The "Venice Principles" - the Protection and Promotion of the Ombudsman Institution
Strasbourg, Council of Europe - The process of consultation and exchanges on the so-called "Venice Principles" with Ombudsman Institutions from all over the world as well as with the international stakeholders started today.
In June 2017, the Commission decided to codify, on the basis of its previous work, a set of constitutional and legal principles ("Venice Principles") specifically devoted to the Ombudsman institution. A working group composed of four members of the Commission and one expert has met several times in order to draft a text offering guidelines which should prevail in the setting up and proper operational functioning of the Ombudsman Institution while respecting national specificities and diversities.
Prior to the submission to and the formal adoption by the Venice Commission, a broad process of consultation and exchanged with Ombudsman Institutions from all over the world as well as with the international stakeholders was launched.