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2007-Troika-Belgrade-Battelli-DulicPresident of the Serbian Parliament Oliver Dulic and MP Roberto Battelli.The over 70 participants in the seminar on Parliamentary Oversight of the Budget, which took place in the Serbian National Parliament in Belgrade on 11 June 2007, all agreed that parliamentary co-operation must continue in order to meet important challenges in the region. Participants stressed that parliamentary oversight over the budget is crucial for transparent, accountable and truly democratic administrative structures.

The seminar, which was organized by the OSCE PA in its capacity as chair of the Parliamentary Troika of the Stability Pact on South East Europe, in cooperation with the OSCE Mission in Serbia, was addressed by a number of senior officials, including: the recently elected President of the Serbian Parliament, Oliver Dulic; the Chairman of "Working Table I - Democracy", former Serbian Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic and Bulgarian MP Yovko Yokov, representative of the Bulgarian Chairmanship of the South East Europe Co-operation Process.

Under the Chairmanship of Slovenian MP Roberto Battelli, who is the OSCE PA's Special Representative on South East Europe, participants presented their practices of parliamentary oversight over the budget and discussed achievements and deficiencies that they are experiencing. The seminar included the OSCE PA's partners in the Troika, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament, as well as representatives of both Chambers of the Italian Parliament, and Members from the parliaments of the region.

The Stability Pact will expire at the end of the year and will be replaced by a Regional Co-operation Council, the parliamentary dimension of which will have its seat in Sofia, Bulgaria. The next - and last - event of the Troika will be a two-day seminar within the framework of the OSCE PA Fall Meetings in Portoroz, Slovenia, in September, dealing with the issues of decentralization, energy security and education focused on "Knowing Your Neighbour". Mr. Battelli was accompanied by Amb. Andreas Nothelle and Liaison Officer Andres Blasco Cortes from the PA's Vienna Liaison Office.