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Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
February 26, 2008


(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), will hold a hearing entitled “NATO Enlargement and the Bucharest Summit,” on Tuesday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m. in room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing will examine enlargement issues for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in light of the April 2008 summit in Bucharest, Romania. Currently, Albania, Croatia and Macedonia hope for invitations to join the alliance, while Ukraine and Georgia expect to be offered Membership Action Plans. The hearing will assess the readiness of these countries to take next steps in their respective integration paths, with a particular focus on their democratic development and respect for the rule of law.

Testifying before the Commission will be:

Dr. Michael Haltzel, Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University

The Honorable Steven Pifer, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Senior Adviser, Russia and Eurasia Program Center for Strategic and International Studies

Mr. Janusz Bugajski, Director, New European Democracies Project and Senior Fellow, Europe Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

WHAT: Helsinki Commission to Hold Hearing on NATO Enlargement

WHEN: Tuesday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is a U.S. Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.

Media Contact: Lale Mamaux
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