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Friday, 17th June 2011
PAM’s role and contribution in the region’s unfolding events to be discussed in Dubrovnik
The PAM Bureau, Standing Committees and the Special Task Forces will be meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia on 19-20 June 2011, where current issues will be debated by the parliamentarians of the National Delegation of PAM Member States.

On the same occasion the first drafts of the Reports and Resolutions relative to the PAM Programme of Activities for 2011 will be reviewed and discussed, in view of their presentation to the Plenary Session of the PAM Assembly to be held in Palermo later this year.

The Dubrovnik Meeting will be inaugurated by the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, Hon. Luka Bebic,and will also be addressed by PAM Vice President, Hon. Tayseer Quba’a (Palestine) and Hon. Dubravka Suica, Head of the Croatian delegation to PAM.

Keynote speeches during the two day working session, will be held by H.E. Ashraf Hamdy, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, Mr. Tomislav Pokaz, Senior advisor at the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship of Croatia and Mr. Karlo Gjurasic, State Secretary at the Ministry for Regional Development, Forestry and Water Management of Croatia.

Special attention will be dedicated to the unfolding events in the region with particular emphasis to the situation in Libya and Syria. The Rapporteurs will present their reports and resolution on major topics of
interest for the Mediterranean region, such as the Middle East Peace Process, the Constitutional changes in the BiH, Organised Crime and Terrorism, External Trade in Investments, Climate Change, Water and Energy, as well as Gender and Migrations. MPs from different member states have been concentrating on these issues, which have always been considered as major priorities for the Mediterranean, articularly in this particular period of such changes that have, and are, taking place on the Southern shores of the region.
This year therefore, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, has found itself in a particularly engaging period due to the momentum that events have assumed and which throw on the arliamentarians further responsibilities towards achieving those goals necessary for further creating the conditions for stability and the wellbeing of the Mediterranean populations.PAM / HIC

Tuesday, 1st February, 2011
PAM an example of multilateral parliamentary diplomacy - Hon. Frendo, Speaker of the Parliament of Malta.

The Speaker of the Parliament of Malta, Hon. Michael Frendo, paid an official visit to the Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), which is hosted in Malta. This is the first visit at the PAM Headquarters by Hon. Frendo since he was nominated Speaker of the Maltese House of Representatives, although operational meetings and discussions are regularly held with the PAM Secretary General on various issues and activities. The visit took place on Tuesday 1 st February, 2011. Hon. Frendo was welcomed by the PAM Secretary General, Dr. Sergio Piazzi, who underlined the important role that Malta has always played in the setting up of the Assembly and particularly by offering to host it in the historical Palazzo Spinola, in St. Julians. "The visit of the Speaker of the Parliament of Malta is an opportunity to thank Malta for its continued active participation and for its initiatives to keep the Mediterranean region high on the agenda not onlyin the Assembly but in all international fora", Dr. Piazzi said.
The Speaker of the Maltese Parliament reminded how, throughout the years, various Maltese parliamentarians, have worked to develop and achieve the objective of a regional organization that focuses, through parliamentary diplomacy, on the region. "PAM is an example of multilateral parliamentary diplomacy, and this shows that parliamentarians have an important role to play in international diplomacy", Dr. Frendo said.
Hon. Frendo reiterated his personal support and that of the Maltese parliament to the Assembly, since Malta believes that through soft diplomacy a lot can be achieved along with traditionaldiplomacy.
As an example he mentioned his personal experience during the 5 th Plenary Session of PAM in Morocco, in late October 2010, where he was positively impressed by the fact that Israeli and Palestinian parliamentarians, including the Speaker of the Knesset, could dialogue and exchange views on major issues of concern for the Middle East process, thus confirming the importance of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean.

In reply to a question by the press on PAM's position vis-a-vis the current developments in countries of the Southern Mediterranean, PAM Secretary General said that last week the Bureau, led by the President, Hon. Mohammed Abu El Enein(Egypt), discussed in detail the situation and confirmed the Assembly's support to the fundamental principles of democracy and the important role of the parliamentary institutions representing the citizens. Dr. Piazzi added that while the Secretariat is in regular contact with the member parliamentarians of the national delegations, the Bureau agreed that PAM is at the full disposal of those countries, should they request its assistance, to support them in future processes that can help in the achievement of stability, peace and security for the benefit of those countries themselves and in the interest of the Mediterranean region in general.

Hon. Frendo and Dr. Piazzi discussed also future collaboration and events that will be organized in the coming months, amongst which, the meeting at the request of the United Nations, on the Constitutional Reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina to be hosted by Malta, the meeting of the PAM Political Committee in Ankara, Turkey, the meeting of the PAM Panel on External Trade and Investments in the Mediterranean to be hosted by the UNECE in Geneva and the meeting hosted by the Italian Civil Protection under the auspices of the Italian Parliament on the Environmental risks related to oil production and transport in the Mediterranean region.

