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The Annual Session of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly in Berlin will focus on the burning issues of security, human rights, situation of economy and environment protection.

Head of the Estonian Delegation to OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Mart Nutt said that the theme of this year’s Annual Session “Implementing OSCE Commitments: The Role of Parliaments” would bring together parliamentarians from North America, Europe and Asia. During the Session, the three General Committees of the OSCE PA – the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security; the General Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment; and the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions – will hold their meetings.

“The circle of topics in three committees is wide: fight against terrorism, climate change, migration, human trafficking, availability of education. It is expected that there will be debates particularly on the European migration and refugee crisis and the situation in Ukraine; the growth of populism in Europe and lingering conflicts in different parts of the OSCE region also need attention,” Nutt said. He added that several additional events would be held during the Session, where propaganda and spread of false information, reliability of the press, fight against corruption, violence against women, security threats and challenges, the role of parliaments in implementing OSCE commitments, tensions between the West and the East, and digital democracy would be spoken about.

Besides the final resolution that will be based on the reports of the committees, 18 additional documents dealing with the urgent issues of several countries that need the help of the OSCE for resolving them will be discussed.

The Riigikogu delegation participates in the work of all committees of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The main aim of the Assembly is to involve its participating states more in the resolution of European political and security issues in order to enhance civilian control over military issues and to increase the responsibility and influence of members of parliament.

 Regular NB8 working meeting between the Baltic States and the Nordic Countries will also be held to coordinate positions and to develop common strategies.

OSCE PA President Georgi Tsereteli, President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble and Secretary General for the OSCE Thomas Greminger will speak at plenary sessions.

Head of the Estonian Delegation to OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Mart Nutt, and member of the Delegation Toomas Vitsut participate in the work of the 27th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on 7–11 July in the German Bundestag in Berlin.

The purpose of the activities of the OSCE is to involve its participating states in building security and cooperation in Europe, promoting democracy and prosperity and preventing of conflicts. The Parliamentary Assembly passes resolutions. Representing the collective voice of OSCE parliamentarians, these resolutions and recommendations are meant to ensure that all participating states live up to their OSCE commitments. The Assembly also engages in parliamentary diplomacy, and has an extensive election observation program.

The OSCE PA has 57 participating states, 323 full members and several dozen alternate members.

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