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27 March 2017 - Several Western Balkan countries are in the midst of a serious political and economic crisis which is complicating their relations with the European Union and NATO. While the prospect of Euro-Atlantic integration remains the primary impetus for reform, the European Union is in the midst of an “identity crisis” which, in the eyes of many in the region, seems to have made prospects for accession more remote, thereby opening up opportunities for nationalist and sectarian movements to block reform, undermine accession efforts and reignite long-standing tensions throughout the region.
Speaking at an Assembly Seminar in Sarajevo, President Paolo Alli strongly condemned yesterday’s terrorist attack in London. “This attack will not strengthen the terrorists’ misguided cause. On the contrary. It will strengthen our resolve to work together to defeat terrorism. Many of our nations have been victims of dreadful acts of terrorism. None of them will yield to it.
Brussels, 20 March 2017 - The Sub-Committee on NATO Partnerships, led by Chairman Karl A. Lamers (Germany), visited Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia from 13 to 17 March 2017. Main items on the agenda were regional security challenges and the implementation of the decisions made at the 2016 Warsaw Summit. The delegation comprised 20 Parliamentarians from 12 NATO member countries and three associate delegations to the NATO PA and met with senior government officials as well as Parliamentarians and independent experts.
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. The three-day meeting will discuss prospects for EU and NATO enlargement in the Western Balkans, intra-regional relations and internal political developments in the context of challenges coming from the unstable Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The event is organised by the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) in cooperation with the parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina and with the generous support of the Swiss Government.
Brussels, 22 February 2017 - On the margins of the Assembly’s Annual meetings in Brussels and of US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Brussels, Mr Pence, NATO PA President Paolo Alli and members of the US delegation discussed the importance of the Parliamentary dimension of the transatlantic relationship.