Representatives from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) arrived in Georgia this morning for the start of a three-day fact finding visit to Georgia.
Boriss Cilevičs, from Latvia, and Kerstin Lundgren, from Sweden, will be “monitoring Georgia’s obligations and commitments” to the PACE.
In Tbilisi, the co-rapporteurs will meet the Georgian president, prime minister, Speaker of Parliament, and a number of ministers as well as leading judicial and legal figures.
They will also meet diplomats, NGO representatives, and members of parliament from various different parties. Legislative elections are taking place in Georgia this October.
Boriss Cilevičs comes from the Socialist Group in the PACE, while Swedish MP Kerstin Lundgren belongs to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).
PHOTO: the PACE building in Strasbourg
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