Legislators to discuss Regional Security in the Balkans and the MENA Region
Sarajevo, 20 March 2017 – A meeting of legislators from NATO member and partner countries is set to open in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Tuesday 21 March.
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s senior officials, including chairman of the Presidency Mladen Ivanic, Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic, speakers of both houses of the parliament Sefik Dzeferovic and Barisa Colak, Minister of Defence Marina Pendes, Minister of Security Dragan Mektic and speaker of the parliament of Republika Srpska Nedeljko Cubrilovic, will address the participants. Delegates will also hear from NATO and the EU representatives and independent experts. Prof. Florian Bieber from Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz, will make the keynote presentation.
The event is entitled “The Western Balkans: Transition Challenges, European Aspirations and Links to the MENA Region” and it is the 94th NATO PA Rose-Roth Seminar, organised jointly with the meeting of the NATO PA Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group. The seminar will bring together over 170 participants, including 84 members of parliament from 36 NATO member states and partner countries.
The NATO PA has held 20 Rose-Roth Seminars in the Western Balkans since the beginning of the programme in 1991. This is the fourth one held in Sarajevo. The key objective of Rose-Roth Seminars is to facilitate dialogue on regional security matters among legislators from NATO and partner nations.
The NATO PA President Paolo Alli (Italy) will also hold bilateral meetings with the leadership of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 22-23 March.