Thursday, 11 October 2007
ROUNDTABLE ON THE COOPERATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA
On 11 and 12 October, as part of the programme of information and cooperation of the European Parliament and the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, a roundtable was held in the National Assembly House on the subject of “The Role of the European Parliament and its Relations with the National Parliaments and Citizens of the European Union”.
On 11 and 12 October, as part of the programme of information and cooperation of the European Parliament and the National Assembly of the
The programme was organised by the Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments of the European Parliament in order to improve the quality and efficiency of the bilateral relations of the European Parliament and the parliaments of member countries. The programme was intended, above all, for the administrative staff of the parliament, so as to offer information on the European Union and encourage dialogue, in order to specify priorities and needs on a national level.
At the beginning, the participants of the round table were addressed by the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Miloljub Albijanic, who stressed the National Assembly’s devotion to the principles of the European Union and its determination to build a democratic society, based on the rule of law, respect of human and minority rights and market economy. “We wish to reform our society and establish stable institutions in accordance with EU standards”, Albijanic stated adding that the cooperation of the National parliament with the European Parliament is of essential importance for
Head of the Political section of the Delegation of the European Commission in
Esmeralda Hernandez-Aragones pointed out that the European Comission will discuss the report on
Head of the Council of Europe Office in
Huber expressed his firm belief that the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between
Head of the Unit for Relations with National Parliaments Alain Barrau, Administrator for Bilateral Relations with National Parliaments of Western Balkan Countries Estelle Carrelet de Loisy and Head of the Unit for Exchange of Information via Internet Stephen Clark were also among the introductory speakers from the European Parliament who briefed the employees of the National Assembly about the organisation and activities of the most important institutions of the European Union – the European Parliament, European Commission and Council of Ministers. The participants of the meeting were also addressed by the Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia Antony Pahigian, Coordinator of the Programme of Support to the National Assembly realised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Aleksandra Tekijaski, and the guest from the Bulgarian Parliament, Vladimir Danchev.
Milos Jevtic, the Chairman of the European Integrations Committee, spoke on the second day, stressing the firm determination of the Parliament and the Government of Serbia in favour of European integration and that he will do all in his power to see
Deputy Secretary of the National Assembly, Milos Todorovic, stressed the need to pass a law on the National Assembly in view of the upcoming duties, and modify its rules of procedure so as to ensure a greater efficiency and more expedient passing of laws. Besides, it is necessary to further the improvement of expert services, electronic equipment of the Parliament and continue the cooperation and exchange of experience with other parliamentarians.