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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.