Tuesday, 4th January, 2011
PAM declaration following Alexandria Blast
Hon. Mohammed Abou El-Enein, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, has expressed, on behalf of the Assembly, the strongest condemnation for the bomb attack against the al Qiddiseen Church in the city of Alexandria in Egypt, in which innocent people have died and others were seriously wounded. 
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean conveys its condolences to the President of Egypt, its people and to the families of the victims. The Assembly reiterates its commitment in support of the fundamental principle of freedom of religion for every citizen and community in  the Mediterranean region and regrets that there are still terrorist elements whose objective is to create division, while the majority is working for peace and prosperity for all peoples.  
PAM also welcomes the strong statement of condemnation by the President of the Republic of Egypt, H.E. Hosni Mubarak, who has pledged that every possible action will be taken, in order to bring to justice those responsible of this criminal attack. PAM will fully support, through the instrument of Parliamentary Diplomacy, all efforts by the Egyptian Authorities leading to a solution of the case in the shortest of time.
The  Assembly calls upon the international community to stand united in the face of any form of terrorism, for a global society free of violence in which security ,peace and prosperity prevail.

Mohammed Mohammed Abou El-Enein
PAM  President  
St. Julians, Malta  01.01.2011



Thursday, 23rd December, 2010
PAM mission to New York discusses cooperation with the United Nations System for 2011
The Honorary President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), Hon. Rudy Salles (France) and Secretary General, Dr. Sergio Piazzi, have successfully concluded an official visit to New York between the 11 and 14 December 2010. 
Their programme included meetings with  Marc Sheuer, Director of the Alliance of Civilitaions, Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Political Affairs, and Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations. Matters of common interest and future cooperation plans and events for the coming months were discussed.

Hon. Salles also addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations on the occasion of the meeting on UN cooperation with other regional organisations and briefed Permanent Representatives and Observers to the United Nations, during a specially organised event, hosted by the French Permanent Mission to the United Nations. 
During his interventions, Hon. Salles, recalled the close cooperation that characterises the relations with the United Nations System, at all levels and on a number of issues which need supranational, international and regional attention. 

Hon. Salles reassured of the continued commitment, in the next biennium, towards peace and prosperity in the Mediterranean, by the new PAM President, Hon. Mohammed Abou El-Enein of Egypt, and stressed the fruitful results achieved by the UN -PAM cooperation and pledged that PAM will continue to pursue such process, so that the common efforts meant to create a prosperous and stable world will continue to benefit the Mediterranean and the people that live along its shores.  
During the mission Hon. Salles and Dr. Piazzi also presented the PAM Prize to H.E. Ambassador Gerard Araud, France, and H.E. Ambassador Saviour F. Borg, Malta,  Permanent Representatives of their respective countries to the United Nations in New York. "This is a special recognition for their personal involvement and of their respective governments, to assist and support the process  for the granting of the Observer Status to PAM at the UNGA and for their continued assistance whenever PAM missions and delegations are engaged in UN activities in New York", PAM Secretary General concluded. 

Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean
Public Affairs
and Communicatios Office



Monday, 14th June 2010.
PAM Standing Committees to convene in Belgrade to finalise
Reports and Resolutions for the Plenary Session in Morocco

Belgrad 24.- 27. June 2010.

The three Standing Committees of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean will meet in Belgrade on 24-27 June at the invitation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.

Delegates from PAM member national parliaments will discuss and finalise Reports and Resolutions within the framework of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Standing Committees, which deal with "Political and Security related Cooperation", "Economic, Social and Environmental Cooperation" and "Dialogue among Cultures and Civilisations and Human Rights", respectively.

Topics on the agenda dealt with during 2010 include, inter alia, the Middle East, Organized Crime, Terrorism, Environment and Climate Change, Energy and Related Issues, Water, External Trade, Gender and Equality, Migrations and Dialogue of Cultures and Religions.
The Belgrade meeting will be opened by H.E. Prof. Dr. Slavica Djukic Dejanovic, Speaker of the
National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. Hon. José Carlos Correira Mota Andrade (Portugal), President of the 1st Standing Committee and Vice president of PAM will introduce the proceeding of the Special Task Force on Organized Crime. Hon. Angela Napoli (Italy), rapporteur on Organized Crime, will present her Report on "Human Trafficking and Dumping of Toxic waste in the Mediterranean". Hon. Aşkin Asan (Turkey), rapporteur of the Special Task Force on Terrorism, will submit her Report on "The root causes of terrorism", while Hon.
George Vella (Malta), Chairman of the Ad hoc Committee on the Middle East, will present his Report and follow-up of the PAM annual activities dedicated to issues of concern to the region.

Hon. Tayseer Quba'a (Palestine), Vice President of PAM, will follow with the presentation of the work of the 2nd Standing Committee on Economic, Social and Environmental Cooperation. Hon. Dubravka İuica will present, as rapporteur on Environment and Climate Change, her Report on "Addressing Environmental Challenges Facing the Mediterranean: a PAM workplan". Further in-depth analysis of the issue will be provided by Hon. Jacques Blanc (France), special rapporteur on Water , followed by Hon. Mohamed Abou el Enein (Egypt) who, as special rapporteur on Energy, will submit his Report on "Energy and the global Economic Crisis: Opportunities for Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean".

