The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s 29th Annual Session opened today in Birmingham, United Kingdom, with calls by OSCE leaders and host officials to end the war in Ukraine with full respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Addressing nearly 250 parliamentarians gathered for the event, speakers at the opening plenary denounced the Russian Federation’s invasion, shared their observations from visiting Ukraine and meeting Ukrainian refugees, and urged full investigations and accountability for alleged war crimes and atrocities. (…)
The largest event on the Assembly’s calendar, the 2022 Annual Session is the first to take place in three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is the first time in almost two decades that the UK Parliament has hosted the event.
Following several days of intense debate and committee work, the Assembly will adopt the Birmingham Declaration and elect Assembly officers on 6 July. The Annual Session also includes numerous bilateral meetings and side events, as well as reports by Special Representatives and Chairs of Ad Hoc Committees. The OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, is expected to address the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security on 4 July.
The delegation of polish Parliament to the OSCE PA will be represented by MPs: Barbara Bartuś – chairwoman of the delegation, Agnieszka Pomaska - vice-chairman of the delegation, Joanna Lichocka, Radosław Fogiel and Rafał Adamczyk. Senator Grzegorz Bierecki will also take part in the session.