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27 November 2020, 15:39

CIS IPA Council, WHO/Europe adopt joint statement

MINSK, 27 November (BelTA) - The Council of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly and the WHO Regional Office for Europe adopted a joint statement on the role of parliaments in countering COVID-19, Valentina Matviyenko, the Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia, Chairperson of the Council of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, said during the 51st plenary meeting of the CIS IPA, BelTA has learned.

“At the meeting of the CIS IPA Council, we discussed the legislative support of the measures taken in the CIS countries in connection with the pandemic. Following the discussion, which involved WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge, we adopted a joint statement on the role of parliaments in countering COVID-19. In this document, the CIS IPA Council and the WHO Regional Office call on CIS parliaments and governments, and other international organizations to show international solidarity in the fight against the epidemic,” Valentina Matviyenko noted.

According to her, this year the CIS IPA bodies could not keep up with the schedule. “Due to the restrictions imposed by many of our countries in the spring, we have not been able to hold a full-fledged session of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly. It was only four standing commissions, the Expert Council on Legal Affairs and the joint commission at the CIS IPA that met in the first half of the year. By the autumn, however, we had managed to get the assembly's work back to normal. All 10 standing commissions have already held sessions. Other IPA working bodies carry out the activities in accordance with the schedule. Legislative work was back on track. As a result 27 documents were submitted to the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly today. If approved, the total number of model laws prepared by the CIS IPA and other legal instruments will reach 594,” Valentina Matviyenko noted.

Valentina Matviyenko recalled that this year the CIS marked the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory. "Despite the objective difficulties, the IPA has implemented many of the events envisaged by the relevant CIS IPA plan,” she said. “The CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly continued working during this difficult period. I hope that today we will consolidate the results of the work by reviewing and approving the draft documents prepared by our MPs. I would like to thank you sincerely for the coordinated and effective interaction, and for the friendly atmosphere in the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly.”

The CIS IPA convened for the 51st plenary meeting via a video link. The event has brought together the heads of parliamentary delegations of the CIS countries, and representatives of CIS bodies and international organizations. The MPs will consider the drafts of the Convention on the Preservation of CIS Cultural Heritage, the Model Labor Code for the CIS countries, the Model Electoral Code for the CIS States, and a number of draft model laws: On refugees, On engineering, On shared construction of real estate, On the environmental safety of transportation of petroleum products through pipelines, On the development and protection of mountainous territories, On parliamentary control, On school sports, On reparations for victims of crime.

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