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Congress of Local and Regional Authorities - Presentation by the President of the Commission

30/10/2019 - 30/10/2019

Council of Europe, Strasbourg - The President of the Commission Mr Buquicchio presented the Venice Principles on the ombudsman institutions at the plenary session of the Congress of the Council of Europe.

The statement was followed by a debate and a vote on the draft resolution CG37(2019)15. The Congress subsequently endorsed the Commission's text.

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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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