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Upper House Speaker foresees growing global role of parliaments

March 27, 2012, 16:35 UTC+3

Matviyenko suggested adopting the practice of inviting heads of state and government to MPA sessions as special guests

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ALMA-ATA, March 27 (Itar-Tass) —— Speaker of the Upper House of the Russian parliament Valentina Matviyenko believes that the global role played by parliaments will be growing, which is seen from the recent processes going on in the world.

Speaking at a press conference after a meeting of the Council of the CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly (MPA) on Tuesday, Valentina Matviyenko, who heads the Council, drew attention to the talk about the establishment of the EuroSenate (Senate of the European Union) and about the Eurasian parliament project. "This tendency will be getting stronger in the world, and the role of the parliament will grow," Matviyenko said.

Commenting on the results of the meeting of the MPA Council, Matviyenko said that "a decision taken by our predecessors to create the CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly was absolutely correct and timely." "Otherwise, a scenario of the disintegration of the Soviet Union might have been absolutely different," Matviyenko noted.

Matviyenko suggested adopting the practice of inviting heads of state and government to MPA sessions as special guests." A dialogue between representatives of the legislative and executive power of the CIS would be useful to both sides," Matviyenko said.

In reply to Itar-Tass Matviyenko suggested putting normative acts in part, which does not contravene issues of sovereignty, on the MPA agenda. These issues might deal with border and inter-regional cooperation and ecological problems, she said. "Given a growing role played the integration processes we may initiate interstate programs which might be adopted in the MPA framework," Matviyenko said.

The session of the MPA Council was timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary since MPA was established. It summed up the results of its work over that period. Over the past 20 years MPA adopted 315 model codes, bills and recommendations orientated at international legislative standards and adapted to conditions of the CIS. The Inter-parliamentary Assembly has activated its work with the world leading parliamentary organizations and many U.N. structures. The MPA has realized the principle of a multi-level integration, accomplished at a different pace, in the framework of inter-parliamentary cooperation in the post-Soviet space, the press conference was told.

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