Participation of Mr. Ramazan CAN, Head of the PABSEC Turkish Delegation and Mr. Asaf HAJIYEV, PABSEC Secretary General, in the 15th Winter Meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for the Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE PA)
Nearly 300 parliamentarians from the 57 OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation, including several speakers of parliament, participated in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's 15th Winter Meeting at the Hofburg Congress Centre in Vienna on 25-26 February 2016. In the Meeting, PABSEC was represented by Mr. Ramazan CAN, Head of the PABSEC Turkish Delegation and Mr. Asaf HAJIYEV, PABSEC Secretary General.
During the Joint Session of the three General Committees, Mr. Sergey Naryshkin, PABSEC President, Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan, Ms. Doris Bures, President of the National Council of Austria, Mr. Ilkka Kanerva, President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (Finland) and Mr. Gernot Erler, Special Representative of the Federal Government of Germany for the OSCE Chairmanship in 2016 addressed the participants.
The problems of migrants and refugees in Europe and efforts to strengthen the collective response was the central theme of parliamentary debate and keynote presentations. Special debate was reserved for the topic on “Migration management: opportunities and challenges to the economy in the OSCE region”. The human rights of migrants and refugees, efforts to combat terrorism and the Ukraine crisis were also discussed during the meeting, which featured remarks by high-level OSCE officials.
During the first day, Mr. Hajiyev had special meetings with Mr. George Tsereteli, OSCE PA Vice-President (Georgia), and Mr. Roberto Montella, OSCE PA Secretary General (Italy), where the sides agreed to improve relations between the two Assemblies through the organization of joint activities on common issues. The OSCE PA representatives expressed the political will in this direction.
On the second day of the Winter Meeting, Mr. Hajiyev had the meetings with Mrs. Christine Muttonen, Spokesperson on Foreign Policy and EU Affairs, Member of the Austrian Parliament and Dr. Harald Dossi, Secretary General of the Austrian Parliament. During his meeting with Mr. Dossi, Mr. Hajiyev provided brief information on PABSEC, its structure and its current activities. Having noted that the Republic of Austria has the Observer Status in the BSEC, Mr. Hajiyev explained the procedure of granting Observer Status by the PABSEC to the parliaments of the countries that are already the BSEC Observers and proposed Mr. Dossi to consider this issue. Mr. Dossi said that he will bring this issue to the attention of the Austrian Parliament.
In addition, the PABSEC Secretary General also had the opportunity to meet with Mrs. Marietta Tidei, Member of the Delegation of Italy to OSCE PA. During the meeting Mr. Hajiyev noted that the Republic of Italy has the Observer Status in the BSEC and explained the procedure of granting Observer Status by the PABSEC to the parliaments of the countries that are already the BSEC Observers. Mr. A. Hajiyev asked the support of Mrs. Tidei to bring this issue to the attention of the Parliament of Italy.
Mr. Hajiyev also had meetings with Mr. Georgios Varemenos, Head of the Delegation of Greece to OSCE PA. The sides discussed the issues of mutual interest. Mr. Hajiyev informed about the developments regarding the Declaration on “Strengthening the Status of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation”.
At the end of the OSCE PA Winter Meeting, Mr. Hajiyev was invited by Mrs. Doris Barnett (Germany), the OSCE PA Treasurer and the Head of the Delegation of Germany to OSCE PA, to participate in a Parliamentary Seminar to be held in Frankfurt on 16-17 April 2016.