretary of the Commission Mr Thomas Markert is invited to attend a conference “Contemporary Challenges to the Independence of Judges and Lawyers from a Global Perspective”. The event is organised by the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of the judges and lawyers Mr Diego Garcia-Sayan and the New York City Bar Association. The purpose of this meeting is to assess the challenges and threats vis-á-vis the existing United Nations Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary, adopted in 1985.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice - 14th meeting of the Bureau

Santo Domingo - The 14th meeting of the WCCJ Bureau was dedicated to the organisation of the 5th WCCJ Congress on on the topic “Peace and Constitutional Justice" (Algiers, September 2020) and support for Member Courts whose independence is endangered.

World Conference on Constitutional Justice - 1st training on CODICES and the Venice Forum

07/02/2019 - 08/02/2019
Santo Domingo, WCCJ organised a training for liaison officers on contributing to the CODICES database and the Venice Forum, followed by the 14th meeting of the WCCJ Bureau.

The Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic was hosting this event together with the Venice Commission acting as the Secretariat of the WCCJ. The training session was organised specifically for liaison officers from constitutional courts and equivalent bodies (constitutional councils and supreme courts) on using and contributing to the CODICES database and the restricted Venice Forum. Following a presenta... read more

SPAIN - Multi-project Voluntary Contribution

Council of Europe, Strasbourg – Today, Mr Manuel Montobbio, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Spain, and Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, signed a Multi-project Voluntary Contribution Contract.

This document foresees a voluntary contribution of 50.000€ for the activities of the Venice Commission.

HUNGARY – forthcoming opinion (administrative courts) – country visit

04/02/2019 - 05/02/2019
Budapest – A delegation of the Venice Commission will visit Hungary in the framework of the preparation of an opinion - requested by the Minister of Justice of Hungary - on the recent legislation introducing an administrative court system.

The delegation will have exchanges with the Minister of Justice, the National Office for the Judiciary, the National Judicial Council, the Constitutional Court, relevant parliamentary committees, professional associations of judges, the Hungarian Bar Association, as well as the civil society.

The draft opinion will be presented to th... read more

7th Annual meeting of Presidents of Monitoring and Advisory Bodies

Palais de l’Europe, Strasbourg – The 1st Vice-President of the Venice Commission Ms Herdis Thorgeirsdottir participated in the 7th annual meeting between the Presidents of Monitoring and Advisory Bodies and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

3d General Assembly of the Arab EMBs and international conference - electoral complaints and appeals

03/02/2019 - 05/02/2019
Sweimeh, Jordanie - The Venice Commission, the UN Development Programme’s Regional Electoral Support Project (UNDP) and the Independent High Electoral Commission of Jordan, assist the Organisation of Electoral Management Bodies of Arab countries in the preparation of the 3rd General Assembly of Arab EMBs and of the international conference on the electoral dispute resolution.

The conference will give an opportunity to the Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) from the Arab States to exchange views about the international principles and standards in the field of electoral complaints a... read more

Obituary – Mr Mourad Medelci, member of the Venice Commission in respect of Algeria

Algiers - The Venice Commission is saddened by the sudden death of its Algerian member, Head of Algeria's Constitutional Council Mr Mourad Medelci.

He was a widely recognised expert in constitutional law at home and abroad and an extremely appreciated member of the Venice Commission. He led the country's highest judicial body since September 2013 and sat in the Venice Commission since 18 October 2016.

At the next meeting of the Bureau of the World Conference of the Constitutional Justice in Saint Domingo on 8 February 2019 and March 2019 plenary session of the Venice Co... read more

TUNISIA – 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution

24/01/2019 - 25/01/2019
Tunis - The President of the Commission Mr Gianni Buquicchio will attend the ceremony of the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Tunisian Constitution.

The Constitution currently in force was adopted on 26 January 2014 by the National Constituent Assembly elected on 23 October 2011 in the wake of Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution. The Basic text of Tunisia was adopted by an overwhelming majority of 200 votes in favour, 12 against and 4 abstentions. On 27 January 2014, the Constitution was promulgated by the then President of the Republic, Mr Moncef Marzouki, the President of the NCA ... read more

e-Bulletin on Constitutional Justice and its database CODICES – call for tenders – proofreaders

Council of Europe, Strasbourg - The Venice Commission is looking for English/French proof-readers for its e-Bulletin on Constitutional Justice and its database CODICES.
Deadline for applications is Friday, 22 February 2019 by the end of the business day.
Details can be found in the link below.

“The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” – Request for opinion

Prime Minister of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” Mr Zoran Zaev requested an opinion of the Venice Commission on the Law on the Use of Languages.

PACE - Debate on fair referendums – Intervention by the President of the Commission

Council of Europe, Strasbourg - The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has debated the report on "Updating guidelines to ensure fair referendums in Council of Europe member States ", before adopting it. In this debate Mr Gianni BUQUICCHIO, President of the Venice Commission, presented the Commission’s work in the field.

GEORGIA – Request for opinion

Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia requested the Venice Commission‘s opinion on the concept of the legislative amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code of Georgia concerning the relationship between the prosecution and the police.

The draft opinion will be on the agenda of the March plenary session of the Commission.

117th Plenary session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

14/12/2018 - 15/12/2018
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista - The Commission:

- Held a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the Strasbourg attack of 11 December 2018;

- Held an exchange of views with Ms Klotilda Bushka, Secretary of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Assembly of Albania, and with Mr Oerd Bylykbashi, Representative of the Democratic Party, and adopted the Opinion on the draft Constitutional amendments of Albania enabling the vetting of politicians, previously examined by the Sub-Commissions on Democratic Institutions and on the Mediterranean ... read more

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