Recent and Current Events
By letter dated 8 October 2021, the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of Serbia, Ms Marija Obradovic, requested an opinion of the Venice Commission on the revised draft law on referendum and the people’s Initiative. During the 128th plenary session, the Commission authorised the preparation of this Urgent Opinion and its publication prior to the 129th plenary session (10-11 December 2021).
On 24 September 2021, the Commission had issued an urgent opinion on the first draft of this law, submitted for opinion by Minister Obradovic on 2 August 2021. This opin... read more
By letter dated 24 September 2021, the Chair of the Committee on the Organization of State Power, Local Self-Government, Regional Development and Urban Planning of the Parliament of Ukraine, Mr. Andrii Klochko, requested an opinion on the draft law of Ukraine “On Improving the Procedure for Establishing the Impossibility of Holding National and Local Elections, All-Ukrainian and Local Referenda in Certain Territories and Polling Stations”.
The Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR will prepare the opinion on this draft law jointly. It will be on the agenda of the 129th plenary sess... read more
15/10/2021 - 16/10/2021
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista /online - Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 128th Plenary Session was held in a hybrid form, in Venice and online.
The Venice Commission:
- Adopted the amicus curiae Brief for the Constitutional Court of Albania on the competence of the Constitutional Court regarding the validity of the local elections held in Albania on 30 June 2019;
- Held an exchange of views with Mr Arman Tatoyan, Ombudsman of Armenia, and Mr Vache Khalashyan, Acting Head of the Civil Service Office in the Prime Minister’s Office (online... read more
72nd meeting of the Council for Democratic Elections
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista
14/10/2021 - 15/10/2021
Maputo/online - The Venice Commission participate the International Symposium on the “Transparency of Elections in Africa” organised by the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa and the Constitutional Council of Mozambique.
05/10/2021 - 06/10/2021
The Venice Commission organised the 13th UniDem Med Seminar entitled "Public Administration facing the COVID 19 Pandemic: Modernisation and digital innovations", in co-operation with the General Personnel Council of Palestine*. This seminar took place in an hybrid format on 5-6 October 2021.
More than 150 international experts and senior public officials from the Southern Mediterranean (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia) participated online in the event, in addition to 70 face-to-face participants in Palestine*.
Based on presentations by European and regional ... read more
Tashkent - The Venice Commission took part in the International conference “UZBEKISTAN: FIVE YEARS OF REFORMS” organised on 5 October 2021 in Tashkent as a hybrid event. The conference focused on the reforms carried out by the Republic of Uzbekistan since the adoption of the Strategy of Actions 2017-2021.
The Vice President of the Venice Commission, Mr Philip Dimitrov, intervened in the first session of the conference entitled “Improving the state of society construction, scope of reforms to ensure the rule of law”.
The participation of the Venice Commission in this eve... read more
The Supreme Court of Sweden joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 118 members.
Tonight, the debates moderated by Patrick Cohen "The rule of law in the face of crises" took place at the French Constitutional Council. The event brought together French and international personalities:
• Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, 2020 Sakharov Human Rights Prize;
• Dr. Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize;
• Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice;
• Cynthia Fleury, philosopher and psychoanalyst;
• Denis Podalydès, Member of the Comédie-Française accompanied by Sébastien Boudria, musician and composer.
The President of the Venice Commissio... read more