15 February 2009 - PRESIDENT JOHN TANNER OPENS MEETINGS OF PARLIAMENTARIANS WITH NATO LEADERSHIP [press release]
More than 120 parliamentarians from across the Alliance convened in Brussels on 15-17 February for off the record discussions with NATO’s leadership and European Union officials on the mission in Afghanistan, the new Strategic Concept, relations with Russia, the impact of the financial crisis and other issues.
In his opening remarks, President of the NATO PA John Tanner (
On 15 February, NATO PA members will meet with Ambassador Martin Erdmann, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs, Mr. Robert Simmons, the Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, and the Ambassadors to NATO from the
Karl Lamers (
On 16 February, Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, and Ambassador Jiri Sedivy, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy will brief the members on current operations.
Jo Ann Emerson (US), Chair of the NATO PA Civil Dimension of Security Committee stated that, “This is an important opportunity for members of legislatures from across the
In the afternoon of 16 February, some members will meet with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and the North Atlantic Council while others will travel to Supreme Allied Powers Europe Headquarters (SHAPE) for meetings with the Supreme Allied Commander General John Craddock and other military officials. On 17 February, the entire group of parliamentarians will discuss responses to the financial crisis and trade issues with EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, the Honorable Joaquin Almunia and Mr. David Sullivan, Director General for Trade.
“Given the political, economic and security challenges we face,” said Assen Agov (Bulgaria) Vice President of the NATO PA, “we owe it to our citizens to seize every chance for dialogue between members of parliament from across the transatlantic alliance.”