11 December 2012

CONGRESS MONITORING VISIT TO ALBANIA

Tirana (12-14 December 2012)

PROGRAMME

Congress delegation:

Rapporteurs:

Mr Zdenek BROZ                                  Rapporteur on local democracy

Chamber of Local Authorities, ECR[1]

Member of the Monitoring Committee of the Congress,

Mayor of Šumperk (Czech Republic)

Mr Ake SVENSSON                              Rapporteur on regional democracy

Chamber of Regions, SOC[2]

Member of the Monitoring Committee of the Congress,

Chairman of the Regional Executive Board of Gotland (Sweden)

Expert:                                                   

Mr David MELUA                                  Consultant, Member of the Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government of the Congress and the Executive Director of the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia

Congress Secretariat:

Ms Sedef CANKOÇAK                          Co-secretary of the Monitoring Committee of the Congress

The working languages, for which interpretation is provided during the visit, will be Albanian and English.

Interpreters:

Ms Teuta BARBULLUHSHI

Ms Albana LILAJ


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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

                   Meeting with the members of the Albanian Delegation to the Congress:

Lulzim BASHA, Flamur BALLIU, Niko PELESHI, Eglantina BEGTESHI, Tahsim MEMA, Luljeta CAKA, Lumturi HOXHA (venue Tirana International Hotel)

                   and Mr Ardian DHIMA, Senior Project Officer for the Council of Europe in Tirana

                   Meeting with members of the Albanian Association of Communes:

                   Mr Fatbardh PLAKU, Chairman, and members (venue Tirana International Hotel)

                   and Mr Ardian DHIMA, Senior Project Officer for the Council of Europe in Tirana

                  Meeting with members of the Albanian Association of Municipalities:

                   Mr Lulzim BASHA, Chairman, and members (venue Tirana International Hotel)

                   and Mr Ardian DHIMA, Senior Project Officer for the Council of Europe in Tirana

                  Meeting with members of the Association of Albanian Regional Councils:

                   Mr Tahsim MEMA, Chairman, and members (venue Tirana International Hotel)

                   and Mr Ardian DHIMA, Senior Project Officer for the Council of Europe in Tirana

                   Working lunch with Mr Vangjush DAKO, Mayor of Durres, Mr Artan SHKEMBI, Mayor of Pogradec, Mr Niko PELESHI, Mayor of Korca, Mrs  Lindita NIKOLLI, Chair of the Municipal Unit no.1, Tirana, Mr Qazim SEJDINI, Mayor of Elbasan, and Mr Shpetim GJIKA, Mayor of Vlor

                   and Mr Ardian DHIMA, Senior Project Officer for the Council of Europe in Tirana

                   Meeting with members of the Legal Issues, Public Administration and Human Rights Committee of the Parliament of Albania:

                   Mr Ilir RUSMALI, Chairman, and members of the Committee (venue: Parliament)

                   Meeting with members of the Economy and Finance Committee of the Parliament of Albania:

                   Mr Edmond SPAHO, Chairman, and members of the Committee (venue Parliament)

                   Meeting with the European Union Delegation to Albania:

                   Mr Clive RUMBOLD, Head of the Political section of the EU Delegation to Albania

                   Working Dinner with a representative of the Swiss Cooperation Office:

                   Mr Holger TAUSCH, Country Director for Swiss CooperationOffice in Tirana

                   and Mr Ardian DHIMA, Senior Project Officer for the Council of Europe in Tirana

Thursday, 13 December 2012

                   Meeting with the Ministry of the Interior:

                   Mr Ferdinand PONI, Deputy Minister responsible for local self-government

and the Directors of Policy Development & Integration, Local Government Policies, Financial Policy and Pubic Administration departments (venue: Ministry)


                   Meeting with the Ministry of Finance:

Ms Mimosa DHEMBI, Director General of Budget, and Mr Fran BRAHIMI (venue Ministry)

                  Working Lunch with a representative of USAID:

Mr Peter CLAVELLE, Chief of Party, Planning and Local Governance Project (PLGP) in Albania

                   and Mr Ardian DHIMA, Senior Project Officer for the Council of Europe in Tirana

                  Meeting with Judges of the Constitutional Court:

                   Mr Bashkim DEDJA, President of the Constitutional Court (venue Court)

                   Meeting with the State Supreme Audit Control (venue: SSAC Office)

                  Mr Robert GJINI, Director General

                  Meeting with the Ombudsman (venue Ombudsman’s Office)

                   Mr Z. Igli TOTOZANI, Ombudsman

                   Meeting with Experts:

                   Mr Edlir VOKAPOLA, member of the GIE and Ms Alba DAKOLI WILSON

Friday, 14 December 2012

                   Meeting with the Mayor of Tirana:

                   Mr Lulzim BASHA, Mayor, and members of the City Council (venue:  Town Hall)

                   Meeting with the Mayor of Pogradec:

                   Mr Artan SHKEMBI, Mayor, and members of the City Council (venue: Town Hall)

                   Meeting with the Mayor of Elbasan:

                   Mr Qazim SEJDINI, Mayor, and members of the City Council (venue: Town Hall)

                   Meeting with the Chair and Members of the Regional Council of Elbasan:

                   Mr Eugen ISAJ, Chairman, and members of the Regional Council (venue Council Building)



[1] ECR: European Conservatives and Reformists Group

[2] SOC: Socialist Group of the Congress