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Tunisia – Legal framework for independent bodies

08.08.2019
Tunis - Representatives of the Venice Commission will participate in a meeting between the independent constitutional bodies and civil society on the latest legislative initiatives concerning the independent bodies in Tunisia.

The Venice Commission is involved in the evaluation of the legal framework for the functioning of the independent bodies of Tunisia. This activity is part of the joint EU - Council of Europe programme entitled ‘Project of assistance to independent institutions in Tunisia” (PAII-T).

This event will be followed by a meeting of a technical group com... read more

Request for Opinion – ARMENIA

26.07.2019
The Minister of Justice of Armenia requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the constitutional implications of the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) for Armenia.

Request for Opinion – ALBANIA

24.07.2019
The Speaker of the Assembly of Albania requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion, at its earliest convenience, on the powers of a President to set the dates of elections in a parliamentary system.

Request for Opinion – KOSOVO

19.07.2019
The authorities of Kosovo requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on the draft law on legal acts.

ARMENIA - forthcoming opinion request

15.07.2019
Within the framework of the fruitful cooperation between the Armenian authorities and the Venice Commission as concerns in particular the ongoing judicial reform, following a meeting between the Minister of Justice and President Buquicchio on 2 July 2019, the Minister has announced that he will request the Commission’s opinion on the draft amendments to the Judicial Code which are currently being prepared in consultation with the Council of Europe, once they are ready.

1st Vice-President Thorgeirsdottir meets Bianca Jagger

11.07.2019
London - on the side-lines of the Global forum for media freedom, the Commission’s 1st Vice president Ms Herdis Kjerulf Thorgeirsdottir met the Special Envoy of the Council of Europe on death penalty Ms Bianca Jagger. They discussed the urgent need to better protect journalists and other relevant issues raised by the Forum.

Study visit to the Council of Europe from the Kyrgyz Republic

10.07.2019 - 12.07.2019
Strasbourg – A study visit to the Council of Europe and the European court of human rights for members of two Working Groups under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic on improvement of the electoral legislation and on monitoring the judiciary reform will take place on 10-12 July 2019. The participants will be able to follow closely the work of the Venice Commission, the Parliamentary Assembly, judges and lawyers of the EctHR and other bodies and services of the Council of Europe.

During the seminar organised on 11 July the participants will learn about European standards in the f... read more

UNITED KINGDOM - Global Conference for Media Freedom

10.07.2019 - 11.07.2019
London – the United Kingdom and Canada co-hosted the “Global Conference for Media Freedom” co-organised by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Global Affairs Canada, in London on 10-11 July 2019. This conference was the first of its kind.

Upon invitation, the members of the Sub-committee on Media and Information Society of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly organised a workshop entitled “Keeping journalists safe – what international organisations can do” which was part of the Conference’s session on “Regional Mechanisms ... read more

Request for an amicus curiae brief - European Court of Human Rights

08.07.2019
Strasbourg – Following the request of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Mugemangango c. Belgium, the Venice Commission will answer the following question:

"What are the adequate and sufficient procedural safeguards that a State must provide in the framework of a procedure for contesting the outcome of an election (notably in the event of allegations of irregularities during the electoral process) or the distribution of seats? In particular, what qualities should the body in charge of examining appeals on election results require?"

Supreme Court of India - World Conference on Constitutional Justice (WCCJ)

02.07.2019
The Supreme Court of India has joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice bringing its total membership to 116 Courts from 5 continents!

Election dispute resolution - 16th European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies

27.06.2019 - 28.06.2019
Bratislava - The Venice Commission will hold the 16th European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies, in co-operation with the Section for Public Administration of the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic and the State Commission for the Elections and Control of Political Parties Funding.

This year the European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies will be devoted to the theme of the election dispute resolution.

Slovak Republic – Constitutional Court

27.06.2019
Bratislava - The President of the Venice Commission had a meeting with the President of the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic, Mr Ivan Fiačan.

Request for opinion – PACE

26.06.2019
Council of Europe, Strasbourg - On 26 June 2019 the Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe decided to request the Venice Commission's opinion on the compliance with the Council of Europe and other international standards of national parliamentary elections organised in a State’s nationwide constituency which is not within internationally recognised borders.

The opinion will be discussed at one of the forthcoming Plenary Sessions of the Commission.

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