The President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Attila Mesterhazy (Hungary) announced today the postponement of the Spring Session, originally planned from 22 to 25 May in Kyiv, Ukraine:
“All our countries are going through particularly challenging times, and these are, of course, impacting the normal course of our Assembly’s business. In light of the uncertainty surrounding the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic, our Ukrainian hosts and I have agreed that it is best to postpone the NATO PA Spring Session.
“We are fully mobilised for finding alternative arrangements. At this critical time, it is essential that the Assembly’s members can continue exchanging with each other on the range of challenges facing our nations. And unquestionably the coronavirus crisis and our response must be at the top of our agenda.
“I am grateful to the Ukrainian Parliament for its ongoing willingness to host the Assembly for what would be the first NATO PA session in Ukraine – an important signal of our support to the country.”
The NATO PA normally holds two sessions every year – one in the Spring and one in the Autumn. Sessions bring together some 500-600 participants including some 250-300 members of parliament from some 60 delegations. Over three days, both in committee and plenary format, NATO parliamentarians review the most pressing challenges to transatlantic security and put forward recommendations for Allied governments’ and NATO’s response.