PACE delegation makes a post-election visit to Tunisia

Strasbourg, 13.01.2012 – A delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Andreas Gross (Switzerland, SOC), will travel to Tunis on 16 and 17 January. The President of the Venice Commission – the Council of Europe's group of independent legal experts – will also join the delegation.

The purpose of this visit is to assess the scope for strengthening PACE’s institutional relations with the new Constituent National Assembly and with other Tunisian institutions and partners, following the elections of 23 October 2011.

Discussions are scheduled with the President of the Republic, Moncef Mourzouki, the Prime Minister, Hamadi Jebali, the Speaker of the Constituent National Assembly, Mustapha Ben Jaafar, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rafik Ben Abdessalem, and representatives of the political groups in the Constituent National Assembly. The delegation will also meet the President of the Independent High Authority for the Elections (ISIE), Mohamed Kamel Jendoubi, and representatives of the international community and NGOs.

Members of the delegation:
Andreas Gross (Switzerland, SOC), Head of delegation
Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE)
Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission (Italy)

Statement of the PACE observation mission following the elections of 23.10.2011