Press release - 319(2011)

Local elections in Albania:
Congress carries out a pre-electoral visit in Tirana

Date: 12 - 13 April 2011

Location: Tirana (Albania)

A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, headed by Hana Richtermocova, Czech Republic (ILDG), will carry out a pre-electoral mission to Albania, in view of the upcoming local elections which are scheduled for 8 May 2011.

The delegation will meet Edmond Haxhinasto, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Poni, Deputy Minister of Interior as well as Arben RIstani, Chair of the Central Election Commission and Albana Dhimitri, Deputy Mayor of Tirana.

The pre-election delegation will also have encounters with representatives of political parties, members of the Albanian delegation to the Congress as well as representatives of international organisations, NGOs and media.

A larger Congress delegation – including members of the EU-Committee of the Regions – will be in the country from 4 to 10 May to observe the elections.

Members of the Congress pre-election delegation:

Hana Richtermocova, Czech Republic (ILDG) (Head of delegation)

Mamuka Abuladze, Georgia (EPP/CD)

Michel Guegan (France, NR).


Council of Europe Office in Tirana, Tel: + 355 42 22 84 19;

Giampaolo Cordiale, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Tel.+ 33

Communication Division of the Congress
of Local and Regional Authorities
Tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 48 95
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 27 51