Romania's Foreign Ministry (MAE) says the election of the head of Romania's delegation at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) Gabriel Vlase to the office of the NATO PA vice-president is a success of the Romanian diplomacy.
'The Foreign Ministry has been pleased to learn about the election of the head of Romania's Delegation at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Gabriel Vlase to the office of vice-president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. The election happened at the 59th annual session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly hosted by Croatia at Dubrovnik, October 11-14. The appointment of Gabriel Vlase, the head of Romania's Delegation at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, as vice-president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly is a success of the Romanian parliamentary diplomacy in the context of the central part played by the national legislatures inside the North-Atlantic Treaty Alliance,' MAE says in a press release.
MAE also says that besides the recognition of the special merits of the Romanian official in the development of international parliamentary dialogue, the decision at Dubrovnik is also further confirmation of Romania's consolidated profile inside NATO as a promoter of Euro-Atlantic values and a significant contributor to the NATO operations and missions.
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly is an inter-parliamentary organisation made up of delegates of the 28 national parliaments of the NATO member state, being seen as an important forum for international parliamentary dialogue on security, political, social and economic issues.
The NATO PA has also 66 associate members from the national parliaments of NATO's 14 associate members — the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Austria, Azerbaijan, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Georgia, Armenia, Bosnia — Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro and Macedonia.
The NATO PA Bureau is made up of a president, five vice-presidents, a treasurer, and a secretary general. There is also a standing committee acting as the assembly's governing body, comprising one member from each national delegation that can be the head of the delegation and one alternate member. The Bureau members and committee chairs are automatic members of the Standing Committee.
In its current composition, the Bureau of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly comprises Hugh Byley — president (United Kingdom); Gabriel Vlase — vice-president (Romania); Nicole Ameline—vice-president (France); Cheryl Gallant — vice-president (Canada); Daniel Bacquelaine — vice-president (Belgium); Karl A. Lamers — vice-president (Germany).
The work of the Parliamentary Assembly is conducted in committees, which can set up sub-committees and working groups, convening in plenary sessions (in spring, usually the second part of May, and in annual sessions, each autumn). The committees draw up and discuss reports and resolutions and pass amendments that are subsequently submitted to the plenary session of the assembly for final approval. The members of the NATO AP are affiliated with political groups. AGERPRES