Press release - DC120(2013)

Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Tunisia on the Venice Commission’s agenda

Strasbourg, 11.10.2013 – The Council of Europe’s advisory body of legal and constitutional experts, the Venice Commission, is holding a plenary session in Venice on 11 and 12 0ctober.

Documents likely to be adopted at the meeting include:


- A joint Venice Commission/Council of Europe opinion on the extent to which the new draft law on the public prosecutor’s office complies with European standard
- A joint opinion from the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR assessing proposed changes to legislation on parliamentary elections


- An opinion on the compatibility of recent anti-defamation laws with European standards, including two judgments against Azerbaijan from the European Court of Human Rights


- An opinion on the final draft constitution, as requested by the Speaker of the National Constitutional Assembly in June


- An opinion on proposed changes to the constitution concerning the powers of the Georgian parliament and the procedure for revising the constitution

Bosnia and Herzegovina

- An amicus curiae brief on whether the choice of 9 January as a national holiday in the Republika Srpska could be considered discriminatory under the European Convention on Human Rights and other international standards

The Venice Commission will also discuss opinions on recent constitutional changes in Montenegro and various draft laws in Kyrgyzstan.

Participants at the session will include the Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka and Pier Antonio Panzeri MEP, Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union in the European Parliament.

Draft annotated agenda

Contact in Venice: Andrew Cutting, tel. +32 485 217 202

Council of Europe Directorate of Communications
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11