The Programme involves a series of seminars focused on regional and topical security issues and parliamentary training programmes for Parliaments from Central and Eastern Europe. Recent Seminar topics include stability in the Western Balkans, the South Caucasus and COVID-19
Following the August 2008 conflict in Georgia, the Assembly decided to strengthen its institutional relationship with the Georgian Parliament by creating the Georgia-NATO Interparliamentary Council (GNIC).
In response to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and support for armed separatists in Eastern Ukraine, the Assembly unambiguously affirmed its support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and political independence, and further intensified co-operation with the Ukrainian Parliament.
The NATO PA was one of the first institutions to engage with the region, starting a dialogue with MENA countries already in the early 1990s. The GSM was launched in 1996 as a formal mechanism to address regional challenges, and engage leaders from the region in constructive dialogue.
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly employs ten research assistants every year to work as part of the policy team within the International Secretariat in Brussels. Their main task is to contribute to the research and writing necessary for the drafting of Assembly reports and other documents.