The 56th Meeting of the PABSEC Legal and Political Affairs Committee on was held online on 8 October 2020 with the technical support of the PABSEC International Secretariat.
National delegations from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine took part in the Meeting. The Meeting was chaired by Mr. Mikhail Emelianov, Chairman of the Committee (Russia).
The Committee approved the draft Report and the draft Recommendation 177/2020 “The Role of Parliaments in Combating Pandemic – Legal and Political Aspects” that will be submitted to the Fifty-Sixth Plenary Session of the General Assembly.
The Committee elected Mr. Halit Valteri, member of the PABSEC Albanian Delegation, to the post of Vice-Chairman of the PABSEC Legal and Political Affairs Committee for the term of two years.
The Committee took note of the information on the current activities of the Organization of the BSEC, presented by Mr. Sergei Goncharenko, Deputy Secretary General of the BSEC Permanent International Secretariat.
The next 57th Meeting of the Committee will take place in Azerbaijan on 1-2 April 2021. The main issue will be “The Role of Parliaments in Preventing Human Trafficking – Legal and Political Aspects”. Mr. Nicolae Ciubuc, PABSEC Vice-President, Head of the PABSEC Moldovan Delegation, was appointed the Rapporteur for the Report.
Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, informed the committee members about the initiative of the Hellenic Energy Policy and Development Centre (KEPA), which leads the work in developing green energy in the BSEC Region, about planting trees in 2020 dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the UN. The Secretary General proposed to plant 75 trees on behalf of the PABSEC International Secretariat in one of the districts of Istanbul.
The Secretary General also introduced to the members of the Committee the secret ballot system, which will be used for the elections of the Deputy Secretaries General during the 56th Plenary Session of the General Assembly on 24 November 2020.