Gianni Buquicchio, the Secretary of the Council of Europe Venice Commission, exclusively informed Trend that a new meeting with authorities with respect to the Electoral Code is envisaged in Baku in March 2007.
With regards to the Law on Freedom of Assembly, VC expressed its readiness to examine the amendments prepared by the authorities with a view to improving the text. This should hopefully take place in the first half of 2007, and training and awareness on raising activities on the revised law could subsequently be organised in Baku, in co-operation with the OSCE Office, he advised.
The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe has been co-operating with Azerbaijan for more than 10 years, Mr. Buquicchio added. Azerbaijan has come a long way and I believe that we can achieve more by co-operating in a constructive manner. The Electoral Code and Law on Freedom of Assembly are indeed very important for consolidating democracy in your country.