PAM Standing Committees to convene in Belgrade to finalise Reports and Resolutions for the Plenary Session in Morocco
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. 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. st 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. nd Standing Committee on Economic, Social and Environmental Cooperation. Hon. Dubravka Šuica 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". rd 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). "The Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue in the Western Balkans as a platform to strengthen and consolidate peaceful and good-neighbourly relations among its peoples".
Topics on the agenda dealt with during 2010 include,
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 1
Hon. Tayseer Quba'a (Palestine), Vice President of PAM, will follow with the presentation of the work of the 2
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 3
Finally, delegates will debate the draft Report and Resolution prepared by Hon. Justyne Caruana (Malta), on
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.