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European Commission for Democracy through Law of the Council of Europe

Venice Commission

The Region of Veneto has regulated its participation in the activities of the Venice Commission through Regional Law No. 55/1999, Article 19 “European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)”.

The European Commission for Democracy through Law - better known as the Venice Commission, from the city where it periodically gathers - is an advisory body of the Council of Europe. It was established in 1990 and since then it has played a leading role in helping former communist Countries of Eastern Europe to adopt constitutions that conform to the standards of Europe’s constitutional heritage.

The Commission works in four key-areas:

  • constitutional assistance;
  • elections and referendums;
  • co-operation with constitutional courts;
  • transnational studies, reports and seminars.


Moreover, the Venice Commission, through the elaboration of laws and advices on constitutional subjects, plays an essential role in the activities of conflict management and conflict prevention.

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