Recent and Current Events
06/10/2023 - 07/10/2023
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista - During its plenary session, the Venice Commission will have on its agenda for adoption or endorsement a considerable number of draft opinions concerning 10 states: Armenia, Bulgaria, Chile, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine.
78th meeting of the Council for Democratic Elections
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista
Spain has made a voluntary contribution of €20 000 to the Venice Commission concerning its action to support rule of law-compliant and human rights-respectful democratic institutions (2024-2028).
25/09/2023 - 26/09/2023
Santiago - a delegation of the Venice Commission carried out a mission to Chile and held discussions with authorities and other stakeholders on the ongoing constitutional reform in the country.
The visit was organised in the framework of the preparation of the draft opinion on the 2023 constitutional reform process, requested by the President of the Senate of Chile. The delegation met with:
- President of the Senate
- President of the Chamber of Deputies
- The Committee on Legal, Constitutional and Legislative Affairs of the Senate
- President and Vice... read more
21/09/2023 - 28/09/2023
Rome - The Venice Commission contributed to the organisation of the International Ombudsman Conference on "The role of Ombudsman institutions in the world: between realities and possibilities", held in Rome, on 21-22 September 2023.
This conference with more than 250 registered participants, organised by the President of the National Coordination of Ombudsmen, the Ombudsman of Lazio, brought together more than 60 Ombudsmen from all continents.
The Conference provided an opportunity to present the Principles for the Protection and Promotion of the Institution of Ombudsman... read more
21/09/2023 - 22/09/2023
Vienna - Ms Claire Bazy Malaurie, President of the Venice Commission participated in the 3rd thematic discussion of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) on the implementation of the Kyoto Declaration, held on 21-22 September 2023 in Vienna and online.
The event focused on the Pillar III of the Kyoto Declaration “Promoting the rule of law”.
The President contributed to an exchange of views during Thematic Session 2 on the “Effective, accountable, impartial and inclusive institutions; effective anti-corruption efforts; social, educational and... read more
In the framework of the preparation of the draft follow-up opinion concerning the amendments of 13 June 2023 to the Organic Law of Georgia “On Common Courts”, the rapporteurs of the Venice Commission held online consultations with the Deputy Chairman of the Faction “Georgian Dream”, the Chairman of the Legal Issues Committee and the Chairman of the Human Rights and Integration Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, the MPs of the parliamentary opposition, the representatives of the civil society organisations and the international community present in Georgia.
The draft opinion wi... read more
18/09/2023 - 19/09/2023
In the framework of the preparation of the draft opinion concerning the draft Constitutional Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On the Akyikatchy (Ombudsman) of the Kyrgyz Republic”, the rapporteurs of the Venice Commission held online consultations with the Ombudsman, experts of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) the representatives of the civil society organisations and the international community present in Kyrgyzstan.
The draft opinion will be submitted for adoption at the 136th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission (6-7 October 2023).
14/09/2023 - 15/09/2023
Madrid - Under the auspices of the Latvian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Venice Commission in cooperation with the Centre for Constitutional and Political Studies (CEPC) held an international seminar entitled “Constitutions and War”.
The relationship between constitutions and wars encompasses various dimensions, including:
• the prevention of wars,
• the protection of democratic governance and human rights during times of conflict, and
• the promotion of post-war reconciliation and rebuilding.
The round table d... read more