Participation of Mrs. Roberta Alma Anastase, PABSEC Vice-President and Head of the PABSEC Romanian Delegation, in the 17th Winter Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA), Vienna, 22-23 February 2018

Participation of Mrs. Roberta Alma Anastase, PABSEC Vice-President and Head of the PABSEC Romanian Delegation, in the 17th Winter Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA), Vienna, 22-23 February 2018

Mrs. Roberta Alma Anastase, PABSEC Vice-President and Head of the PABSEC Romanian Delegation, participated in the 17th Winter Meeting of the OSCE PA, which took place on 22-23 February 2018, in Vienna, at the Hofburg Congress Centre.

More than 240 parliamentarians from 53 countries gathered in Vienna for the 17th Winter Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The debates were focused on important issues, such as: “fake news”, climate change, arms control, migration and terrorism. The OSCE parliamentarians also discussed the necessity to improve the level of dialogue in these times of heightened international tensions.

The Opening session included speeches by Mr. George Tsereteli, President of the OSCE PA, Mr. Vincenzo Amendola, Italy’s Under Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Mr. Thomas Greminger, OSCE Secretary General.

The Winter Meeting featured presentations from government representatives of the OSCE countries to the OSCE PA’s three general committees on issues related to political and security affairs, economics and the environment, and human rights and humanitarian questions.

The general committees heard preliminary reports from committee rapporteurs, holding debates on topical issues.

Also, the three committees of the OSCE PA met for a joint session, where members heard reports by Lord Peter Bowness, the Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on the Rules of Procedure; Dr. Hedy Fry, the OSCE PA Special Representative on Gender Issues; Mr. Filippo Lombardi, the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Migration and Mr. Makis Voridis, the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Countering Terrorism.

Mrs. Roberta Alma Anastase, PABSEC Vice-President and Head of the PABSEC Romanian Delegation had a meeting with Mr. George Tsereteli, President of the OSCE PA, during which several issues of common interest between the two Assemblies were discussed. Mr. Victor Paul Dobre (Romania), Vice-President of the OSCE PA and Mr. Roberto Montella, Secretary General of the OSCE PA, also participated in the meeting.

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