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25 “Venice Principles” - Democratic ABCs for ombudsman institutions

19/03/2019
Council of Europe, Strasbourg – Today the Venice Commission published a set of guidelines to protect ombudsman institutions, following various threats to these institutions in recent years. Ombudsman institutions are important for democracy, their services are free, and are thus accessible to individuals who cannot afford to pursue their complaints through the courts. They can take action independently against maladministration and alleged violations of human rights and hence play a crucial role with regard to the governments and parliaments which must accept criticism. As an interface betwee... read more

European Parliament – hearing on the rule of law

18/03/2019
Brussels – The President and the Secretary of the Commission attended a hearing on the rule of law at the European Parliament organised by the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE).

118th Plenary session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

15/03/2019 - 16/03/2019
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista - In its first plenary session of 2019, the Venice Commission is expected to adopt an opinion on the introduction of a separate system of administrative courts in Hungary. Hungarian Justice Minister László Trócsányi is expected to attend the session on Friday 15 March.

Other opinions scheduled for adoption concern the revision of Luxembourg’s constitution, legal provisions on the relationship between the prosecution and the police in Georgia and on the Judicial Council of North Macedonia.

The Venice Commission is expect... read more

Statement by the President of the Venice Commission Mr G. BUQUICCHIO - Georgia

11/03/2019
Strasbourg, Council of Europe - The Venice Commission has received a request for an opinion from the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament regarding the appointment of Supreme Court judges. I welcome the willingness of the Georgian authorities to cooperate with us in order to establish clear and transparent criteria and procedures for the selection and appointment of these judges.

The Venice Commission will deal with this request speedily as it is conscious that it is urgent to have a full composition of the Supreme Court to ensure its effective functioning.

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EU Political and Security Committee – visit to the Council of Europe

11/03/2019
Council of Europe, Strasbourg – The President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio was invited to meet with the members of the EU Political and Security Committee. He gave a detailed picture of the Commission’s work in Europe and beyond, stressed the importance of the synergies between EU foreign policy and the Commission’s activities.

This Committee is a permanent EU body is responsible for the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CSFP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The PSC is composed of member states' ambassadors based in Brussels and is chaired b... read more

HUNGARY - „Constitutional EUdentity 2019: unity in diversity – common and particular values“ - International Conference

08/03/2019
Budapest – The Venice Commission is invited to participate in an international conference organised by the Constitutional Court of Hungary entitled “Constitutional EUdentity 2019: unity in diversity – common and particular values”.

The President and the Minister of Justice of Hungary, the President of the European Court of Justice, the presidents of the Constitutional Courts of Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Republic of Slovenia as well as the President of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands and Vice President of the Italian Constitutional Court, will address the Confer... read more

Capacity building of the High Judicial Councils of the southern Mediterranean – Interactive seminar organised by EuroMed Justice

07/03/2019
Strasbourg – The Venice Commission will participate in the interactive seminar organised by EuroMed Justice – a programme funded by the EU – for the High Judicial Councils of the Southern Partnership Countries (SPCs), i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Israel Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine* and Tunisia. The seminar will cover the following topics:

• European standards on the rule of law, independence, and impartiality of justice;
• Best practices and recommendations regarding the role of High Judicial Councils in defending judicial independence, impartiality, and self-governance;
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Public Administration Reform in the southern Mediterranean - 4th UniDem Med coordination meeting

05/03/2019
Rabat - The 4th coordination meeting of the UniDem project for the southern Mediterranean will take place in Rabat of the 5th March gathering the national coordinators of the following partner countries : Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, Mauritania, Palestine* and Tunisia. The participants will take stock of the 2018 seminars and discuss the priorities as regards the modernisation of the public administration. During the meeting the participants will determine the topics, dates and venues of upcoming 2019 UniDem Med seminars.

The UniDem seminars were established for the Southern Mediterr... read more

REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA - Parliamentary elections - Legal assistance to PACE elections observation mission

22/02/2019 - 25/02/2019
Chisinau - A delegation of the Venice Commission will accompany the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) election observation delegation to advise on the legal framework of the parliamentary elections of 24 February 2019 in the Republic of Moldova.

The delegation will observe the opening, voting and counting processes of the parliamentary elections.

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