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BENELUX INTERPARLIAMENTARY CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL

Baltic-Benelux parliamentary cooperation started in 1994. By signing the Common Declaration on Parliamentary Cooperation, parliamentarians agreed to cooperate in developing democratic institutions and to collaborate in spheres such as foreign policy, communications, energy, market economy, environmental protection, culture, education and science. Throughout the years, the cooperation has expanded and taken new forms, essence and format. Participation at the sessions of both organisations and meetings between their leaders has expanded to jointly organised seminars and conferences. The Benelux experience has been very useful in solving cross-border problems, such as developing joint infrastructure facilities, opening common border-crossing checkpoints and organizing common customs services as well as fighting against organised crime and illegal border crossing. The Benelux countries have also provided an indispensable support to the Baltic States in preparing for joining the Schengen information system.

The closest cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Benelux Parliament has taken place in the following spheres: local government cooperation, visa issues, cross-border cooperation, cooperation between sea ports, migration issues, preservation of the cultural heritage and fight against social security fraud, etc. The Baltic Assembly benefited from the experience of the  Benelux countries in the sphere of cross-border cooperation (for solving problems related to Valka and Valga), development of a common infrastructure as well as creation of joint border control points and unified management of customs services in order to ensure compliance with the criteria set by the Schengen system.

On 23 March 2019 in Luxembourg, President of the Baltic Assembly Mr Jānis Vucāns and President of the Benelux Parliament Mr Gusty Graas signed Decision on Priorities of Cooperation for 2019 – 2021. By signing the Decision on Priorities of Cooperation for 2019 – 2021 both organisations have decided on following priorities of cooperation: circular economy; labour mobility, vocational education and training (automatic recognition of qualifications); mutual recognition of higher education diplomas and cooperation between universities in Baltic States and Benelux countries; security and defence cooperation, cooperation with the EU Eastern Partnership countries; European energy market, sustainable mobility – alternative fuels; common transport and infrastructure projects, cross-border rail connections; digital Market; meeting the climate targets; human trafficking; violence against women.

The main goal for cooperation between both organizations is to promote deeper European integration, expansion of welfare, political consensus and economic stabilization and development.

 


Documents

Common Declaration on Parliamentary Cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Benelux Consuoltative Interparliamentary Council, 18 November 1994, Hague (download)

Decision of Priorities for Cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Bureau of the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly for 2006 (download)

Common Declaration of Parliamentary Cooperation Between the Baltic Assembly and the Benelux Interparliamentary Consultative Council, of 23 March 2007 (download)

Decision of Priorities for Cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Bureau of the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly for 2008-2009 (download)

Decision of Priorities for Cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Bureau of the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly for 2009-2010 (download)

Decision on Priorities of Cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Bureau of the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly for 2011-2012 (download)

Decision on Priorities of Cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Bureau of the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly for 2013-2014 (download)

Decision of Priorities for Cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Bureau of the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly for 2015-2016 (download)

List of Priorities for Cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Bureau of the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly  from 2005 to 2016 (download)

Decision of Priorities for Cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Bureau of the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly for 2017-2018 (download)

Decision of Priorities for Cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Bureau of the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly for 2019-2021 (download)

 

 

 

President of the Baltic Assembly Jānis Vucāns and President of the Benelux Parliament Gusty Graas signed Decision on Priorities of Cooperation for 2019 – 2021, on 23 March 2019 in Luxembourg

 

 

 

During the plenary Session of the Benelux Parliament on 15 – 16 June 2018 in the Hague, the Netherlands. Photos by the Secretariat of the Baltic Assembly

 

 

During the Session of the Benelux Parliament on 15 – 16 June 2017 in the Hague, the Netherlands. Photos by the Secretariat of the Baltic Assembly

 

During thematic Plenary debate on 18 March 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Photo by the Secretariat of the Baltic Assembly