NATO Parliamentary Assembly
| 23-25 NOVEMBER 2009 - VISIT TO ALGIERS - MEDITERRANEAN AND MIDDLE EAST SPEC ...|
| 14-16 OCTOBER 2009 - VISIT OF THE PCNP TO WASHINGTON DC|
1. The Sub-Committee on NATO Partnerships (PCNP) visited Washington, DC from 14 to 16 October 2009 to learn about US views on issues relating to NATO and international security. The delegation, led by Chairman Rainer Stinner (DE), discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan, NATO-Russia relations with US administration officials and members of the US Congress as well as with independent security experts. Moreover, the updating of NATO’s Strategic Concept, NATO-EU relations and Iran also featured prominently on the agenda of the meetings.
| 19 – 23 OCTOBER 2009 - VISIT TO ROME, MILAN AND LA SPEZIA, ITALY by the SUB ...|
| 12 OCTOBER 2009 - VISIT TO KYIV, UKRAINE by the SUB-COMMITTEE ON FUTURE SEC ...|
| 21-24 SEPTEMBER 2009 - PCTR VISIT TO FINLAND by the SUB-COMMITTEE by the SU ...|
1. The Political Committee’s Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Relations visited Finland on 21 24 September. The delegation discussed Finnish security and defence issues, particularly the security situation in Northern Europe, Nordic security co-operation, relations with NATO and Russia’s role for European Security. The 10 members of the delegation, led by Senator Sergio de Gregorio (Italy), met with senior officials from the government and parliament as well as with independent experts.
| 2-4 NOVEMBER 2009 - VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA by the SUB-COMMITTEE O ...|
1. A delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), led by Marc Angel (Luxembourg), Special Rapporteur on Moldova for the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security, travelled to the Republic of Moldova on 2-4 November 2009. The NATO parliamentarians met with government officials, parliamentarians, academics and civil society representatives, foreign diplomats and representatives of international organisations in Chisinau and Tiraspol.
| 29 SEPTEMBER TO 2 OCTOBER 2009 - VISIT TO AFGHANISTAN by MEMBERS OF THE ASS ...|
| 1-4 OCTOBER 2009 - VISIT TO NEW YORK AND NEW ORLEANS by the COMMITTEE ON TH ...|
Fourteen members of the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security visited New York, as well as Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Lousiana, on 1-4 October. The delegation, led by Jo Ann Emerson (United States), Chairperson of the Committee, met with local and federal officials, academics and private sector representatives to discuss homeland security, and disaster preparedness and response in the United States.
| 8-11 SEPTEMBER 2009 - VISIT TO CANADA by the SUB-COMMITTEE ON TRANSATLANTIC ...|
| 6-10 JULY 2009 - VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES by the SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY C ...|
| 22-24 June 2009 - VISIT TO POLAND by the SUB-COMMITTEE ON FUTURE SECURITY A ...|
| 6-8 MAY 2009 - VISIT TO OTTAWA, CANADA by the SUB-COMMITTEE ON TRANSATLANTI ...|
1. From 6 – 8 May 2009 members of the NATO PA’s Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Economic Relations and the Economics and Security Committee visited Ottawa to discuss Canada’s views on the global financial crisis, the state of Canada’s economy, arctic security and environmental and economic issues. The visit followed immediately after the visit to Washington D.C.
| 4 – 8 MAY 2009 - VISIT TO TBILISI, GEORGIA - PC SUB-COMMITTEE ON NATO PARTN ...|
1. The Political Committee’s Sub-Committee on NATO Partnerships (PCNP) visited Georgia on 4 to 8 May 2009 with a delegation of thirteen parliamentarians representing nine member states of the Alliance. Host country interlocutors included senior representatives of the Georgian government and parliament, as well as a number of independent experts. The visit, led by Rainer Stinner (DE), offered an opportunity to obtain information about the current situation in Georgia and the region after the war in August 2008. The country’s progress in preparing for eventual NATO membership also featured prominently in the briefings. The findings of the visit will also be incorporated in the update of the Sub-Committee report that is prepared by the Rapporteur, Rui Gomes da Silva (PT). The visit took place during an eventful period, as protestors continued to block the parliament and an alleged mutiny broke out at the Mukhrovani military base near the capital Tbilisi.
| 4 – 6 MAY 2009 rev 1 - VISIT TO WASHINGTON DC, UNITED STATES - ESC SUB-COMM ...|
1. From 4–6 May 2009 members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Economics and Security Committee and its Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Economic Relations, led by the Committee Chairman Hugh Bayley and Sub-Committee Chairman John Sewel, visited Washington, D.C. This report will outline the key themes of the discussions at each institution the Committee visited. Later that week, the Committee visited Ottawa, and that visit will be covered in a separate report.
| 27-30 APRIL 2009 - VISIT TO VIENNA AND GENEVA by the SUB-COMMITTEE ON ENERG ...|
1. Eleven members of the NATO PA Science and Technology Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Environmental Security visited Vienna and Geneva on 27-30 April. The Assembly delegation, led by Committee Chairman Lothar Ibruegger (Germany) and Vice Chairman Pierre Claude Nolin (Canada), met with several Ambassadors, senior officers of the United Nations and other international organisations as well as representatives of the scientific community.
| 25-27 MARCH 2009 - VISIT TO CROATIA - PC SUB-COMMITTEE ON TRANSATLANTIC REL ...|
1. The Sub-Committee on Transatlantic relations (PCTR), led by Chairman Assen Agov (BG), visited Zagreb, Croatia from 25 to 27 March 2009. The visit was hosted by the Croatian delegation to the NATO PA, headed by Kresimir Cosic. The thirteen members of the delegation discussed Croatian and NATO foreign and security issues with high-level representatives from government and parliament. During the visit, the delegation had the privilege to attend the formal vote of the Sabor, the Croatian Parliament, on the accession to the Alliance. Meetings with independent experts who provided additional views on regional security issues completed the programme. 2. The exchanges with the political leadership of the country focused on Croatia’s foreign and security environment and the country’s immediate accession to NATO. Government officials, including Prime Minister Ivo Sanader and President Stjepan Mesiæ, described Croatia’s accession to the Alliance and to the EU, as well as good relations with the neighbours as their country’s prime foreign policy objectives. Asymmetrical threats, terrorism, proliferation of WMD, illegal trafficking of drugs, are the most likely possible threats to the country, explained Defence State Secretary Pjer Simunovic.
| 27-29 APRIL - VISIT TO PARIS AND NANCY, FRANCE - SUB-COMMITTEE ON TRANSATLA ...|
1. Marking the occasion of France’s full return to NATO’s integrated military structure confirmed only weeks earlier at NATO’s 60th Anniversary Summit, Canadian Senator Joseph A. Day led a visit by members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Cooperation to Paris and Nancy on April 27-29, 2009.
| 26-30 JANUARY 2009 - VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES - DEFENCE AND SECURITY COMM ...|
1. As of late January, with the transition to the Obama Administration only in its earliest stages, definitive statements on major lines of the new government’s policy were impossible, outside of several broad themes including increased attention to Afghanistan and Pakistan, a greater multilateral and cooperative diplomatic engagement, and an intent to improve relations with Russia.