Established in May 1990, the European Commission for Democracy through Law – better known as the Venice Commission – acts as the Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional matters.
In this video interview, Tatiana Mychelova discusses the Venice Commission’s work and looks to its future development helping countries transitioning to democracy.
On 2 March, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland signalled the raised profile of the Venice Commission when making an offer of help in the aftermath of the historic events in the southern Mediterranean.
He said: “The first thing to do to help Tunisia is to help the authorities to change the electoral law of the country. After free and fair elections of parliament, Tunisia will adopt a new constitution. The Council of Europe is particularly well placed to assist Tunisia in this way. It has excellent instruments such as the Venice Commission, which will travel to Tunisia from 16 to 18 March.”
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