Senators take part in the work of the permanent commissions of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly

The meetings took place during the Assembly events in St Petersburg.

Meetings of the permanent commissions of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of States, Members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, took place during the Assembly events held in St Petersburg.

Deputy Chairman of the Permanent Commission on Political Matters and International Cooperation of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly and Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev took part in the work of this Commission.

The Senator who is also First Deputy Speaker of the Inter-Parliamentary Union informed the participants about the results of the Union’s 140th assembly which took place in Doha, Qatar. He noted the impressive organisation of the event and also its pace. “The Inter-Parliamentary Union is the largest international parliamentary organisation with the greatest number of participants. A total of 144 national delegations and 69 parliament speakers took part in the assembly,” he said.

Konstantin Kosachev also recalled that Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko had suggested during the 137th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in St Petersburg that it would be appropriate to hold an international conference on launching inter-religious and inter-civilisational dialogue that would involve the heads of state, parliament speakers and leaders of global religions. “This initiative was supported by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and was included in a resolution of the UN General Assembly,” he added.

There are plans to hold the conference on 21 May 2022 in Russia, the Senator noted. “This date was not chosen by sheer coincidence because UNESCO’s International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures is set to end in 2022,” Konstantin Kosachev pointed out. The preparations for the event are now underway, he noted.

Commission members discussed the results of the Conference to Counter International Terrorism as well as various aspects of long-term cooperation with partner international organisations. A report on combating external interference in the domestic affairs of sovereign states was also submitted.

The participants exchanged views on the preparations for the celebrations dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War in CIS member-states.

Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building Yelena Mizulina took part in a meeting of the Permanent Commission on Legal Matters of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly. Those at the meeting discussed draft model laws on trust property management and trust, on advertising and on laws of obligation.

Members of the Joint Commission to Harmonise Security Legislation and to Counter New Challenges and Threats of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly discussed a model law on national security.

Members of the Permanent Commission on Defence and Security of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly also held their meeting and discussed amendments to the model law on narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors.