President Muttonen welcomes Russian engagement with OSCE PA in meetings with Matvienko and Tolstoy in Moscow
MOSCOW, 30 November 2016 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Christine Muttonen (MP, Austria) met with Russian Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matvienko and State Duma Deputy Chair Petr Tolstoy in Moscow this week for talks that focused on Russian involvement in the work of the OSCE PA, contribution of parliamentarians to the OSCE, and developments in and around Ukraine.
The sides also exchanged views on the OSCE’s assessment of recent Russian elections, and discussed conclusions from the OSCE PA’s Annual Session in Tbilisi last July. Muttonen was accompanied by OSCE PA Secretary General Roberto Montella.
Nikolay Kovalev, member of the Russian delegation to the OSCE PA and Special Representative on Anti-Terrorism, participated in Tuesday’s meeting with President Muttonen and Deputy Chair Tolstoy, who was representing State Duma Chairperson Vyacheslave Volodin while he was on unforeseen travel outside of the Russian Federation. Muttonen welcomed information shared by Tolstoy regarding the recent appointment of a new Russian delegation to the OSCE PA following September’s elections to the State Duma.
OSCE PA’s economic and environmental committee leaders applaud historic effort to contain Chernobyl contamination
COPENHAGEN, 29 November 2016 – Welcoming the unveiling of a giant new dome being placed over Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s fourth reactor in Ukraine – the site 30 years ago of the worst accident in the history of nuclear power in the world – the leadership of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s General Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment today issued the following statement:
“On behalf of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s economic and environmental committee, we welcome this massive collective effort to make Chernobyl safe. The enormous metal structure being placed today over the nuclear power plant’s failed fourth reactor will not only help ensure the safety of Ukraine and generations to come across Europe, it is also a symbol of the international commitment to address the continued legacy of this tragedy even today, three decades after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
“While we should never forget the tragic disaster 30 years ago, we hope that this dome not only shields future generations from radiation leaks, but also helps bring to a close once and for all the tragic chapter of the Chernobyl disaster.”
COPENHAGEN, 28 November 2016 – OSCE parliamentarians will observe the upcoming parliamentary elections in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and provide leadership for the short-term OSCE observer mission.
OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Frank-Walter Steinmeier has appointed Roberto Battelli (MP, Slovenia) as Special Co-ordinator to lead the short-term OSCE observer mission for the 11 December vote. Azay Guliyev (MP, Azerbaijan) will serve as Head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegation, which will include around 25 MPs from 12 OSCE participating States.
“My fellow observers and I look forward to following the electoral process in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in great detail. Given the postponement of these elections in the past and political crises in the country, there is a timely need for credible elections that will help bring an end to political maneuvers that are detrimental for the country,” Special Co-ordinator Battelli said.
Sanchez Amor meets with EU Commission Vice-President Timmermans to discuss rule of law and fundamental rights
COPENHAGEN, 14 November 2014 – The Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s human rights committee, Ignacio Sanchez Amor, met today in Bratislava (Slovakia) with the Vice-President of the Commission of the European Union, Frans Timmermans, whose responsibilities include the rule of law and fundamental rights.
In the meeting, the sides discussed what could be done both within the OSCE and the EU to improve all countries’ records on human rights and the rule of law. Sanchez Amor and Timmermans explored ways to improve co-ordination among relevant OSCE and EU bodies on these issues.
“Co-ordination with other international institutions or organizations with competence in human rights and rule of law issues can be useful for a more effective defense of common democratic principles both East and West of Vienna,” Sanchez Amor said.