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REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA – Urgent opinion published

22/01/2020
Strasbourg, Council of Europe - Today the Venice Commission made public it’s the Urgent Joint Opinion on the draft amendments to the Law of the Republic of Moldova No. 947/196 on Superior Council of Magistracy. The request came from the Minister of Justice of Moldova.

ALBANIA - request for opinion by PACE

20/01/2020
The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly requested an opinion of the Venice Commission concerning the Albanian Law no. 97/2013 “on Audiovisual Media Service”.

Urgent request for opinion / country visit - POLAND

09/01/2020 - 10/01/2020
On 2 January 2020 the Venice Commission received from the Marshal of the Senate of Poland, Mr Tomasz Grodzki, a request for an opinion on the amendments to the laws on the judiciary adopted by the Polish Sejm on 20 December 2019. These amendments are to be examined by the Senate at the upcoming January Session. For this reason the Bureau of the Venice Commission authorised the preparation of an urgent opinion by the rapporteurs.

A delegation of the Venice Commission visited Warsaw on 9 and 10 January 2020 and met with the requesting authority and other interlocutors.

Th... read more

ALBANIA - Request for opinion

30/12/2019
The Speaker of the Assembly of Albania made a request for an opinion on the appointment of judges to the Constitutional Court.

REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA - Request for opinion

23/12/2019
On 23 December 2019, the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Moldova, Mr Fadei Nagacevschi, requested the Opinion of the Venice Commission on the draft law on amending the Law No. 947/1996 on Superior Council of Magistracy.

REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA - visit by the Commission’s delegation

19/12/2019 - 20/12/2019
Chisinau - The President of the Venice Commission, accompanied by the Deputy Secretary of the Commission, paid a visit to Chisinau following the invitation of the Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.

The delegation held meetings and exchanged views with the Speaker of the Parliament, the Chair and the members of the Legal Committee on Appointments and Immunities of the Parliament, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice as well as the Superior Council of Magistrates, judges of the Supreme Court of Justice and other judges.

Request for opinion - Congress / Turkey

17/12/2019
Strasbourg – The Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities requested the Venice Commission’s opinion on the decisions regarding elected mayors taken after the 31 March 2019 elections in the south-east of Turkey.

TUNISIA - Budget and financial autonomy of the independent bodies - Seminar PAII-T

17/12/2019
Tunis – the Venice Commission is organising a seminar on 17 December 2019 in Tunis entitled "The budget and financial autonomy of the Tunisian independent bodies".

This meeting will bring together representatives of independent bodies and will be an opportunity to discuss certain questions relating to their financial autonomy and in particular the budgetary questions, in the light of new texts related to Tunisian independent bodies such as the Organic Budget Law adopted in 2019.

The preparation and adoption of the budget of the (constitutional and other) bodies will also... read more

50th Anniversary of the René Cassin Foundation - International Institute of Human Rights - Conference on the Rule of Law

12/12/2019
Palais des droits de l'homme, Strasbourg - On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the René Cassin Foundation - International Institute of Human Rights will organise, with the support of the City of Strasbourg, a conference on "The state of the Rule of Law in Europe ". This event will take place in Strasbourg in the premises of the European Court of Human Rights (Press Room) on 12 December 2019.

The purpose of this day, which is intended for a very wide audience, is the definition of the rule of law, the presentation of the normative framework and the setting up of a new monitorin... read more

TUNISIA - Administrative Justice and Electoral Disputes - International Colloquium

12/12/2019 - 13/12/2019
Gammarth - The Commission organised in cooperation with the Administrative Tribunal of Tunisia, the German IRZ Foundation and the Arab Union of Administrative Justice an international symposium on "Administrative Justice and Electoral Disputes".

The President of the Venice Commission Mr Buquicchio addressed the participants during the first day of the colloquium.

The event took place in the framework of the Joint Council of Europe-European Union project “Improving the functioning, performance and access to justice in Tunisia (AP- JUST)”, funded by the EU and the Counci... read more

CYPRUS - The Venice Principles

11/12/2019
Nicosia - The Venice Commission is organising in cooperation with the Commissioner for Administration and Protection of Human Rights of Cyprus and the Association of Mediterranean Ombudsmen a conference entitled “The role of "the Venice Principles" in strengthening the ombudsman institutions".

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