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Albania – Forthcoming opinion - Visit to the country


Tirana - A delegation of the Venice Commission and the OSCE / ODIHR visited Albania as part of the preparation of the joint opinion on the draft law on the legislative initiative of citizens. The request for an opinion came from the Speaker of the Parliament of Albania, Mr Gramoz RUÇI, on 27 July 2018.

The draft opinion is on the agenda of the plenary session of October 2018.

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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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