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116th Plenary session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

19/10/2018 - 20/10/2018
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista - The Commission:

- Held an exchange of views with Ms Vasilika Hysi, Vice President of the Parliament of Albania, and adopted the Joint Opinion of the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR on the draft law on the legislative initiative of citizens in Albania, previously adopted by the Council for Democratic Elections on 18 October 2018;

- Held an exchange of views with Mr Ararat Mirzoyan, First Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia, on future co-operation and was informed on the latest developments concerning the envisaged early ... read more

Statement of the President of the Venice Commission regarding Armenia

The President of the Venice Commission:

“Following the discussions between the Venice Commission and the First Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia at the 116th session of the Venice Commission

Acknowledges and supports the peaceful manner in which the Armenian people is carrying out change;

Acknowledges the specific situation in Armenia, which requires the holding of early elections;

Welcomes the commitment of the Armenian authorities to abide by international standards when revising the Electoral Code;

Notes that the proposed amendments pur... read more

Ombudsman Institutions - Venice Principles – 5th Meeting of the Working Group

Venice - This is the 5h meeting of the Working Group in charge of drafting a List of Constitutional and Legal Principles on Ombudsman Institutions, the so-called “Venice Principles".

The meeting aims at analysing the latest written comments to the 1st draft of the Venice Principles sent to the Secretariat of the Venice Commission. The meeting aims also to prepare the oral consultation of all stakeholders which will take place on 31 October 2018, in Paris.

"Election interference in the digital age – building resilience to cyber-enabled threats” - High-level conference

15/10/2018 - 16/10/2018
Brussels, European Commission - A Venice Commission representative participated in the High Level Conference on "Election Interference in the Digital Age. Building resilience to cyber-enabled threats."

Romania - Visit of the Minister of Justice

11/10/2018 - 11/10/2018
Strasbourg, 11 October 2018 – the Minister of Justice of Romania, Mr Tudorel Toader, visited the Secretariat of the Venice Commission. Mr Toader presented the possible content of a future Government Emergency Ordinance in the field of the judiciary, aiming inter alia to address some of the issues raised by the Venice Commission in its Preliminary Opinion of 13 July 2018 (CDL-PI(2018)007). The Preliminary Opinion is on the agenda of the forthcoming session of the Venice Commission on 19 October 2018.

“The future of international election observation” - High-level conference

10/10/2018 - 11/10/2018
European Parliament, Brussels – The Venice Commission will participate in a high level conference on “The future of international election observation”. This event is organised by the European Parliament's Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG) and the European External Action Service of the European Commission. The conference will discuss new challenges that observer organisations must take into account in their observation processes, including the use of digital technologies and social networks, but also violence during electoral processes.

Guidelines to ensure fair referendums

Council of Europe, Strasbourg –– The Venice Commission will intervene before the Committee on Legal Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on “Updating guidelines to ensure fair referendums in Council of Europe member States”.

Malta – request for opinion

10/10/2018 - 13/10/2018
The PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights requested the opinion of the Venice Commission on Malta’s constitutional arrangements and separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary and law enforcement bodies. Mr Owen Bonnici, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government, requested the opinion of the Venice Commission on Malta’s legal and institutional structures of law enforcement, investigation and prosecution in the light of the need to secure proper checks and balances, the independence and neutrality of those institutions and their staff whilst also securing the... read more

PACE / Hungary – request for opinion

The PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights requested the opinion of the Venice Commission on the compatibility with international human rights standards of the Hungarian Law of 20 July 2018 amending certain tax laws and other related laws and on the immigration tax.

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