PABSEC General Assembly to meet in Athens on December 8-9

Athens will host a meeting of the 44th General Assembly of the PABSEC (Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation) on December 8-9, 2014. The main intrigue of the meeting will be the election of the secretary general of the organization and his deputy, and Ukraine has its candidates for these posts.
The duties of the PABSEC secretary general are currently fulfilled by Ukrainian representative Kyrylo Tretiak. The re-election to this post was to be held in May this year, and at that time there had been no alternative proposal, except for the Ukrainian candidate. Russia did not like the absence of competition and tried to thwart the election of the Ukrainian diplomat for the post, so the vote was postponed. Today Russia supports a representative of Azerbaijan.
Another issue of the plenary discussion will be “BSEC Region as an Integral Part of the Global Cooperation.”
The assembly will also hold debates on the reports and recommendations drafted by the PABSEC committees during their recent meetings, in particular, on the role of parliaments of the BSEC member states in enhancing and regulating international passenger and cargo transportation in the BSEC region, the role of parliaments in providing legislative support to the development of small entrepreneurship in the BSEC member states, and on gender equality in the region.
Following discussions, the assembly will adopt recommendations on these subjects addressed to the parliaments and governments of the member states and to the Organization of the BSEC.
The General Assembly will be chaired by Greek Parliament Speaker Vangelis Meimarakis.
At the end of the Athens Session, the PABSEC term presidency will be taken over for the next six months by the Moldovan parliament. The next General Assembly will be held in Chisinau on June 15-17, 2015.
The main task of the assembly, which was founded in 1993, is strengthening and developing interparliamentary cooperation in the Black Sea region, resolving issues of utmost importance to the member states of the organization, strengthening democracy, the rule of law, and developing a market economy.
PABSEC brings together members of parliaments from the 12 member states of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation – Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.
The Athens Session will be attended by the parliamentary delegations from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

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