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EU-RF parliamentary coop committee begins meeting at Polish parliament

September 19, 2011, 2:23 UTC+3

The two-day meeting will open in the afternoon on Monday and will end by a news conference on Tuesday

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WARSAW, September 19 (Itar-Tass) —— A meeting of the European Union-Russia parliamentary cooperation committee begins at the Polish parliament on Monday. The meeting will be attended by Russian ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov.

According to the press service of the upper house of the Polish parliament, the meeting will address issues of the European Union’s visa policy towards Russia’s easternmost Kaliningrad region, the policy of good neighborhood, cooperation in science and research, as well as election standards.

Apart from the commission members, organizers invited two experts, governor of the Russian Kaliningrad region Nikolai Tsukanov and member of a group for sensitive issues in Russia’s and Poland’s common history W·odzimierz Marciniak.

The two-day meeting will open in the afternoon on Monday and will end by a news conference on Tuesday.

The European-Russian parliamentary cooperation committee was set up in 1997 under an agreement on partnership and cooperation. It includes representatives from the European parliament, and both houses of the Russian parliament, or the State Duma and the Federation Council. The Committee’s co-chairmen are Knut Fleckenstein of the European Parliament and Andrei Klimov, the chairman of the Russian State Duma international committee.

The committee is geared to monitor the implementation of agreements signed and it also serves as a platform for exchanging views and experience. It cooperates with numerous public and political figures.


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