Participation of Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, in the 26th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference, Hamburg, 3-5 September 2017
Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, participated in the 26th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference in Hamburg, which was hosted by the Parliament of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on 3-5 September 2017.
The Conference was addressed by Mrs. Carola Veit, President of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference and President of the Parliament of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and Mr. Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of Hamburg. In her address, Mrs. Veit pointed out that Hamburg, as the member of the BSPC since 1991, has driven initiatives in the region and identified issues of concern for the Baltic Sea Region. Mr. Scholz highlighted the long history of the cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region and gave examples of contemporary projects and initiatives that bring the BSR together.
Around 180 parliamentarians, representatives of international organizations, diplomatic corps, scientists, experts and other important guests participated in this gathering.
The participants in the Conference discussed the issues of the innovative Science, the Sustainable Tourism- Participation and the Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region.
During the BSPC Conference, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) and the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance the cooperation between the two parliamentary bodies.
The Memorandum was signed by Mrs. Carola Veit, Acting President of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (2016-2017) and forthcoming president of the BSPC, by Mr. Jörgen Pettersson (2017-2018) and by Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General.
The Memorandum of Understanding will further strengthen the cooperation at the regional level, between the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea, and also at the international level, where issues of common interest require closer cooperation to promote shared values and projects, for the benefit of the citizens. The Agreement comes to reaffirm the strategic importance of both regions, the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea, and the need for peace, stability, security and prosperity for their people.