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Co-rapporteurs make monitoring visit to Albania

Strasbourg, 29.11.2013 – Jonathan Evans (United Kingdom, EDG) and Grigore Petrenco (Republic of Moldova, UEL), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of obligations and commitments by Albania, will make a fact-finding visit to that country from 1 to 5 December 2013.

Discussions are expected to mainly focus on co-operation between the government and the opposition, the independence of the judiciary, the de-politicisation of the public administration, the fight against corruption, human rights protection – including in places of detention – and the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.

In Tirana, the co-rapporteurs are due to meet the Prime Minister, the Minister of the Interior, and the Minister responsible for Local Authorities and Decentralisation. Talks are also scheduled with the leader of the Democratic Party, the Albanian delegation to the PACE, representatives of the judicial authorities, the Ombudsman, the Central Election Commission, as well as with representatives of NGOs and the diplomatic community.

In Vlore, the co-rapporteurs will meet representatives of local authorities and will visit a prison.

Mr Evans and Mr Petrenco will give a press conference on Thursday 5 December at 9 am at the Rogner Hotel in Tirana.