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Co-rapporteurs to make post-monitoring visit to “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

Lise Christoffersen (Norway, SOC) and Valeriu Ghiletchi (Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for post-monitoring dialogue with “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, will make a fact-finding visit to the country from 15 to 18 February 2016.

Discussions will mainly focus on implementation of the June 2015 Przno Agreement, in particular electoral reforms and media laws. They will also look at recent developments in the field of human rights, rule of law and democracy and monitor the implementation of PACE Resolution 1949 (2013) on the post-monitoring dialogue with that country

In Skopje, the co-rapporteurs are due to meet, in particular, the President of the Government (tbc), the Speaker of Parliament, and the Vice-President of the Government responsible for the implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement (tbc). Talks are also scheduled with the Foreign Minister, the Ministers of the Interior, Justice and Labour, and authority representatives in charge of migrants.

Ms Christoffersen and Mr Ghiletchi will hold discussions with the Foreign Affairs parliamentary Committee, leaders of political groups, the Macedonian delegation to PACE, the Special Prosecutor, the President of the State Election Committee, as well as representatives of international organisations, NGOs and the media.

They will also meet local authority representatives in Gostivar and Tetovo.

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Ms Christoffersen and Mr Ghiletchi will give a press conference on Thursday 18 February 2016 at 10.30 am at the Hotel Duvet (Naum Naumovski Borce 40, Skopje).

The Parliamentary Assembly is the political organ of the Council of Europe which includes 47 member States, 28 of which are members of the European Union.