HomeMEDIA RESOURCES200416 November 2004: NATO PA elects Lellouche as President
16 November 2004: NATO PA elects Lellouche as President
Mr. Pierre Lellouche, a leading member of the French UMP (Union Mouvement Populaire) political party, was today unanimously elected President - with a two year mandate - of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) at the conclusion of its 5 day Annual Session held in Venice.
Mr. Lellouche, 53, takes over as president from Hon Doug Bereuter (USA) who left the US Congress last summer after 26 years of continuous service in the House of Representatives.
Mr. Lellouche is head of the 18 strong French Delegation to the NATO PA and, since 2002, a Vice President of the organization. He is a well known political commentator and a specialist in security and international affairs. From 1989 to 1995 he was diplomatic adviser to French President Jacques Chirac.
The following members of the Assembly were elected as Vice-Presidents:
Mr. Jozef BANAS (Slovakia – Slovak Democratic and Christian Union)
Mr. Vahit ERDEM (Turkey – Justice and Development Party)
Sen. Giovanni Lorenzo FORCIERI (Italy - The Olive Tree / Democrats of the Left)
Mr. Bert KOENDERS (The Netherlands – Social Democrat)
Hon. Pierre Claude NOLIN (Canada - Conservative Party)
Mr. Lellouche is also a practising lawyer at the Paris bar and he was co-founder of the Paris based French Institute for International Affairs (IFRI).