Delegates will also be briefed by Hon. Ridha Bouargoub (Tunisia) on the launch by PAM of its Panel on External Trade and Investments in the Mediterranean. The Panel was established on the occasion of a two day meeting in Lisbon (27-28 May, 2010), hosted by the Portuguese Parliament and co-organised with the Portuguese Business Development Agency (AICEP). More than 50 delegates from PAM member states, national Parliaments, national Trade and Investment Agencies, Employers and employees Associations, Banks and Financial institutions, and Chambers of Commerce, participated in the debate, following which, the Panel was established. It was further unanimously agreed to set up an action group consisting of representatives of all economic actors in the region, which will prepare a structured plan, serving as a platform for the Panel's future initiatives.

In Belgrade, Hon. Abdellatif Abdouh (Morocco) will introduce the work of the 3rd Standing Committee on Dialogue among Civilizations and Human Rights. Hon. Aşkin Asan (Turkey), as co-rapporteur on gender equality issues, will present her Report "Achieving Gender Equality", dealing with the achievements and future challenges in gender equality in the Mediterranean. The Special Task Force on Migration will provide further analysis on the issue with the Report on Palestinian Women Refugees, prepared by Hon. Mahmoud Muhaidat (Jordan).
Finally, delegates will debate the draft Report and Resolution prepared by Hon. Justyne Caruana (Malta), on "The Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue in the Western Balkans as a platform to strengthen and consolidate peaceful and good-neighbourly relations among its peoples".
The Resolutions and Reports, which have seen a number of PAM MPs engaged, with the assistance of the PAM Secretariat, in a yearlong commitment to research and debates on the topics on the agenda, will then be submitted for adoption by the parliamentarians in representation of PAM national Parliaments, during the Annual Plenary Session which, this year, will be hosted by Morocco in Rabat on 28-30 October.
by Martin Micallef, Carla Merlino


Monday,28 thMay 2010.
PAM visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomed at a crucial moment
A high level PAM delegation concluded a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina for a series of official meetings with institutional and political leaders in Sarajevo. Members of the PAM Bureau and from parliamentary delegations of Western Balkan countries, members of PAM, formed part of the mission co-organised by the PAM Secretariat in collaboration with the Bosnian Parliament, on 23 June 2010.
Meetings were held with Mr. Stefan Simosas, Head of the Office of the High Representative, European Union Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Discussions took place with the Presidency collegium of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia-Herzegovina, namely Ms Dusanka Kajkic, Deputy Speaker of the House of Peoples, Mr Beriz Belkic, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ms Branca Tadorovic, Secretary General of the House of Peoples, Mr Marin Vukoja, Secretary General of the House of Peoples, Mr Goran Spiric, Advisor to Ms. Majkic, and Mr. Sefik Dzaferovic, Chairman of the Constitutional-Law Committee of the House of Representatives.
Mr Simosas briefed the PAM delegation on the work of his office, whose mandate stems from the Dayton Agreement of 1995, and which also holds today the responsibilities of European Union Special Representative in BiH. He said that the PAM visits was particularly welcomed at such a crucial moment when only three months are left for the general elections in Bosnia Herzegovina. Mr Simosas said that today, the positive developments in the country do not need to refer frequently to the BBonn Powers and the Office of the High Representative can concentrate on supporting institutional reforms towards EU and NATO integration.
Mr Simosas said that internally there are some points of convergence but the major issue regarding constitutional changes and reforms need further negotiations and good will from all actors involved. He concluded that in recent years there has been a climate of relative indifference from the international community and this led the parties to adopt, sometimes, more radical positions in their interactions.
PAM Secretary General, Dr. Sergio Piazzi, said the visit took place following a request from the United Nations, during the visit of PAM Bureau to the UN Secretary General in New York, during which the UN urged PAM to support national and international initiatives to ensure
political stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Subsequently the PAM Bureau decided to take this opportunity to meet the Speakers of the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina and political leaders in Sarajevo.
"PAM, in line with its ambition to create an area of peace and stability in the Mediterranean region, supports the work of the OHR, until the complete stabilisation of the situation will be achieved", stated Dr. Piazzi.
During the meeting with the Parliament's representatives it was agreed that the PAM 1st Standing Committee would propose the setting up of an Ad hoc Group on the Western Balkans, which could work on initiatives in support of the efforts of Bosnia Herzegovina parliamentarians for the institutional stability of the country. Furthermore a meeting in 2011 of all parties, including Russian, EU and American members of Parliaments and diplomats, could be hosted by PAM to assist in the constitutional reforms discussions.
Also Mr Dzaferovic, thanked PAM for bringing international attention from the Mediterranean region, after years of neglect from the international community. He said that such a meeting under the auspices of PAM would certainly help to foster the necessary dialogue and trust among the newly elected MPs.
Commenting on the importance of the visit, PAM Secretary General, Dr. Sergio Piazzi said: "The visit achieved the principal objective of listening to the different views on the present status of discussions about the different projects and processes of the constitutional reform, and most importantly, to seek advice on how our regional Assembly can support the efforts being undertaken to ensure a peaceful and prosperous Bosnia and Herzegovina for all its inhabitants".

Martin Micallef
Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean
Public Affairs & Communications



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