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Working meeting with the Judges of the Constitutional Court of Slovenia

2 October 2015 - Invited by Miroslav Mozetič, President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia, the judges of the Croatian Constitutional Court, led by Professor Dr Jasna Omejec, President, have been in an official and working meeting to Slovenia held today in Logar Valley.

At these working meetings, which have been uninterruptedly held for more than 30 years, the judges exchange views on the most recent topics of constitutional jurisprudence. This year they addressed constitutional aspects of the private and public purpose of the Supreme Court. Furthermore, the judges talked about the most recent decisions of both courts thereby contributing to a debate on the course of development of constitutional judiciary in the two states.

Judicial officials from the European Judicial Training Network visited the Constitutional Court

25 September 2015 - Judge Dr Mario Jelušić received today several EU judicial officials whom the Croatian Judicial Academy hosted within the Exchange Program of Judicial Authorities. The Exchange Program, which was initiated by the European Parliament in 2003, aims at developing the mutual trust between judicial authorities of the EU members by allowing them to get to know each other better and by giving them the opportunity to work together. Judge Jelušić introduced the colleagues to the functioning and organisation of the Croatian Constitutional Court, specially emphasising that the Court is not part of the judiciary. The judicial officials were particularly interested to hear about the process of election of constitutional judges, given that in Croatia the procedure for electing a judge starts with public tender. Furthermore, they discussed about the procedure in connection with an appeal of judges against the decision of the National Judicial Council to relieve a judge of office and about the disciplinary responsibility of a judge (Constitutional Court procedures of appeal).

Launching of the book "Selection of Judgments of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. Additional Edition in Croatian Language."

15 September 2015. - Organised by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Croatian Constitutional Court, the Conference launching the book "Selection of Judgments of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. Additional Edition in Croatian Language" was held today in the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. President of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts Dr Zvonko Kusić, President of the Croatian Constitutional Court Professor Jasna Omejec, Head of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Legal State Program in SE Europe Mr. Thorsten Geissler, German Ambassador to Croatia, H.E. Thomas E. Schultze and Judges of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany Dr Sibylle Kessal-Wulf and Wilhelm Schluckebier, addressed numerous representatives of the legislative, judicial and executive branches, academic community and the Croatian Constitutional Court. The book itself was presented by Professor Jasna Omejec, President and Dr Snježana Bagić, Vice-President of the Croatian Constitutional Court. Most of 51 translated judgments are dedicated to the fundamental rights, in the sphere where the jurisprudence of the German Federal Constitutional Court has made the strongest influence on constitutional courts of other European states, and also Croatia. As it was emphasised in the presentation of the book, not only the Croatian Constitutional Court directly invoked on the case-law of the German Court in many of its judgments, but was also influenced by the imperatives of the German Court on the interpretation of the constitutional text, although sometimes the jurisprudence of the two courts has necessarily been different. At the end President Omejec said: "The jurisprudence of the German Federal Constitutional Court has to be approached with the awareness of one's own differences, but never in a way that would avert us from trying to learn as much as we can from the experience and wisdom offered on a platter. The great 1949 German Constitution cannot be read without it, (...) nor can the modern European constitutional judiciary be understood."

Preparatory meeting for the XVIIth Congress of the Conference of the European Constitutional Courts

12 September 2015 - at the preparatory meeting for the XVIIth Congress of the Conference of the European Constitutional Courts, held in Batumi, Georgia from 9 to 12 September 2015, the participants representing forty-one member states, including the delegation of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia composed of Vice President Dr Snježana Bagić and Judge Dr Mato Arlović, discussed organisational and financial issues of the forthcoming Congress. An international symposium entitled "Application of international treaties by constitutional courts and equivalent bodies: Challenges to the dialogue" was also held within the preparatory meeting. The XVIIth Congress is scheduled for 29 June 2017 in Batumi, with the topic "Role of constitutional courts in upholding and applying constitutional principles".

