HomeMEDIA RESOURCES200426 October 2004 - Press Communiqué: NATO POLITICIANS TO REVIEW STATE OF THE ALLIANCE AT 50th ANNUAL SESSION IN VENICE
20 October 2004 - Press Communiqué: NATO POLITICIANS TO REVIEW STATE OF THE ALLIANCE AT 50th ANNUAL SESSION IN VENICE
300 (approx.) legislators from North America and Europe are expected to participate in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's (NATO PA) 50th Annual Session in Venice from November 12 to 16 (incl) 2004 at the Palazzo del Casino and Palazzo del Cinema, Lido di Venezia.
The 5 day session will focus on a wide range of issues currently affecting the Transatlantic Alliance including 'post-conflict' reconstruction and development in Afghanistan and Iraq, the war against terrorism, NATO's capabilities, commitments and new partnerships - including the "Istanbul Cooperation Initiative", Alliance operations and missions, the threat from weapons of mass destruction (wmd) and the security relationship between NATO and the European Union.
A highlight of the Session will be a joint plenary meeting on Saturday November 13 from 9 am to 12 noon between the NATO PA and the NATO Council (ie 26 NATO Ambassadors - the principal decision-making authority of the North Atlantic Alliance).
PRESS CONFERENCES: Sala Frau, Palazzo del Cinema, Level 2.
1) Friday November 12 at 11 am
Senator Giovanni Forcieri, Head of the Italian Delegation to the NATO PA and Simon Lunn, Secretary General of the NATO PA
2) Saturday November 13 at 12.15 pm
Doug Bereuter (USA), President of the NATO PA and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Secretary General of NATO
3) Tuesday November 16 at 5 pm (tbc)
Doug Bereuter (USA) and Senator Giovanni Forcieri (Italy)
There will also be meetings of the NATO PA's five committees - Defence and Security, Civil Dimension of Security, Political, Economics and Security and Science and Technology - on Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November. The committees will consider a series of reports* on topical issues and hear presentations from international specialists and Italian Government ministers.
A Plenary Session will be held on Tuesday 16 November - which will include addresses by Senator Marcello Pera, the Speaker of the Italian Senate, Mr. Franco Frattini, the Italian Foreign Minister, General James L. Jones, the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) and Mr Doug Bereuter, the President of the NATO PA.
Those journalists interested in accreditation to cover the session should contact the Press Office of the Italian Senate, Mr. Giancarlo Loquenzi; TEL: 39 0667063451 or 335 1322593: e-mail:email@example.com or the press service of the NATO PA at the International Secretariat in Brussels (Keith Williams): TEL:32 2 513 28 65/504 81 51; FAX: 32 2 514 18 47; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Background: The NATO Parliamentary Assembly, founded in 1955 with a Brussels-based secretariat,
brings together 248 national parliamentarians from the 26 NATO countries. The 13 associate delegations from
Central and Eastern Europe, Ukraine, and Russia participate in Assembly activities and meetings**.
* Reports are available at the NATO PA website http://www.nato-pa.int
** The 13 associate delegations are: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Finland, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Sweden, Switzerland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Ukraine.