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Fourth Intercultural Workshop - Democracy on Transparency and the Rule of Law


Rome - The Venice Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy organised the Fourth Intercultural Workshop on Democracy held in Rome on 9 October 2014 on the topic: “Transparency and the Rule of Law as Pre-conditions of Equitable and Sustainable Development”. This event, funded by the Italian authorities, enable representatives of the authorities and of the civil society of Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon and other Arab countries to debate on this important topic with representatives of the Venice Commission and with Italian and international experts.

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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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