13 June, 08:44

Kosovo becomes 60th member of Venice Commission of Council of Europe

Kosovo becomes 60th member of Venice Commission of Council of Europe

The Republic of Kosovo became the 60th member of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe (CE). According to ITAR-TASS, spokesman of CE Secretary General Daniel Holtgen said that the decision was made after the Committee of Ministers meeting.

The Venice Commission is an expert advisory body to the Council of Europe on constitutional law. Prior to the adoption of Kosovo it consisted of all 47 states and 12 other CE countries - Algeria, Brazil, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, the United States, Tunisia, Chile and South Korea. Another six states, Belarus, Argentina, Canada, Uruguay, Japan and the Vatican participated in it as observers or associate members. Commission gives an opinion on requests of parliaments, governments and heads of states, the Council of Europe and the European Union. Legal position of the Venice Commission is reflected in more than 50 decisions of the Strasbourg Court.

"35 member countries voted for this decision. Six states have opposed, six - abstained. Kosovo is not included in any other institutions of CE," he said.

The Venice Commission is an expert advisory body to the Council of Europe on constitutional law. Prior to the adoption of Kosovo it consisted of all 47 states and 12 other CE countries - Algeria, Brazil, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, the United States, Tunisia, Chile and South Korea. Another six states, Belarus, Argentina, Canada, Uruguay, Japan and the Vatican participated in it as observers or associate members.

Commission gives an opinion on requests of parliaments, governments and heads of states, the Council of Europe and the European Union. Legal position of the Venice Commission is reflected in more than 50 decisions of the Strasbourg Court.

According to Holtgen, "the most important thing is that now Venice Commission's recommendations in relation to" the republic "will be given without notice." Prior to this, in official documents regarding Kosovo, the authors used to put a standard note: "All references herein Kosovo, territory, institutions and communities should be understood in full compliance with Security Council Resolution 1244 of the United Nations and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo".

Furthermore spokesman CE Secretary General pointed out that Strasbourg can now expect a formal request from the government of Kosovo to join the Council of Europe. "Such request may be received before the end of this year," he suggested.

 

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