Participants of the International conference on the role of courts in the EU visited the Constitutional Court

26 June 2015 - Judge Dr Snježana Bagić, Deputy President of the Court received today a group of participants in the international conference entitled The critical legal studies perspective on the role of courts in the EU: transformation or re-constitution of Europe, to be held today and tomorrow at the Faculty of Law Zagreb. Judge Bagić introduced the guests in the workings and organisation of the Constitutional Court and its position in the Croatian legal system. Among other things, they also addressed issues of preliminary questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union and position of EU law in the hierarchy of legal norms in Croatia. In the group that visited the Court were also Judge Koen Lenaerts, Vice President of the Court of Justice of the EU, Dr Siniša Rodin, Judge of the Court of Justice of the EU and Mr Branko Hrvatin, President of the Supreme Court of Croatia.

103rd Plenary Session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

20 June 2015 - 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 participated in its 103 Plenary Session, held in Venice from 19 to 20 June 2015. In the framework of its regular activities related to the constitutional assistance, elections and referendum issues, the Commission adopted, among other documents, also the following opinions and reports: the opinion on Media Legislation of Hungary, the joint opinion by the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR on the amendments to the Constitution of Kyrgyzstan, the opinion on the Law on the People's Advocate of the Republic of Moldova; declaration on interference with judicial independence in Turkey, the report on restrictions on freedom of expression and freedom of association of judges, following a request by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; the report on the method of nomination of candidates within political parties and the preliminary report on exclusion of offenders from Parliament. The Commission was also informed on the preparations for the meeting of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts to be held in Batumi, Georgia, in 2017 and held an exchange of views with representatives of the Committee of Ministers, of the Parliamentary Assembly and of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The next session is scheduled for December 2015.

President Omejec delivered a speech at the Forum on electoral systems held in Mexico City

12 June 2015 - related to elections for the House of Representatives of the General Congress of the United States of Mexico (Congreso General de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos), the Electoral Tribunal for the Federal Judiciary (Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación) and the National Electoral Institute (Instituto Nacional Electoral) organised a Forum in Mexico City gathering numerous national and foreign electoral experts. Professor Jasna Omejec, President of the Croatian Constitutional Court, addressed Forum's participants also as a member of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and spoke about the procedural aspect of the European electoral dispute resolutions mechanisms with the special reference on Croatian electoral system and the role of the Croatian Constitutional Court in electoral process. At the end she recalled that the electoral law in Europe has reached such a level of standardisation that we can talk about a European Electoral Heritage, the respect of which is ensured also in the Croatian electoral legislation.

Within her stay in Mexico, President Omejec, as an international observer, visited several polling stations throughout the city and attended proclamation of the electoral results in the National Electoral Institute.The Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI) retained the majority in the Parliament winning between 246 and 263 lower house seats.

President Omejec spoke at the Third simulated session of the Croatian Parliament for secondary-school students

25 May 2015 - Professor Jasna Omejec, President of the Constitutional Court, addressed the participants of the Third simulated session of the Croatian Parliament for secondary-school students, where they deliberated and adopted amendments to the current Prevention of Disorder at Sports Competitions Act. Addressing them before the session, President Omejec warned young MPs that in their deliberations on the optimal legal framework for the prevention of disorders at sports competitions they have to take account of the requirements stemming from the Croatian Constitution, i.e. that the measures they are to adopt for the protection of rights and freedoms of others and the general interest of the community have to be efficient but also must not compromise development of sport as such or excessively restrict the rights and freedoms of other individuals who attend sports events in good faith. In the end, she recalled that every piece of legislation, hence the one to be passed at this session, is subject to the scrutiny of the Constitutional Court, who is competent to repeal every act if in breach of the Constitution and fundamental requirements of the democratic society.

The simulated session of the Croatian Parliament for secondary-school students is a joint project of the Citizens Service of the Croatian Parliament and the Education and Teacher Training Agency which is being carried out within the experimental implementation of the Curriculum for civil education.