NATO Parliamentary Assembly News

NATO Parliamentary Assembly Annual Session 2011, 7-10 October 2011

Members of the UK delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly travelled to Bucharest to participate in the Assembly’s Annual Session.

During the Session, the Assembly agreed Resolutions on:

  • Cyber Security
  • Supporting the Libyan People
  • Confronting a Difficult Fiscal Environment: Economic Crisis, Fiscal Consolidation and the Risk of Europe’s Strategic Irrelevance
  • The Political Transformation in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Countering Biological and Chemical Threats
  • Supporting Transition in Afghanistan

The text of the Resolutions is available on the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's website.

The Assembly's Committees adopted the following Reports:


Committee/Sub-Committee Report Rapporteur
Civil Dimension of Security Committee Information and National Security General Rapporteur: Lord Jopling (United Kingdom)
Civil Dimension of Security Committee Special Report Governance Challenges in Afghanistan: an Update Rapporteur: Vitalino Canas (Portugal)
Sub-Committee on Democratic Governance Post-Orange Ukraine: Internal Dynamics and Foreign Policy Priorities Rapporteur: Lucio Malan (Italy)
Defence and Security Committee Transition in Afghanistan: Assessing the Security Effort General Rapporteur: Sven Mikser (Estonia)
Sub-Committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities Missile Defence: the Way Ahead for NATO Rapporteur: Raymond Knops (Netherlands)
Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Co-operation NATO Operations Under a New Strategic Concept and the EU as an Operational Partner Rapporteur: Nicole Ameline (France)
Economics and Security Committee Confronting a Difficult Budgetary Environment: Economic Crisis, Fiscal Consolidation and the Risk of Europe’s Strategic Irrelevance General Rapporteur: Simon van Driel (Netherlands)
Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Economic Relations Finding Workable Solutions in Afghanistan: The Work of the International Community in Building a Functioning Economy and Society Rapporteur: Jeppe Kofod (Denmark)
Sub-Committee on East-West Economic Co-operation and Convergence The Balkan Economies: Regional Roadblocks, European Distractions and Global Crisis Rapporteur: John Sewel (United Kingdom)
Political Committee The Rise of China and Possible Implications for NATO General Rapporteur: Assen Agov (Bulgaria)
Sub-Committee on NATO Partnerships Belarus - A Difficult Partner Rapporteur: Daniel Bacquelaine (Belgium)
Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Relations Afghanistan – the Regional Context Rapporteur: John Dyrby Paulsen (Denmark)
Science and Technology Countering Biological and Chemical Threats: The Way Forward General Rapporteur: David Scott (United States)
Draft Special Report Countering the Afghan Insurgency: Low-Tech Threats, High-Tech Solutions Special Rapporteur: Pierre Claude Nolin (Canada)
Sub-Committee on Energy and Environmental Security Food and Water Security: Implications for Euro-Atlantic Security Rapporteur: Philippe Vitel (France)


The Assembly and its Committees were addressed by a series of high level interlocutors and experts, including: 

  • Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General, NATO
  • Major General Karl Engelbrektson, Swedish Military Representative to the EU and NATO
  • Traian Bãsescu, President of Romania
  • Roberta Anastase, President of the Chamber of Deputies, Romania
  • Mircea Geoanã, President the Romanian Senate
  • Samira Hamidi, Afghanistan Country Director, Afghan Women’s Network
  • Teodor Baconschi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Romania
  • Shaun Gregory, Professor of International Security, Director of the Pakistan Security Research Unit, University of Bradford
  • Aude Merlin, Professor, Université libre de Bruxelles