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234 Ford House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-6460
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman
Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Co-Chairman
www.csce.gov
202.225.1901
June 16, 2010

INTER-PARLIAMENT COOPERATION HEARING


***MEDIA ADVISORY***

WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) announced today they will host a hearing:

“Global Threats, European Security and Parliamentary Cooperation”

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

10:00 a.m.

SVC 202/203 Capitol Visitor Center

From nuclear security to climate change, global terrorism to anti-corruption efforts, this hearing will examine what parliamentarians can do to work together on some of the most significant challenges facing the world. Members will address European and Central Asian security concerns, including unresolved conflicts in the Balkans and elsewhere, and consider how international parliaments can cooperate to address challenges related to trafficking, tolerance, and democratic development, including elections and media freedom.

Witness:
• Joao Soares, President OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (MP, Portugal)

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The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, is an independent agency of the Federal Government charged with monitoring compliance with the Helsinki Accords and advancing comprehensive security through promotion of human rights, democracy, and economic, environmental and military cooperation in 56 countries. The Commission consists of nine members from the U.S. Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce


   
 

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