The Parliament, initiated by the Secretary General Givi Mikanadze, hosted the working meeting of the Secretaries General of the Parliaments of NATO Black Sea Basin member and aspirant countries – Georgia, Romania, Ukraine, Turkey and Bulgaria and attended by the NATO PA Secretary General.
“The 2-day meeting hosted by the Parliament of Georgia is of unprecedented nature. It is for the first time when the Secretaries General of the Parliaments of NATO Black Sea Basin member and aspirant countries assemble to discuss the common challenges, opportunities and facilitation to the future regional cooperation. This meeting is of particular importance as it is held under the NATO PA Secretariat umbrella and in partnership relations thereof”, - the Secretary General of Georgian Parliament, Mr. Givi Mikanadze state in his speech.
He thanked the NATO PA, its Secretary General and every delegation for support in the initiative of Georgian Delegation in February, 2019. He expressed his hope that this is the beginning of further regional cooperation.
“I hope that these two days will be dedicated not only to exchange of information but it will allow outlining the common goals and certain steps to further implement with joint efforts”.
The Chair of the Defense and Security Committee, Irakli Sesiashvili addressed the attendees: “Human relations serve as the precondition for good and effective cooperation between the countries and relations between the Staffs of the Parliaments are of no less importance. As practice shows, the Staffers often make harder and more pragmatic work for the decision and thus, they assist us in making the correct decisions we make at the political level. I am glad to see this very interesting initiative realized”.
According to the NATO PA Gen-Sec, David Hobbs, the idea Georgian Parliament introduced in February was initially promising and it has been realized by means of the greatest enthusiasm and vigor. “Our countries keeping the path of democracy require enhancement of the democratic practice and respective institutions. We have started cooperation with MPs and initially, it was crystal clear that the idea would be successful only due to cooperation with the administrations and the Parliamentary structures. Functioning of the Staff in the Parliament is the best way in worldwide. If we fail to attach due attention to the Staff, no success can be achieved. I do hope that the discussions we are to hold for these two days will clarify our objectives and tasks. I am extremely optimistic”.
The attendees of the meeting will discuss the role of administration in facilitation to cooperation between the NATO PA and the Parliaments.
“The Parliaments of various countries similar to NATO member and aspirant countries contribute to enhancement of Parliamentary democracy in the whole Euro-Atlantic area and beyond, especially in the Black Sea region. We need to enhance the relations between the Parliaments and the Staffs of the respective countries to empower the Administrations of the Parliaments of NATO aspirant and Black Sea countries and their relations with NATO. It requires definition of the general and common values our countries cherish and direct them under NATO PA umbrella”, - Mr. Mikanadze noted.
The participants will resume the meeting with discussions on regional cooperation.