Participation of Mr. Miltiadis MAKRYGIANNIS, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, at the 10th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM)

Participation of Mr. Miltiadis MAKRYGIANNIS, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, at the 10th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM)

Mr. Miltiadis MAKRYGIANNIS, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, participated to the 10th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) which took place in Tirana on 18 – 19 February 2016.

Around 250 delegates, including high-level representatives from various Parliaments, the United Nations and other regional organisations, participated and addressed the Plenary.

The first session of the Plenary was dedicated to the debates on political developments and perspectives in the Mediterranean, the second debate was dedicated to the economic and environmental challenges and the third discussed migration, inter-cultural dialogue and other social issues.

PABSEC Deputy Secretary General pointed that PABSEC and PAM have established a strong and fruitful cooperation and share the same vision, which starts from the belief that Parliaments and parliamentarians have a privilege to tackle the difficulties related to relations among states. He also stated that the major problem in nowadays which gradually became a global challenge is the refugee crisis and, as it is proved daily, states are not equipped to deal with on their own. He underlined that Europe is experiencing the highest numbers of displacement since the 2nd World War and more people than ever before are forced to flee because of war, conflict and violence. Countries of transit and destination experience refugee and irregular migration flows of huge dimensions and face enormous challenges in dealing with such large numbers of people and in regaining control of their migration systems.

Mr. Makrygiannis also pointed that migration affects all aspects of society and all aspects of life. Its challenges cannot be met and its opportunities cannot be utilized at the national level and by individual policies alone. It is absolutely important to adopt a truly comprehensive and a truly international approach according to which, states must regain control over the present migration flows, they have to offer protection to those who need it and offer opportunities for legal migration.

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