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Role and place of independent bodies in a democratic state - 6th Intercultural workshop of democracy

13/11/2018 - 14/11/2018

Tunis - The Venice Commission, in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia, have organised the 6th Intercultural Workshop on Democracy on "The role and place of independent bodies in a democratic state".

This regional event was held in Tunis from 13 to 14 November 2018 bringing together leading European experts and senior officials from independent bodies of Tunisia and other countries of the Southern Mediterranean.

The debates focused on themes such as: relations of independent bodies with the executive, legislative and judicial powers, composition, technical skills, accreditation and funding of bodies etc.

The workshop was funded by the Joint Council of Europe-European Union Programme "Ensuring the Sustainability of Democratic Governance and Human Rights in the Southern Mediterranean", South Program III.

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