Monday, March 22, 2010

PACE will make official visits to Moldova and Georgia

Mevlüt Çavusoglu, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make an official visit to Moldova from 22 to 25 March 2010, where he aims to promote stability and fully functioning democratic institutions, and contribute to moving the current political situation in the country forward.

In Chisinau he is due to meet the Acting President and Speaker of Parliament Mihai Ghimpu, as well as members of the government, and the heads of the different parliamentary groups and main political parties. On Thursday he will address a plenary session of the Parliament.

Meanwhile, Mátyás Eörsi and Kastriot Islami, co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will visit Tbilisi from 21 to 24 March 2010 for talks on constitutional and electoral reform, the forthcoming local elections and media freedom, as well as minority issues.

They are due to meet the President of the Republic, the Speaker of Parliament, the Ministers for Re-integration and for Refugees, the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, the heads of the Central Election Commission, State Constitutional Commission and National Communications Commission, the Deputy Public Defender and representatives of opposition parties, as well as national broadcasters and civil society.

Georgia is one of ten Council of Europe member states currently subject to the Assembly’s monitoring procedure, which involves regular dialogue with a country’s authorities and periodic assessments by the Assembly. The last public assessment of the situation in Georgia was in April 2009.

Press Releases: PACE. Published in Strasbourg on 19 March 2010.

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