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Kosovo*: Venice Commission recommends greater transparency on draft law on Government

12 December 2020 Albania

The Venice Commission, under the Expertise Co-ordination Mechanism (ECM), as a part of the European Union and Council of Europe joint Horizontal Facility II programme, provided an expert opinion on the draft Law on Government. The Venice Commission recommends that the draft law should be made...

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Venice Commission provides important opinion on amendments in the Constitution and Electoral Code in Albania, under Expertise Co-ordination Mechanism

12 December 2020 Albania

The European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) and the OSCE Office for Democratic institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) issued a joint opinion about the adoption of the amendments to Albania’s Constitution of 30 July 2020 and to the country’s Electoral Code of 5 October...

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Venice Commission adopts important opinions on Albania and Kosovo*

19 June 2020 Tirana & Pristina

Venice Commission adopted important opinions on Albania and Kosovo in the framework of the Expertise Co-ordination Mechanism (ECM). For Albania the opinions were focused on the amendments to the Law No. 97/2013 “On Audiovisual Media Service” and the appointment procedure of the Constitutional...

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Albania: Venice Commission to adopt legal opinions on Audiovisual Media law & the appointments in the Constitutional Court

February 2020 Tirana

In the context of the Expertise Co-ordination Mechanism (ECM) two important requests for legal opinion were submitted to the Venice Commission. The first request deriving from the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) concerned the amendments to the...

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Venice Commission calls on North Macedonia to re-examine new language law and to abandon the provisions on bilingualism in judicial proceedings

6 December 2019 Venice

In its opinion adopted today, the Venice Commission has called on the authorities of North Macedonia to re-examine the Law on the Use of Languages through consultations with all parties concerned. The Council of Europe’s legal experts underline that in comparison with the 2008 legislation, the...

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Expert visit to Montenegro to support electoral reform

23 September 2019 Podgorica

An expert of the Venice Commission visited Podgorica with a view to providing expert advice on the draft code of ethics for political parties during election campaigns. The expert exchanged views with the chairman and some members of the Committee on Further Reform of Electoral and Other...

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Positive opinion on the draft law on the judicial council of North Macedonia

20 March 2019 Venice

In its first plenary session of 2019, the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) adopted an opinion on the draft Law on the Judicial Council of North Macedonia. The opinion was requested by Mr Zoran Zaev, the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, through the Expertise...

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Albania - workshop on electoral administration

4 July 2018 Tirana

An expert of the Venice Commission took part in a workshop on electoral administration of the Parliamentary Ad hoc Committee on Electoral Reform which was organised with the support of the Organization of Security for Europe (OSCE) and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights...

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Support to the Ad hoc Committee on Electoral Reform

2 July 2018 Tirana

A two-day workshop for members of the parliamentary Ad hoc Committee on Electoral Reform to discuss international practices and effective mechanisms to prevent and combat vote buying and abuse of state resources took place on 12-13 June 2018 in Tirana. The event was attended by members of the...

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Albania – workshop on out-of-country voting

28 June 2018 Tirana

An expert of the Venice Commission took part in a workshop on out-of-country voting of the Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee on Electoral Reform which was organised with the support of the OSCE Presence in Albania. This workshop brought together the Co-chairs and members of the Ad Hoc Committee on...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina - electoral issues - Chamber of Peoples of the Federation

5 June 2018 Sarajevo

The European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) participated in a second series of meetings, on 4-5 June 2018, with the actors of the electoral process, in order to provide expert assistance in the consultations on the necessary changes to the electoral legislation...

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Albania – workshop on new voting technologies

6 June 2018 Tirana

An expert of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) will participate in a workshop of the Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee on Electoral Reform on new voting technologies which is organised with the support of the OSCE Presence in Albania on 6 June 2018. This workshop...

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Montenegro law on foreigners

1 June 2018 Strasbourg

A new law on foreigners recently entered into force in Montenegro. The law was introduced to Parliament after being modified in the light of an expert Opinion provided by the Special Representative on migration and refugees, Tomáš Boček, in November 2017. The modified text includes improvements...

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Electoral assistance for Bosnia and Herzegovina

22 May 2018 Sarajevo

As agreed by the political parties of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the context of the EU/US facilitation efforts on electoral reform, and following a formal request made by the EU, the Venice Commission will attend a series of meetings, on 22-24 May, with the relevant electoral...

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Forthcoming opinion on draft law of financing of political parties

21 May 2015 Pristina

A delegation of the Venice Commission visited Kosovo on 14-15 May, to exchange views with the Kosovo authorities, representatives of the political parties, the civil society and the international organisations present in Kosovo. The topic of the discussions was the draft law on amending and...

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Visit of experts for electoral assistance in Albania

21 May 2018 Tirana

A delegation of the Venice Commission visited Albania on 15 May 2018 to discuss the upcoming electoral reform with the Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee on electoral reform, the Central Election Commission and the international organisations present in Tirana. This visit took place in the framework...

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Request for an expert opinion on the draft law on the prevention and protection against discrimination

1 February 2018 Skopje

A delegation of the European Commission for Democracy through Law - Venice Commission visited Skopje as part of the preparation of an opinion on the draft law on prevention and protection against discrimination on 29-30 January 2018. The delegation exchanged views with representatives of the...

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Serbia: assistance to the Ministry of Justice for the constitutional amendments in the field of the judiciary

16 January 2017 Belgrade

A delegation of the Venice Commission met with the Minister of Justice, the Republic Public Prosecutor, representatives of the Ministry of European Integration and the Office for Co-operation with Civil Society as well as the academic community with a view to discussing the upcoming...

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Workshop on electoral dispute resolution in Skopje

28 June 2017 Skopje

An expert of the Venice Commission participated in several meetings in the electoral field in Skopje from 30 May to 1 June. The meetings took place in the framework of a workshop organised by the State Election Commission with the support of the Venice Commission, the Organization for Security...

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Expertise Co-ordination Mechanism: Long-term assistance to the State Election Commission in Skopje

22 March 2017 Skopje

In response to a request under the Horizontal Facility’s Expertise Co-ordination Mechanism by the State Election Commission, an expert from the Venice Commission will be seconded to the State Election Commission from March to June 2017 to provide legal and technical advice to assist the...

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