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Venice Commission holds hybrid plenary session

Venice Commission Strasbourg 15 October 2021
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Venice Commission holds hybrid plenary session

Meeting on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 October in Venice, the Council of Europe’s constitutional experts adopted – among other texts – an opinion on draft constitutional amendments in Serbia and an opinion on the legal protection of citizens in the Netherlands.

Other opinions adopted concern the following:

  • Albania: an amicus curiae text on the competence of the Constitutional Court of Albania
  • Armenia: legislation related to the Ombudsman’s staff in Armenia
  • Hungary: on amendments to electoral legislation, on amendments to an act on administrative courts and the legal status and remuneration of judges, and on amendments to an act on equal treatment and promotion of equal opportunities in Hungary
  • North Macedonia: on the draft Law on the State of Emergency in North Macedonia
  • Slovak Republic: on the legal profession in the Slovak Republic and the role of the Supreme Administrative Court in disciplinary proceedings
  • United Kingdom: on the possible exclusion of the Parliamentary Commissioner for administration (the parliamentary Ombudsman) and Health Service Commissioner from the “safe space” provided for by the Health and Care Bill in the United Kingdom
  • Ukraine: on the principles of state policy of the transition period.

For more details, please consult the Venice Commission programme

The Opinions for Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia were prepared under the Expertise Co-ordination Mechanism in the framework of the EU/CoE joint programme “Horizontal Facility II”, co-funded by the Council of Europe and the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe . The opinion on Ukraine was prepared under the Quick response Mechanism in the framework of the EU/CoE joint programme Partnership for Good Governance”, co-funded by the Council of Europe and the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe .


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