The NATO PA mourns the loss of its former President Loïc Bouvard

Brussels, 27 November 2017 – The NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) is profoundly saddened to inform you that former NATO PA President Loïc Bouvard of France passed away today.

Loïc Bouvard joined the Assembly in 1978. He was one of the leading figures who steered the Assembly through the transformative years of the end of the Cold War. As General Rapporteur, and later as Chairman of the Political Committee, he participated in ground-breaking meetings in countries of the former Warsaw Pact in the 1980s, including the landmark first Assembly visit to the Soviet Union in 1989. As President of the Assembly from 1992 to 1994, he was able to build on these contacts and establish the first partnerships with Central and Eastern Europe countries.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the NATO PA partnerships at the end of the Cold War, in 2012 the Assembly created the “Loïc Bouvard” scholarship, which is awarded every year to a young graduate from a NATO PA partner country selected for the NATO PA’s Research Assistant Programme at the Assembly’s Secretariat in Brussels.

Mr Bouvard talked about the role of the Assembly during the crucial years of the end of the Cold War in a video produced as part of the commemoration of the Assembly’s 60th anniversary, available at: https://goo.gl/HfAV6o

Loïc Bouvard did not stand for re-election in the French Assemblée Nationale in 2012, and the members of the Assembly bade him farewell with a stirring tribute to his sterling track record at the annual NATO PA session in Tallinn (Estonia) in May 2012.

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly is indebted to Loïc Bouvard for his unique contribution to the Assembly during key turning points in its history.

 

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