18 April 2018 The participants of the meeting in Novi Sad
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
50th Meeting of the PABSEC Cultural, Educational and Social Affairs Committee
The Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, hosted the 50th meeting of the Cultural, Educational and Social Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC), opened by MA Igor Becic, Head of the National Assembly standing delegation to PABSEC.
Ozcan Ulupinar, Chairman of the PABSEC Cultural, Educational and Social Affairs Committee, said that in these shaky times, culture and education are an excellent way to overcome differences and reconcile the different elements in the region.
The meeting was also attended by the Speaker of the Assembly of AP Vojvodina Istvan Pasztor who said that it rounds up an almost two-decade long series of events and conferences under the patronage of the Assembly of Vojvodina organized to advance interregional and parliamentary cooperation. “The Statute is the supreme legal document which guarantees multilingualism, multiculturalism and freedom of religion as values of exceptional importance.” Pasztor said that Vojvodina is home to 26 national communities and besides the Serbian language and Cyrillic script, the Hungarian, Slovak, Croatian, Romanian and Ruthenian language and their scripts are also in official use in the Province’s institutions. He added that mechanisms for the preservation of the personal autonomy of minority communities have been institutionally instated and Vojvodina is home to the seats of 15 national minority councils and offers education in 11 minority languages. Pasztor also said that out of the 453 localities on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites, 93 are on the territory of the 12 BSEC member states.
The Mayor of Novi Sad Milos Vucevic said that Novi Sad is the right place to speak of multiculturalism because it is a city of many nations, religions, languages and cultures and it is no mistake that it took the title of European Capital of Culture 2021, a project which immediately became one of national importance.
The attending were also addressed by the Head of the Provincial Government Igor Mirovic and PABSEC Secretary General Asaf Hajiyev who thanked the organizers for their hospitality, adding that the people of different nationalities who promote culture, tradition and language are the biggest wealth of the region.
After the keynote speeches the attending opened the 50th meeting of the Cultural, Educational and Social Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and ascertained the agenda.
The members of the PABSEC decided to continue strengthening and enhancing cultural cooperation among the member states, to encourage creativity and cultural innovation, promote cultural projects in the Black Sea region, endorse the establishment of the Institution of the "Cultural Port of the Black Sea" and promote the much needed legislative changes to adjust the existing legal framework for the timely conduct of multilateral projects and agreements.
The meeting was attended by representatives of Greece, Bulgaria, Russia, Romania, Moldova and Turkey.