Co-rapporteurs to make post-monitoring visit to Bulgaria

Frank Schwabe (Germany, SOC) and Zsolt Németh (Hungary, EPP/CD), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for post-monitoring dialogue with Bulgaria, will make a fact-finding visit to Sofia from 3 to 5 October.

Discussions will mainly focus on the follow up to PACE Resolution 1915 (2013), the state of the judiciary reform, the fight against corruption and organised crime, the situation of refugees and the Roma minority, the conditions in prisons and the Istanbul Convention.

Mr Schwabe and Mr Németh are due to meet the President of the Republic and the Speaker of the National Assembly.

Meetings are also scheduled with Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Interior, and the Deputy Minister of Justice, as well as with the Bulgarian delegation to PACE and representatives of the different parliamentary groups. In addition, the co-rapporteurs will hold talks with representatives of the judicial authorities, civil society and the international community.

Bulgaria is one of the three states engaged in post-monitoring dialogue with the Assembly (1), which deals with outstanding issues after the closure of the full monitoring procedure in 2000.

(1) Bulgaria, Montenegro, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”