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96th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission (Venice)

11/10/2013 - 12/10/2013

Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista - At its third plenary session of 2013, the Commission:

- Paid tribute to the late Mr Peter Schieder, former President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Elected Mr Peter Paczolay, former member in respect of Hungary, as Honorary President of the Venice Commission;

- Adopted the opinion on legislation pertaining to the Protection from Defamation of Azerbaijan, following its consideration by the Sub Commission on Fundamental Rights on 10 October 2013;

- Adopted the amicus curiae brief for the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the compatibility with the non-discrimination principle of the selection of the Republic Day of the Republika Srpska, following its consideration by the Sub Commission on Fundamental Rights on 10 October 2013;

- Held an exchange of views with Ms Tinatin Khidasheli and with Mr Ako Minashvili, Members of Parliament of Georgia, and adopted the opinion on the draft constitutional laws amending two constitutional laws amending the Constitution of Georgia;

- Adopted the joint opinion by the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR on the draft law amending the law on non-commercial organisations and other laws of the Kyrgyz Republic;

- Endorsed the opinion on draft amendments to three constitutional provisions relating to the Constitutional Court, the Supreme State Prosecutor and the Judicial Council of Montenegro, previously transmitted to the national authorities;

- Held an exchange of views with Mr Vitaliy Bilous, Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine, and with Mr Andriy Kozhemiakin, Head of the Committee on Legislative Support of Law Enforcement of the Verkhovna Rada, and endorsed the joint opinion by the Venice Commission and the Directorate for Human Rights on the Law on the Public Prosecutor's Office, previously transmitted to the national authorities;

- Held an exchange of views with Ms Inna Yemelyanova, First Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine and adopted the joint opinion by the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR on draft amendments to the law on the election of the People's Deputies and other related laws of Ukraine;

- Held an exchange of views with Mr Larbi Abid, Second Deputy Speaker of the National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia, and with Mr Habib Kheder, General Rapporteur, and adopted the opinion on the final draft constitution of Tunisia;

- Adopted amendments to its Rules of Procedure and took decisions aimed at improving its working methods;

- Endorsed the compilations of Venice Commission opinions concerning Freedom of Religion and belief and concerning Political Parties;

- Held an exchange of views with representatives of the Committee of Ministers, the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;
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- Was informed on follow-up to :
- the opinion on the Draft Law on the Courts of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- the Opinion on the Fourth Amendment to the Fundamental Law of Hungary;
- the Opinion on the Draft New Constitution of Iceland;
- the Amicus curiae brief for the Constitutional Court of Moldova on the immunity of judges and the Opinion on the draft law on the amendments to the Constitution strengthening the independence of Judges and on changes proposed by the Constitutional Assembly to the Constitution of Ukraine;

- Was informed on
- the results and conclusions of the meeting of the Joint Council on Constitutional Justice, held on 8-9 October 2013;
- the process of constitutional reform in Romania and on the Commission's involvement in this process;
- progress in the preparation of the opinion on the so-called laws on "foreign agents" and on "treason" of the Russian Federation, requested by the Parliamentary Assembly;
- the progress of the preparation of the study on the protection of Children’s rights in Constitutions, as a contribution to the Council of Europe programme “Building a Europe for and with children”;
- constitutional developments in Armenia, Cyprus and Kazakhstan and on co-operation with Morocco;

- Confirmed the dates of its final 2013 session on 6-7 December 2013 and fixed the dates for the 2014 sessions as follows:

- 21-22 March 2014;
- 20-21 June 2014;
- 17-18 October 2014;
- 12-13 December 2014.

Related documents
CDL-REF(2013)047  English  27/09/2013 -  Public
Law on Non-Commercial Organisations of the Kyrgyz Republic 
CDL-REF(2013)046  English  27/09/2013 -  Public
Article 259 of the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic 
CDL-REF(2013)045  English  27/09/2013 -  Public
Law on State Registration of Legal Entities of the Kyrgyz Republic 
CDL(2013)044  English  30/09/2013 -  Public
President's activities from 24 May to 25 September 2013 
CDL(2013)043  Engl./Fr.  17/09/2013 -  Public
Comparative Table on the lifting of parliamentary immunity 
CDL(2013)037  French  26/09/2013 -  Public
Projet d’avis conjoint sur les projets d’amendements à la loi sur l’élection des députés d’Ukraine   (P. PACZOLAY, J. PILGRIM)
CDL(2013)037  English  26/09/2013 -  Public
Draft Joint Opinion on draft amendments to legislation on the election of people's deputies of Ukraine  (P. PACZOLAY, J. PILGRIM)
CDL(2013)034  English  06/09/2013 -  Public
Observations on the Final Draft Constitution of the Republic of Tunisia  (J. SCHOLSEM, S. BARTOLE, F. FLANAGAN, J. DE GUILLENCHMIDT, G. NEPPI MODONA, J. COLLIARD, B. VERMEULEN, W. THOMASSEN, S. BANIC, M. FRENDO)
CDL(2013)034  Arabic  06/09/2013 -  Public
Observations on the Final Draft Constitution of the Republic of Tunisia in Arabic  (J. SCHOLSEM, S. BARTOLE, F. FLANAGAN, J. DE GUILLENCHMIDT, G. NEPPI MODONA, J. COLLIARD, B. VERMEULEN, W. THOMASSEN, S. BANIC, M. FRENDO)
CDL(2013)034  French  18/07/2013 -  Public
Commentaires sur le Projet de Constitution de la République de Tunisie  (J. SCHOLSEM, S. BARTOLE, F. FLANAGAN, J. DE GUILLENCHMIDT, G. NEPPI MODONA, J. COLLIARD, B. VERMEULEN, W. THOMASSEN, S. BANIC, M. FRENDO)
CDL-PV(2013)004syn  French  14/10/2013 -  Public
96e session plénière (Venise, 11-12 octobre 2013) - Carnet de bord 
CDL-PV(2013)004syn  English  14/10/2013 -  Public
96th Plenary Session (Venice, 11-12 October 2013) - Synopsis 
CDL-OJ(2013)004ann  English  27/09/2013 -  Public
96th Plenary Session (Venice, 11-12 October 2013) - Draft Annotated Agenda 
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