STRASBOURG 04.12.2007 – A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities is visiting Montenegro this week from 5-8 December 2007 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention by this country. In addition to Podgorica, the delegation will visit Bijelo Polje, Berane, Rozaje as well as Tuzi.This visit is taking place less than two months after the adoption of the new Constitution of Montenegro: the resulting legislative framework for the protection of national minorities together with its effective implementation will be at the centre of the discussions.The delegation will be having meetings with the representatives of all relevant ministries, as well as with the Constitutional Court, the Ombudsman’s Office and the Parliament. In addition to contacts with public officials, the delegation will also meet persons belonging to national minorities and human rights NGOs. Following its visit, the Advisory Committee will adopt its own report (called Opinion) in early 2008, which will be sent to the Montenegrin Government for comments. The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe will then adopt conclusions and recommendations in respect of Montenegro.