The National Assembly’s standing delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly took part in this year’s regular annual session, held in a hybrid format from 30 June to 6 July.
Head of the delegation Vesna Markovic took part in the physical session held in Vienna, Austria, while delegation members Zarko Obradovic, Dusica Stojkovic and Predrag Rajic took part in the on-line format.
Day 1 began with a meeting of the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions. The opening remarks of Committee Chair Kyriakos Hadjiyianni were followed by a presentation of the report of OSCE PA Vice-President Kari Henriksen entitled “Reinforcing Multilateralism in Times of Global Crisis: A Parliamentary Call for Future Action”.
The General Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment met on Thursday, 1 July. The session chaired by Doris Barnett, focused on the report of Elona Gjebrea Hoxha from Albania entitled "Reinforcing Multilateralism in Times of Global Crisis: A Parliamentary Call for Future Action". MP Zarko Obradovic, member of the National Assembly delegation to the OSCE PA, took part in the Committee session.
On day 3, the Head of the National Assembly delegation to the OSCE PA Vesna Markovic and delegation member Dusica Stojkovic took part in the session of the OSCE PA General Committee on Political Affairs and Security. The session opened with an introductory speech by Congressman Richard Hudson, Chairman of the Committee. After the introductory speech, Committee Special Rapporteur Laurynas Kasciunas presented his Report to the participants. The report also addressed reinforcing multilateralism in times of global crisis, as well as possible responses by national parliaments in terms of taking concrete actions in the future. The presentation of the report was followed by a debate.
The session of the Standing Committee was held on Monday, 5 July, in Vienna at the Hofburg Palace, attended by the heads of national delegations and members of the OSCE PA Bureau. The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia was represented by Vesna Markovic, Head of the Serbian Parliament’s delegation. OSCE PA Secretary General Roberto Montella and OSCE PA President Peter Lord Bowness presented their reports at the Committee session.
The plenary session was held on 6 July. The parliamentary representatives of the OSCE PA member states were addressed by OSCE PA President Peter Lord Bowness who reported on the activities of the international assembly, as well as OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde who presented the priorities of the Swedish Chairmanship, planned goals and activities.
The participants of the OSCE PA ruled by a two-thirds majority to put the urgency items submitted by the Ukrainian, Dutch and US delegations on the agenda, followed by presentations of reports on the participation of OSCE PA members in observation missions in Bulgaria, Albania and Armenia.
The annual session ended with the election of OSCE PA President, eight vice-presidents and treasurer, as well as members of the bureaus of the three commissions. Voting was conducted via an electronic system that guarantees the secrecy of the ballot, security of the voting platform and monitoring of the voting process.