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Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman
Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
June 14, 2010



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.


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


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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Confidence and Security Building Measures
Conflict Prevention/Rehabilitation
Freedom of the Media
Military Aspects of Security
OSCE Institutions/Structures/Meetings
Property Restitution
Trafficking in Human Beings


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