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2001 AS Paris bigAt the conclusion of the Annual Session in Paris from 6-10 July 2001 the Paris Declaration was adopted. It included a unanimously adopted resolution on strengthening transparency and accountability in the OSCE. The Resolution contained the proposal that before making major decisions, to be defined in future consultations, the Ministerial Council should take into account the opinion of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

The Assembly also recommended that as long as the OSCE complies with the strict consensus rule the decision-making process should not be secret and that objections to any proposal must be made known to any interested OSCE participating State or OSCE Institution. An Ad Hoc Committee was established to monitor the implementation of the resolution and to promote transparency and accountability in the OSCE.

The Paris Declaration dealt with political, economic development and human rights aspects of the central theme of the OSCE PA’s Tenth Annual Session: ‘European Security and Conflict Prevention: Challenges to the OSCE in the 21st Century’. This included issues such as the implications of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) for the OSCE Region, as well as parliamentary oversight of the European Union’s emerging defence capability.

Recommendations were also made regarding women’s participation in the labour market, the interplay between environmental and/or economic factors and the security of the OSCE region as well as on bringing legislation on citizenship up to international standards in the OSCE area.Resolutions were also adopted on abolition of the death penalty; prevention of torture, abuse, extortion or other unlawful acts; combating trafficking in human beings; combating corruption and international crime; freedom of the media as well as resolutions on South Eastern Europe, the North Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine.