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SERBIA – Request for urgent opinion

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

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

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.

13th UniDem Med seminar – Public Administration facing the COVID 19 pandemic: Modernisation and digital innovations - Videoconference

05/10/2021 - 06/10/2021
The Venice Commission organised the 13th UniDem Med Seminar entitled "Public Administration facing the COVID 19 Pandemic: Modernisation and digital innovations", in co-operation with the General Personnel Council of Palestine*. This seminar took place in an hybrid format on 5-6 October 2021.

More than 150 international experts and senior public officials from the Southern Mediterranean (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia) participated online in the event, in addition to 70 face-to-face participants in Palestine*.

Based on presentations by European and regional ... read more

“Uzbekistan : five years of reforms” - high level conference

Tashkent - The Venice Commission took part in the International conference “UZBEKISTAN: FIVE YEARS OF REFORMS” organised on 5 October 2021 in Tashkent as a hybrid event. The conference focused on the reforms carried out by the Republic of Uzbekistan since the adoption of the Strategy of Actions 2017-2021.

The Vice President of the Venice Commission, Mr Philip Dimitrov, intervened in the first session of the conference entitled “Improving the state of society construction, scope of reforms to ensure the rule of law”.

The participation of the Venice Commission in this eve... read more

WCCJ - Supreme Court of Sweden becomes 118th member

The Supreme Court of Sweden joined the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, which now has 118 members.

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