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Republic of Moldova - Post-electoral review conference - Early Parliamentary Elections

28/10/2021
Chisinau – The Venice Commission will participate in the Post-electoral review conference entitled “Lessons learned, recommendations and steps ahead”. The event is organised by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Moldova and the Center for Continuous Electoral Training.

REFORMS OF THE JUDICIARY IN KAZAKHSTAN - International Round Table

27/10/2021 - 28/10/2021
Nur-Sultan/online - The Venice Commission will take part in the international round table entitled “Reforms of the Judiciary in Kazakhstan : addressing new challenges using the best international practices”. The Round Table is organised by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

A representative of the Venice Commission will intervene in the first session of the event dedicated to the administrative justice and will present the Commission’s 2018 opinion on the draft text of the "Administrative procedural and process-related code ... read more

SERBIA – forthcoming Urgent Opinion on the revised draft law on the referendum and the people’s Initiative - Online-meetings

21/10/2021
In the framework of the preparation of the Urgent Opinion on the revised draft law on the referendum and the people’s Initiative of Serbia, a delegation of the Venice Commission met online with the following institutions and interlocutors:

• the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government,
• the Ministry of Justice,
• the Parliament (majority and minority MPs),
• the Republic Election Commission (RIK),
• international community, present in Serbia, and civil society organisations.

The opinion is prepared under the Expertise Co-ordinatio... read more

SERBIA – Request for urgent opinion

19/10/2021
By letter dated 8 October 2021, the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of Serbia, Ms Marija Obradovic, requested an opinion of the Venice Commission on the revised draft law on referendum and the people’s Initiative. During the 128th plenary session, the Commission authorised the preparation of this Urgent Opinion and its publication prior to the 129th plenary session (10-11 December 2021).

On 24 September 2021, the Commission had issued an urgent opinion on the first draft of this law, submitted for opinion by Minister Obradovic on 2 August 2021. This opin... read more

UKRAINE – Request for opinion

19/10/2021
By letter dated 24 September 2021, the Chair of the Committee on the Organization of State Power, Local Self-Government, Regional Development and Urban Planning of the Parliament of Ukraine, Mr. Andrii Klochko, requested an opinion on the draft law of Ukraine “On Improving the Procedure for Establishing the Impossibility of Holding National and Local Elections, All-Ukrainian and Local Referenda in Certain Territories and Polling Stations”.

The Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR will prepare the opinion on this draft law jointly. It will be on the agenda of the 129th plenary sess... read more

REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA – Visit of the Council of Europe High Level Working Group on Justice Reform

19/10/2021 - 21/10/2021
Chisinau - The President and the Secretary of the Venice Commission are participating in the visit of the Council of Europe High Level Working Group on Justice Reform.

The Working group is meeting the following representatives of the Moldovan authorities:

• The President of the Republic of Moldova,
• the Constitutional Court,
• the Deputy Chairman of the Parliament and the Legal Committee for appointments and immunities of the Parliament,
• the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration,
• the Minister of Justi... read more

128th plenary session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

15/10/2021 - 16/10/2021
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista /online - Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 128th Plenary Session was held in a hybrid form, in Venice and online.

The Venice Commission:

- Adopted the amicus curiae Brief for the Constitutional Court of Albania on the competence of the Constitutional Court regarding the validity of the local elections held in Albania on 30 June 2019;

- Held an exchange of views with Mr Arman Tatoyan, Ombudsman of Armenia, and Mr Vache Khalashyan, Acting Head of the Civil Service Office in the Prime Minister’s Office (online... read more

72nd meeting of the Council for Democratic Elections

14/10/2021
Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista/online - The Council for Democratic Elections (CDE) approved the draft amicus curiae Brief on the competence of the Constitutional Court of Albania regarding the validity of the local elections held on 30 June 2019 and the draft Joint Opinion on the 2020 amendments to the electoral legislation of Hungary prior to the adoption of these documents by the Commission’s plenary session.

The CDE was informed about the Venice Commission’s activities in the electoral field carried out between the 71 and 72nd meetings. The participants were e... read more

Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa

14/10/2021 - 15/10/2021
Maputo/online - The Venice Commission participate the International Symposium on the “Transparency of Elections in Africa” organised by the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa and the Constitutional Council of Mozambique.

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