Italy, Popular Area (NCD-UDC)
In some of our nations, NATO is still poorly understood among our fellow parliamentarians, and even more so among our publics.
As members of the NATO PA, we play an essential role in explaining what NATO is and why it is crucial for our security.
To help us do that, I would like to propose the creation of a working group within our Assembly, which would be tasked with developing new communication tools to use in our parliaments and in our schools.
I have asked our former President Prof. Dr. Karl A. Lamers to chair this working group, and we will be presenting a concrete plan to you at the Standing Committee meeting in Berlin.
I have discussed this idea with the NATO Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary General and the Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, and all have assured me of NATO’s full support and cooperation.
Karl Lamers and I also intend to work closely with the Atlantic Treaty Association network on this project.
I would like to establish a more structured cooperation with NATO’s military commands. For instance, we could agree with the NATO commands, on an annual basis, a set number of visits by interested Assembly groups.
SACEUR General Scaparrotti and the Commander of NATO’s Joint Forces Command Brunssum, General Farina, have both welcomed this idea with enthusiasm, and I intend to continue these consultations at Allied Command Transformation and Joint Forces Command Naples in the coming months.
I would like to strengthen our relations with a number of traditional partners, as well as develop new partnerships with others.
We can support closer NATO-EU relations by enhancing our own cooperation with the European Parliament.
This could include: a yearly joint meeting; common work on the issue of defence spending and burdensharing; an improved contribution by members of the EP delegation to the NATO PA, etc. The President of the European Parliament, the Head of the EP delegation, and the High Representative all greatly welcomed these ideas.
Both are traditional partners for our Assembly and important players for European security. I believe we could develop further synergies, and intend to reach out to the leadership of both institutions.
A more structured political partnership with the United Nations Secretariat would allow us to better understand the important cooperation between NATO and the UN, as well as develop valuable connections with key UN agencies.
UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman has welcomed this proposal, and the Bureau intends to travel to New York later this year to initiate a process.
All play essential roles in support of peace and stability in Africa and the Middle East. NATO is seeking to develop closer partnerships with all three, and NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs suggested to me that they would welcome our support.
All three organisations are regularly invited to seminars of the Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group.
In addition to the Secretary General’s regular reports to the Standing Committee, I intend to prepare an annual report presenting a political overview of the Assembly’s achievements and priorities.
This will help all of us better highlight the important work that we do within the Assembly.
I will continue to work with my predecessor, Mike Turner, and with members of the US delegation, to build support for NATO and for our Assembly in the United States Congress.
As mandated by the Standing Committee, the NATO PA Bureau will continue to monitor developments regarding Russia and NATO-Russia relations at each of its meetings.
I feel strongly that we must ensure that any initiative is closely coordinated with NATO, who agreed with me on the importance of synchronizing any future change in NATO or the NATO PA’s policies on Russia.
Paolo Alli has been a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies for the New Centre Right Party (NCD) since March 2013. He serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee, the European Union Policies Committee and the Joint Committee on the Implementation of Fiscal Federalism.
Mr Alli joined the NATO Parliamentary Assembly immediately following his election to the Italian parliament in 2013. He is Vice-Chair of the Italian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Within the Assembly, Mr Alli is a member of both the Political Committee (PC) and the Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group (GSM), and has served as Rapporteur of the Sub-Committee on NATO Partnerships and Vice-Chairman of the GSM.
He was elected President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly at the Assembly’s Annual Session in Istanbul in November 2016, after having served for two years as one of the Assembly’s five Vice-Presidents.
Mr Alli has a background in business and engineering. He graduated in Electronic Engineering at the Politecnico of Milano, and from 1976 to 1999 worked as a manager in several Italian multi-national companies operating in the energy and environment sectors. He started his political experience at local level in 1993, when he was elected member of the Municipal Council of the town of Legnano, and re-elected in 1997, serving as Deputy Mayor of the town until 2000. From 2000 to 2013, Mr Alli held several positions within the Regional Government of Lombardy, serving successively as: Director General for Public Utilities and Environment; Director General for Research, Innovation and New Economy; Central Director for External and International Relations and Communication of the Presidency; Head of Staff of the Governor; and Undersecretary to the Governor.
He was also a member of the Advisory Council for Hydrogen established by the European Commission, and member of the Board of APAT, the National Agency for Environmental Protection from 2007 to 2008. Mr Alli was involved in the organization of the World Exhibition EXPO Milano 2015 as member of the Board of EXPO 2015 SpA, a public company established for the organization and management of the event, and later as Deputy Commissioner General.