The NATO Parliamentary Assembly concluded its Spring Session hosted by the National Assembly of Bulgaria in Sofia from 24-27 May 2024.

  1. It gathered around 190 lawmakers from the 32-nation NATO Alliance and its broad network of partners.
  2. The Session focused on Allied unity, firmly rooted in shared democratic values, the Assembly’s unwavering support for Ukraine until victory and beyond, and NATO’s ongoing adaptation to the strategic reality of war in Europe.
  3. The plenary sitting adopted two declarations. One pledging full immediate and long-term support to aid Ukraine defend itself against Russia’s war and help the country advance on its now irreversible path to NATO membership. The other made recommendations to Allied leaders for their July 9-11 Summit in Washington to mark NATO’s 75th anniversary.
  4. During the plenary, members heard from and exchanged with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, Rustem Umerov, Minister of Defence of Ukraine, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on how to step up and expedite military and other support to Ukraine.
  5. The Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Dimitar Glavchev, and Vice-President of the National Assembly, Rositsa Kirova, Deputy Speaker of the Riksdag, Kerstin Lundgren, also addressed the full membership.
  6. The sitting marked Stoltenberg’s last of what has been many addresses to the Assembly. NATO PA President Michal Szczerba presented him with an award for Outstanding Service to the Alliance.
  7. Legislators from the Swedish Parliament also took part in their first session as full members after Sweden joined NATO in March.
  8. As the NATO PA’s partnership with Associate Member Georgia approached 25 years, the Assembly’s Bureau warned that the new “transparency of foreign influence” law is a step backwards for Georgia’s democracy and runs counter to its NATO as well as EU aspirations and values.
  9. Members discussed several draft reports in the Assembly’s five Committees, with a firm focus on Ukraine and NATO transformation. Other topics included climate change, NATO’s ties with the Western Balkans, protecting cultural heritage in wartime, tackling sexual violence and emerging technologies like AI.
  10. The NATO PA approved Associate Membership status for the Parliament of Malta and the Assembly of Kosovo.
  11. The NATO PA’s Annual Session will be held in Montreal, Canada on 22-25 November.

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