In its opinion on the draft law on anti-corruption courts in Ukraine adopted today, the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the “Venice Commission”) said that many of the provisions of the draft law provide a good basis for the establishment of a high specialised anti-corruption court, but made several recommendations to reduce the risk that it could be considered unconstitutional. In order to dispel any doubts about the constitutionality of the legislative procedure, the Venice Commission invites the President of Ukraine to promptly submit his own draft law on anti-corruption courts – which should be based on the Venice Commission’s recommendations. The current draft law (Draft Law No. 6011) thus needs to be withdrawn.
In an opinion adopted today, the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the “Venice Commission”) assessed the extent to which Turkey’s Emergency Decree Laws – passed in the wake of the failed 2016 coup attempt – include measures that go beyond what is permitted by international standards and the Turkish constitution.
As stated in previous opinions regarding these laws, the Venice Commission again acknowledges the need for certain extraordinary steps taken by Turkish authorities to face a dangerous armed conspiracy.
However, as highlighted in previous opinions – the Turkish authorities have interpreted these extraordinary powers too extensively.
You will find attached below the text (in french only) of the conference which Mgr. Kratz made for the Conference of the Bishops of France with French committed to an international level.
After a brief introduction reminding the "miracle" of the creation of the European Union he asks several questions:
He ends finally by " some reflections on the COMECE " of which members reflect the essential diversity of the peoples and the cultures of Europe.
On 10 October 2017, the Conference of INGOs, in collaboration with the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT), one of its members, is organising a debate entitled: "Return of the death penalty in Europe: genuine threat or populist fiction?", aimed at strengthening and better coordinating the fight against the threat of a return of the death penalty in Europe.
The Conference of INGOs remains convinced that the death penalty is not the solution and that the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR) as well as its additional Protocols 6 and 13 should be defended in all circumstances.
Please register by 5 October 2017 using the online registration form. Participation is subject to the number of available places.
Following the publication of the legal opinion (n° NGO-POL/303/2017 [AIC]) of OSCE/ODIHR on the draft Act on the National Freedom Institute - Centre for the Development of Civil Society, the Conference of INGOs reiterates its concern in a letter to the Polish authorities
The Committee of Ministers today adopted guidelines aimed at promoting civil participation in political decision-making in the Council of Europe 47 member states.
The Committee of Ministers today adopted guidelines aimed at promoting civil participation in political decision-making in the Council of Europe 47 member states. At a time when democracy is challenged by diminishing trust of people towards politicians and elites in general, one of the prerequisites for guaranteeing democratic security is to ensure the participation of all individuals and societal groups in political processes and decision-making.
The new guidelines together with other existing texts such as Recommendation (2007)14 on the legal status of non-governmental organisations in Europe and the Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Processnow form a solid basis for governments and civil society to work together to strengthen democracy.
The Council of Europe and civil society already interact through the Conference of INGOs which promotes participatory democracy and provides input to the decisions taken at inter-governmental level.
The preparation of this unique standard-setting instrument was recommended by Secretary General Jagland in his 2015 report on the State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe.
The 30th World Day to Combat Extreme Poverty will take place on 17 October 2017.
The 30th World Day to Combat Extreme Poverty will take place on 17 October 2017. The Conference of INGOs will have the opportunity to exchange with the other Council of Europe institutions on the progress and challenges in policies aiming to eradicate extreme poverty in Europe. On this occasion, we will have the honour to welcome Ambassador Emil Ruffer, Chair of the Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic, Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Guiseppe Palmisano, President of the European Committee of Social Rights. The information exchange will focus on the transversal actions undertaken by the Council of Europe institutions in the framework of the European Platform for Social Cohesion and in this perspective, invited speakers will discuss the access to social rights for adolescents and young people.
The Council of Europe 2016 Activity Report is now available. This year the Conference of INGOs, as an institution of the Council of Europe, has its own chapter which gives an overview of its main priorities and activities in 2016.