1. Without prejudice to the competence of council of Europe bodies, the Commission can undertake research activities in its own way and, if necessary, develop studies and draft international guidelines, laws and agreements. Any Commission proposal can be discussed and accepted by the legal bodies of the Council of Europe. 2. As part of its mandate, the Commission may issue opinions at the request of the Committee of Ministers, the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of European Territorial Authorities, the Secretary-General or a state or international organisation or organisation involved in the work of the Commission. When a state requests an opinion on a case involving another state, the Commission informs the state concerned and submits the matter to the Committee of Ministers, provided the two states do not agree. May 1176 was followed by a defeat for Frédéric Barbarossa. Shortly thereafter, Frederick sent envoys to Pope Alexander III in Anagni to demand an end to the division between him and Frederick`s Antipapst Callixtus III. With an interim agreement reached, a conference was scheduled for July 1177. Friedrich spent some time in the meantime in the Venetian rivalries in the hope of securing a pro-imperial group in power at the time of the confrontation. “The Commission`s main mission is to provide constitutional support to states, mainly, but not exclusively, to those involved in its activities. This aid takes the form of opinions drawn up by the Commission at the request not only of the States, but also of the council of Europe institutions.
The Commission has therefore often made a decisive contribution to the evolution of constitutional law, especially, 18 if not exclusively, in the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe. – examine the problems posed by the work of democratic institutions, their strengthening and their development. The members of the Venice Commission are independent experts. The Commission holds four plenary sessions a year in Venice and works mainly in three areas: constitutional aid, constitutional law and electoral and referendum issues. It has also extended its expertise beyond Europe. 4. Representatives of the Committee of Ministers, the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of European Territorial Authorities and the Veneto Region can participate in the Commission`s meetings. (a) constitutional, legislative and administrative principles and techniques that serve the effectiveness and strengthening of democratic institutions, as well as the principle of the rule of law; 1.
If deemed necessary, the Commission may be assisted by consultants. 7. The Committee of Ministers may, by a majority in Article 20, paragraph 20 D, of the council of Europe statute, empower the Commission to invite international organisations or bodies to participate in its work.