20th anniversary of the Venice Commission
Venice, 7 June - On Saturday, 5 June, the Council of Europe marked the 20th anniversary of the Venice Commission. The event held in Venice was attended by Hungarian President László Sólyom, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, Macedonian Foreign Minister and President of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Antonio Milososki, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Mevlüt Çavašoglu, and Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland. On the part of the Republic of Slovenia, the commemoration of the anniversary was attended by Dr Jože Tratnik, President of the Constitutional Court; Dr Peter Jambrek, alternate member of the Venice Commission; and Ambassador Damjan Bergant, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the Council of Europe.
The Venice Commission is an important link in the development of democracy, the rule of law and human rights. In the past 20 years, the work of the Venice Commission has been considered very successful, and the participants expressed the hope that future cooperation between the Venice Commission and the Member States may be enhanced.