Secretariat for Interparliamentary Cooperation of CEE established in Sejm

The Secretariat for Interparliamentary Cooperation of Central and Eastern Europe has been established in the Sejm (lower house), Sejm Speaker Marek Kuchciński wrote on Twitter on Monday.

The new body has been tasked with practical and organisational running of cooperation in the region, the statement read.

Director of the Sejm Information Centre (CIS) Andrzej Grzegrzółka told PAP the establishment of the Secretariat fulfills the Polish declaration made at last week's summit of Central and Eastern European Parliamentary heads in Warsaw.

"We are raising the rank of interparliamentary cooperation in the region," Grzegrzółka argued. "Thanks to the new body, communication and coordination of joint activities will be further improved," he emphasised.

According to the CIS director, another opportunity for CEE countries to work out joint initiatives, for example in the field of infrastructure, will be the Europe of the Carpathians forum, which will take place during the September Economic Forum in Krynica, southern Poland.

Last week, Warsaw hosted the 3rd Summit of Central and Eastern European Parliamentary heads, dubbed '#EUROWAW2018.' The participants discussed strenghtening of parliamentary cooperation as an opportunity for regional development, especially in the field of energy and transport policies. Other topics included the role of parliaments in international politics, sustainable development, regional cooperation and migration policy.

The summit was organised by the speakers of the Sejm (lower house) and Senate (upper house) Marek Kuchciński and Stanisław Karczewski.