28 Mar Meeting “Eleftherios Venizelos and the constitutional reforms. From past to present” (Athens, 27.11.2007).
On the occasion of the 70 years of the death of Eleftherios Venizelos, the Foundation organised a scientific conference on the topic “Eleftherios Venizelos and constitutional reforms. From past to present”, on Monday, November 27th, 2006 in Athens (Old Parliament Hall).
On the occasion of the forthcoming reform, the conference started with the constitutional reforms of Eleftherios Venizelos and examined their relation with contemporary issues. With Venizelos’ personal involvement in reforms or constitutional modifications (Constitutions of the Cretan State of 1899 & 1907, Greek Constitution of 1911, reform proposals of 1920 & 1932), a series of prevalent issues, methods and priorities emerged. Issues covering all the constitutional amendments were selected from the content of the reforms: power balance and State organs, the church – state relationship, professional incompatibility for MPs, acceleration of the legislative procedure, judicial independence and constitutionality control, decentralisation and public servant guarantees, individual rights and urban development, siege conditions and right abuse, minority protection, education and language protection.
During the conference, the examination of the aforementioned issues in their evolutionary dimension was attempted, emphasising on the reforms that were subsequent to those of Venizelos.
The conference was organised under the auspices of the Greek Parliament.