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President Omejec participated in celebrations marking the International Roma Day


8 April 2014 - Professor Dr Jasna Omejec, President of the Court, participated in celebrations marking the International Roma Day, held on 8 April every year since 1971, when the first-ever international Roma congress was held in London. The Congress accepted the name "Roma", together with the official language (romani chib), flag and anthem (Gyelem, gyelem).
In his congratulatory message, the President of the Roma National Council and a member of the Croatian Parliament, Mr Veljko Kajtazi observed that the position of Roma has been improved, but they still face problems in education, low living and health standard. Minister of Foreign Affairs Vesna Pusić, who was awarded the 2014 Roma National Council's award for the contribution to improvement to the Roma position and development of human rights in general, observed that the Roma people, as the most sensible and most excluded community, are a test for the society in general and she praised not only the Roma National Council's work but also all young Roma people who started to develop the sense of pride for belonging to their community and encourage the broader community to use their potential.


Honouring the memory of Dr Jadranko Crnić, first President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia


4 April 2014 - Judge Snježana Bagić, Deputy President, Judge Dr Mario Jelušić and Ms Sandra Marković, senior Constitutional Court legal advisor, laid a wreath and lit a candle on a grave of Dr Jadranko Crnić to pay a tribute to the first President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia. Dr. Crnić passed away on 4 April 2008.


50th anniversary of constitutional judiciary in Bosnia and Herzegovina


31 March 2014 - President of the Croatian Constitutional Court, Professor Dr Jasna Omejec and Judges Slavica Banić and Dr Mato Arlović participated in the ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the constitutional judiciary in Bosnia and Herzegovina, held in Sarajevo on 27 and 28 March 2014. Within a program of the celebrations the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina held a solemn session gathering numerous domestic and foreign guests, among which also a representative of the Council of Europe Secretary General, a representative of the current chair of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts, President of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and Presidents and Judges of the European Constitutional Courts. At an international conference entitled "Constitutional Court - between a negative legislator and positive activism" which was also included in the program of the celebrations, judge Slavica Banić addressed the audience with a presentation "Constitutional Court activism as a necessity for developing legal culture - Croatian example" and Judge Dr Mato Arlović spoke about the constitutional legal framework for judicial activism in Croatia.


98th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe


24 March 2014 - Professor Jasna Omejec, President of the Court and a member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) from the Republic of Croatia together with Judge Slavica Banić, substitute member of the Commission, participated in its 98th Plenary Session, held in Venice from 21 to 22 March 2014. In addition to regular activities of the Commission related to the constitutional assistance, elections and referendum issues, the Agenda also entailed the deliberations on an opinion, made upon a request of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on “whether the decision taken by the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine to organize a referendum on becoming a constituent territory of the Russian Federation or restoring Crimea’s 1992 Constitution is compatible with constitutional principles”.

Furthermore, the agenda also included the opinion made again upon a request of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the compatibility with international law of Draft Federal Constitutional Law No. 462741-6 of the Russian Federation on “Amending the Federal Constitutional Law on the Procedure of Admission to the Russian Federation and creation of a new subject of the Russian Federation in its Composition”. The Venice Commission concluded that this Draft Federal Constitutional Law is not compatible with international law. It violates in particular the principles of territorial integrity, national sovereignty, non-intervention in the internal affairs of another state and pacta sunt servanda. On 17 March 2014, the authors of the Draft Law requested its withdrawal and on 20 March 2014 the Draft Law was removed from the agenda of the Duma (Russian Parliament).

The next session is scheduled for June 2014.


H.E. Azra Kalajdžisalihović, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Croatia in a courtesy call to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia


12 March 2014 - H.E. Azra Kalajdžisalihović, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Republic of Croatia visited today the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia where she was received by Professor Dr. Jasna Omejec, President of the Court and Judge Snježana Bagić, Deputy President. President Omejec informed the Ambassador about the workings of the Croatian Constitutional Court, and both sides agreed that the established cooperation between the Constitutional Courts of Bosnia and Herzegovine and Croatia has been very successful. Ambassador Kalajdžisalihović, who presented her credentials in September 2012, expressed her satisfaction with the level of cooperation between the two countries, and thanked President Omejec for receiving her in a courtesy call.


Official opening of the judicial year of the European Court of Human Rights


31 January 2014 - Invited by Dean Spielmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights, Professor Jasna Omejec, President of the Croatian Constitutional Court participated in the solemn hearing of the European Court marking the opening of its judicial year. She has also participated in the accompanying seminar on the “Implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: a shared judicial responsibility?”. After a speech by Dean Spielmann, the Court’s President, and an introduction by Julia Laffranque, judge of the Court, the seminar continued with presentations by Antônio Augusto Cançado Trinidade, Judge of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Alec Stone Sweet, Professor at the Yale Law School, USA and by Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos and Mark Villiger, Judges of the European Court of Human Rights. The seminar was followed by the official opening ceremony, in the course of which Dean Spielmann, President of the Court, and Andreas Voßkuhle, President of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, addressed the audience representing the judicial world and local and national authorities.


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