About: Venice Commission

Central Asia 23-10-2018

Kazakhstan and the Venice Commission

The Council of Europe’s Venice Commission has provided precious support to the process of constitutional and legislative change in Kazakhstan, writes Igor Rogov.

MEPs grill Romania’s government in absentia

Procedural problems prevented Romanian Justice Minister Tudorel Toader from addressing the European Parliament's plenary session on Wednesday (7 February) and explaining the government’s current judiciary reforms, which many MEPs see as a threat to the rule of law.

Venice Commission active on Poland, expects the same from Warsaw

The Venice Commission is waiting for the response of the Polish government regarding the sent draft opinions on the reform of the judiciary in Poland, as well as for confirmation that a representative of the Polish government will participate in the next plenary session of the Commission. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Politics 14-11-2017

‘Nuclear option’ against Poland?

MEPs will on Wednesday (15 November) discuss and adopt a resolution on the rule of law in Poland. The draft contains a request for the EP's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs to prepare a report - the first step towards initiating the infringement procedure of Article 7 against the country. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Europe's East 10-11-2017

Ukraine ambassador: Hybrid war is not only in Ukraine, it’s across Europe

In a wide-ranging interview, Ukraine's Ambassador to the EU, Mykola Tochytskyi, discussed his country’s EU agenda, the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit, the sensitive relations with Russia and the new language law which has antagonised Hungary.

Hungary’s law calls for more transparency for NGOs receiving foreign money

In a recent EURACTIV.com interview, the director of the George Soros-funded European Policy Institute makes the incorrect claim that Hungary’s new legislation on NGO transparency is “discriminatory” and is closing the space for dissenting opinions, writes Zoltán Kovács.
Enlargement 05-05-2017

Dashing Turkey’s EU hopes is the wrong answer

Following Turkey’s constitutional referendum many were quick to announce the end of democracy in Turkey. But Laura Batalla Adam argues that this is a narrow and incomplete reading of the results.
Enlargement 14-03-2017

Commission ‘seriously concerned’ about Turkish constitutional changes

The European Commission highlighted the “serious concerns” expressed by the Council of Europe on Monday (13 March) over the amendments to the Turkish Constitution which are due to be voted on in the 16 April referendum.
Enlargement 17-10-2016

Council of Europe tells Turkey to restore MP’s inviolability

In its first opinion on Turkey after the failed coup d’état on 15 July 2016, the Council of Europe called today (17 October) on restoring the inviolability of members of parliament, which was infringed by an amendment of the constitution introduced last April.
Global Europe 08-07-2016

Poland seeks to reassure allies over rule of law as NATO summit starts

Poland's government rushed an amended version of its constitutional court reforms through parliament yesterday (7 July), apparently in an effort to reassure its Western allies over the issue hours before a NATO summit opens in Warsaw.

Poland’s constitutional conundrum…explained

Like other European nations, Poland will remain a source of conflicting messages in years to come. But the EU has nothing to worry about – the democratic government in place can be removed in a peaceful manner next time people come to vote, writes Piotr Macej Kaczyński.
Elections 13-04-2016

MEPs rap Poland over rule of law

MEPs passed today (13 April) a non-binding resolution, calling on the Polish authorities to restore the ability of Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal to uphold its Constitution and guarantee respect for the rule of law.
Central Europe 11-03-2016

Poles launch campaign against court reform

Tens of thousands of Poles took to Facebook Thursday (10 March) to support the country's top court in a constitutional battle against the right-wing government.

Parliament divided over Hungary’s democratic record

Members of the European Parliament failed to unite behind a report calling on Budapest to remove a constitutional amendment that critics say restricts democracy and basic rights in Hungary. EURACTIV reports from Strasbourg.
Elections 22-03-2012

Venice Commission: An unbiased criticism of Hungary

The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe is an essential tool to examine the controversial laws in Hungary in an unbiased way, argues Françoise Pons from Club Grande Europe.
Elections 09-11-2011

Council of Europe official: Ukraine rushing election reform

The Council of Europe's Venice Commission, specialised in providing constitutional advice in the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe, regrets that Ukraine's authorities neglect its opinions and push  their own agenda, Thomas Markert, commission's director, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

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