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Secretary of the Venice Commission answers questions on the law on political unions of citizens

In reply to questions by Georgian journalists the Secretary of the Venice Commission, Thomas Markert, noted that the text of the Law on Political Union of Citizens adopted by the Georgian parliament included a number of significant amendments in comparison with the text submitted to the Venice Commission. These amendments contained additional restrictions on party financing. He was not able to assess whether these restrictions were positive or negative since this would require an in-depth examination of the adopted text by the Venice Commission which had not taken place.

The Commission will be informed on the follow-up to the adopted opinion on the draft law on Political Union of Citizens (CDL-AD(2011)044rev) at the next plenary session in March.


For more information see:  Text of the opinion of the Venice Commission  /

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