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25 “Venice Principles” - Democratic ABCs for ombudsman institutions

Council of Europe, Strasbourg – Today the Venice Commission published a set of guidelines to protect ombudsman institutions, following various threats to these institutions in recent years. Ombudsman institutions are important for democracy, their services are free, and are thus accessible to individuals who cannot afford to pursue their complaints through the courts. They can take action independently against maladministration and alleged violations of human rights and hence play a crucial role with regard to the governments and parliaments which must accept criticism. As an interface betwee... read more

European Parliament – hearing on the rule of law

Brussels – The President and the Secretary of the Commission attended a hearing on the rule of law at the European Parliament organised by the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE).

118th Plenary session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

15/03/2019 - 16/03/2019
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista - In its first plenary session of 2019, the Venice Commission adopted the opinion on the introduction of a separate system of administrative courts in Hungary. Hungarian Justice Minister László Trócsányi attended the session on Friday 15 March.

Other adopted opinions concern the revision of Luxembourg’s constitution, legal provisions on the relationship between the prosecution and the police in Georgia and on the Judicial Council of North Macedonia.

The Venice Commission also adopted four thematic texts concerning: prin... read more

Statement by the President of the Venice Commission Mr G. BUQUICCHIO regarding GEORGIA

Strasbourg, Council of Europe - "The Venice Commission has received a request for an opinion from the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament regarding the appointment of Supreme Court judges. I welcome the willingness of the Georgian authorities to cooperate with us in order to establish clear and transparent criteria and procedures for the selection and appointment of these judges.

The Venice Commission will deal with this request speedily as it is conscious that it is urgent to have a full composition of the Supreme Court to ensure its effective functioning.

As concerns... read more

EU Political and Security Committee – visit to the Council of Europe

Council of Europe, Strasbourg – The President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio was invited to meet with the members of the EU Political and Security Committee. He gave a detailed picture of the Commission’s work in Europe and beyond, stressed the importance of the synergies between EU foreign policy and the Commission’s activities.

This Committee is a permanent EU body responsible for the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CSFP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The PSC is composed of member states' ambassadors based in Brussels and is chaired by t... read more

HUNGARY - „Constitutional EUdentity 2019: unity in diversity – common and particular values“ - International Conference

Budapest – The Venice Commission was invited to participate in an international conference organised by the Constitutional Court of Hungary entitled “Constitutional EUdentity 2019: unity in diversity – common and particular values”.

The President and the Minister of Justice of Hungary, the President of the European Court of Justice, the presidents of the Constitutional Courts of Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Republic of Slovenia as well as the President of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands and Vice President of the Italian Constitutional Court, addressed the Conferen... read more

Capacity building of the High Judicial Councils of the southern Mediterranean – Interactive seminar organised by EuroMed Justice

Strasbourg – The Venice Commission participated in the interactive seminar organised by EuroMed Justice – a programme funded by the EU – for the High Judicial Councils of the Southern Partnership Countries (SPCs), i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Israel Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine* and Tunisia. The seminar covered the following topics:

• European standards on the rule of law, independence, and impartiality of justice;
• Best practices and recommendations regarding the role of High Judicial Councils in defending judicial independence, impartiality, and self-governance;
• Curre... read more

Public Administration Reform in the southern Mediterranean - 4th UniDem Med coordination meeting

Rabat - The 4th coordination meeting of the UniDem project for the southern Mediterranean took place in Rabat of the 5th March gathering the national coordinators of the following partner countries : Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, Mauritania, Palestine* and Tunisia. The participants took stock of the 2018 seminars and discuss the priorities as regards the modernisation of the public administration. During the meeting the participants determined the topics, dates and venues of upcoming 2019 UniDem Med seminars.

The UniDem seminars were established for the Southern Mediterranean region i... read more

REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA - Parliamentary elections - Legal assistance to PACE elections observation mission

22/02/2019 - 25/02/2019
Chisinau - A delegation of the Venice Commission accompanied the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) election observation delegation to advise on the legal framework of the parliamentary elections of 24 February 2019 in the Republic of Moldova.

The delegation observed the opening, voting and counting processes of the parliamentary elections.

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