Askar Shakirov, Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan, took part in the European Conference of Parliament Speakers
Askar Shakirov, Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan, took part in the European Conference of Presidents of Parliaments, organized under the auspices of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg.
The forum, which was attended by the heads of parliaments of 47 Council of Europe member states, partner countries and observers, as well as a number of international parliamentary assemblies, was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe. The agenda included discussions on the establishment and development of a pan-European home, the contribution of parliaments to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the issue of gender equality.
During his stay in Strasbourg A. Shakirov held talks with PACE President Liliane Mori Pasquier. The parties noted mutual understanding and trust in relations between Kazakhstan and this organization. Effective examples of bilateral cooperation were given effective cooperation with the Venice Commission, as well as our country’s entry into GRECO (Group of States on Combating Corruption).
Liliane Mori Pasquier welcomed the opening in Nur Sultan of the regional representation of the Council of Europe for the countries of Central Asia.
The vice speaker also held talks with the Vice-President of the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of Belgium, A. Flao, during which the dynamics of bilateral trade, economic and investment cooperation were noted. The Belgian parliamentarian announced that in the near future a new, post-election composition of the Belgian part of the Kazakhstan-Belgium inter-parliamentary friendship group will be formed. In this context, the parties noted the importance of effective interaction between the legislative bodies of the countries in the light of the early entry into force of the Agreement on Enhanced Partnership between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the European Union.
A meeting was also held with the Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Gabriela Cuevas Barron, with whom they discussed issues of the upcoming parliamentary conference of the World Trade Organization in Nur Sultan in 2020. The head of the Inter-Parliamentary Union expressed gratitude for holding this event in Kazakhstan.
On the sidelines of the forum, the Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan also met with the Chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Georgy Tsereteli, the heads of the delegations of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Cyprus, Liechtenstein and Sweden, and diplomatic missions under the Council of Europe.
The first European Conference of Presidents of Parliament took place in 1975. This event is held every two years, alternately in Strasbourg and in the capital of one of the member states of the Council of Europe.
Source: Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan