The PABSEC Delegation composed of Mr. Ramaz Nikolaishvili, Vice-Chairman of the PABSEC Legal and Political Affairs Committee, member of the PABSEC Georgian delegation and Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, participated in the 28th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which was held in Luxembourg on 4-8 July 2019.
The session was attended by 300 delegates representing 57 member states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, parliaments of the partner countries, as well as the representatives of international organizations.
The general topic of the 28th Annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly was “Advancing Sustainable Development to Promote Security: The Role of Parliaments”. The session included meetings of the Standing Committee, OSCE PA General Committees on Political Affairs and Security, on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment, and on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, as well as the OSCE PA Plenary Session.
At the plenary session on 8 July 2019, Mr. George Tsereteli (Georgia) was re-elected as the President of the OSCE PA. Also Vice-Presidents were elected from Azerbaijan, Romania and Portugal. At the same time the leadership of all three OSCE PA general committees was elected. At the meeting of the Standing Committee on 4 July 2019, Mr. Roberto Montella, OSCE PA Secretary General, was re-appointed to this position for the next five-year term (1 January 2021 - 31 December 2025).
At the end of the Session the Luxembourg Declaration was adopted. It contains recommendations to OSCE member states in the field of political affairs, security, economics, counter-terrorism, environment, technology development, human rights and humanitarian questions.
On the sidelines of the OSCE PA Annual Session, the PABSEC Delegation met with Mr. George Tsereteli, OSCE PA President and Mr. Azay Guliyev, OSCE PA Vice-President and Head of the OSCE PA Silk Road Support Group. The meeting discussed the prospects for further cooperation between the two Assemblies and the possibility of organizing a joint event. Mr. Guliyev invited the PABSEC to the meeting of the OSCE PA Silk Road Support Group, which is scheduled to be held in September 2019 in Switzerland.