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18 May 2017

Minsk to host CEI Parliamentary Committee session 30 May

MINSK, 18 May (BelTA) – The Parliamentary Committee of the Central European Initiative (CEI) will hold a session in Minsk on 30 May. Chairman of the Council of the Republic Mikhail Myasnikovich discussed the preparations for the session and other events under the auspices of Belarus’ CEI presidency during a meeting with ambassadors of the CEI member states to Belarus on 18 May, BelTA has learned.

Eleven CEI member states (Austria, Italy, Poland, Moldova, Slovenia, Serbia, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Croatia) have already confirmed their participation in the upcoming event.

The session will be dedicated to the intellectualization of economy in the CEI region, innovative manufacturing, management, and human potential. The participants will exchange experience in topical issues of the global economic development.

Belarus plans to organize more than 20 events during the CEI presidency. For instance, a ministerial conference “Bridging the gap between Europe and Asia” on cooperation and compatibility in the CEI in the context of the new Silk Road will be held in Minsk on 8 June. Minsk will also play host to the CEI ministerial meeting on 22 June. A session of the CEI-PD Parliamentary Assembly is due to take place in Minsk in November. There are even more events come. An international conference “Documentary Heritage in Central European Region: Conservation, Research and Promotion, Minsk (Belarus)” timed to the 500th anniversary of the Belarusian book printing will be organized in Minsk by the CEI Cooperation Fund

“During Belarus’ presidency of the CEI we are interested in holding all kinds of events at the highest level,” Mikhail Myasnikovich remarked.

The Central European Initiative (CEI) is a regional forum that consists of 18 states (Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Montenegro and Ukraine). Belarus joined the CEI in 1996. The organization serves as an important forum to help foster relations between the states of Central, East and Southeast Europe in cross-border cooperation, energy, transport, science, technologies, education, culture, small and medium-sized business, agriculture, environmental protection, and other fields.

Belarus’ CEI presidency was assumed in 2017 and is designed to promote compatibility in the greater Europe. The country aspires to bolster and expand ties and cooperation between the CEI states and different integration platforms, including the Eurasian Economic Union, the EU, and the CEI. The CEI parliamentary dimension is set to reach this goal and promote multilateral cooperation between the CEI member states at the parliamentary level.

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