2016 Kazakhstan terrorism conference 310516L-R: Alain Neri, Bahar Muradova, George Tsereteli, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Christine Muttonen, Roberto Montella, Kent Harstedt; Astana, 31 May 2016ASTANA, 2 June 2016 – OSCE PA Special Representative for Central and Eastern Asia Christine Muttonen (MP, Austria) and other senior members spoke Tuesday at the “Religions against Terrorism” conference in Astana on the eve of the 15th meeting of the Secretariat of the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

Expressing a strong belief in the role of inter-parliamentary diplomacy and noting that the OSCE PA has become an important platform for supporting inter-religious dialogue, Muttonen called for greater unity and co-operation across the OSCE area in countering violent extremism and said that promoting understanding and tolerance between religions is an essential component of the overall work of the OSCE.

“The level of peace, freedom and stability that we have achieved within the OSCE area cannot be taken for granted,” she said. “We constantly need to stand up for it and maintain it, if we don’t want to lose it again.”

2012-EC-Batumi-Family-PhotoGroup photo of participants in the OSCE PA Economic Conference in Batumi, Georgia.On the invitation of the Georgian Parliament, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Economic Conference took place in Batumi, Georgia, from 12 to 14 May 2012. 

Nearly 100 parliamentarians from 34 OSCE countries convened for the conference focused on fostering economic co-operation, sustainable development and stability in the OSCE region.

Discussions concentrated on strengthening energy security and efficiency, creating a transparent investment environment, addressing security challenges through economic policy, expanding transportation and tourism development, and growing small- and medium-sized enterprises.

2011-CISIPA-St.Pete PE Ecological CongressCOPENHAGEN, 25 May 2011 – Addressing the Commonwealth of Independent States Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in St. Petersburg on 16 May, President Petros Efthymiou stressed that "today more than ever, we need to continue working together to ensure peace, security and freedom for all our citizens." He also said that as directly elected representatives, Members of Parliament provide the democratic foundation for both the CIS and the OSCE.

On the margins of the Session, the Security Committees of parliamentary assemblies of the CIS, Council of Europe, the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the OSCE held a joint meeting, which focused on a report from the Speaker of the Afghan Parliament on the need to step up international co-operation to fight drug trafficking.

2011-EC-Bozen-Bolzano-MiglioriVIENNA, 25 May 2011 -- Italy's OSCE PA Delegation, in co-operation with the Autonomous Province of Bolzano-Bozen, held a seminar on "The Protection of National Minorities: The Bolzano Recommendations and the OSCE Policy" in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy on 20 May.

The seminar, aimed at following up on the Bolzano Recommendations on National Minorities in Inter-State Relations, was attended by 120 delegates from 24 participating States. With the goal of developing best practices on protecting the rights of minorities in order to prevent inter-ethnic tensions, the seminar included addesses by Luis Durnwalder, President of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano-Bozen; PA Vice-President and Head of the Italian Delegation Riccardo Migliori; Amb. Knut Vollebaek, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities; and Matteo Mecacci, Rapporteur of the OSCE PA's Third Committee.

2010 TAPF PanelPresident Joao Soares addresses the Second Trans-Asian Parliamentary Forum, 14 May 2010.Under the theme "The OSCE Eurasian Dimension," the Second Trans-Asian Parliamentary Forum, organized jointly by OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, was successfully concluded on 15 May.

Over 100 parliamentarians from 35 OSCE participating States and Mediterranean partner countries, as well as parliamentarians from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Qatar, participated in the Forum during which the high points were two special sessions with lively discussions on Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Parliamentary representatives from the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and the Turkic-speaking countries (Turk-PA) also participated.

2009-MC-Cairo-Migliori-Pozuelo-MecacciLeft to right: Riccardo Migliori (Italy), Isabel Pozuelo (Spain), and Matteo Mecacci (Italy).A high level delegation from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, appointed by President Joao Soares, participated in the 2009 OSCE Mediterranean Conference held in Cairo on 14 and 15 December.

Vice-President Isabel Pozuelo, who also heads the Spanish delegation to the PA, led the Assembly's delegation to the Cairo Conference. Other members included Riccardo Migliori, Rapporteur of the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security and Head of the Italian delegation to the PA, and Matteo Mecacci, Rapporteur of the Assembly's General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions.

The Cairo Mediterranean Conference, an annual event of the OSCE, focused on "The Mediterranean Partners and the OSCE: Co-operation toward enhanced security and stability." It included sessions and discussions on politico-military aspects of security in the OSCE area and the Mediterranean, implications on migration of the current economic and financial crisis, and the prospects for further OSCE-Mediterranean co-operation.