Region: Europe

IPU Task Force concluding visits to Kyiv and Moscow seeks peaceful end to Russia’s war

The IPU Task Force for the peaceful resolution of Russia’s war on Ukraine has concluded its initial mission to Kyiv and Moscow. The Task Force – led by MP Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi of the United Arab Emirates and composed of eight prominent parliamentarians representing the global parliamentary community – was set up following the adoption […]

Delegates at the Newborn monument in Pristina, Kosovo

MPs discuss legacy, trade and geopolitics in vibrant and ambitious Kosovo

My overall impressions of Kosovo are of a young, vibrant, and ambitious country – proud of its close associations with the United Kingdom, the US and NATO. We were made to feel extremely welcome, and the potential for further close partnership between our Parliaments and Governments is substantial and should be pursued. Kosovo is a […]

German Delegation on the Terrace with with Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans MP, Vice-Chair Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP and other HoC members

Energy and security issues following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine dominate agenda for Bundestag visit

On 28-29 June 2022, BGIPU hosted a delegation of five parliamentarians from the German Bundestag, with the objective to enhancing parliamentary relations between the two countries. The delegation was led by Mr Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU/CSU), head of the German delegation to the IPU. He was accompanied by fellow MPs Dr Volker Ullrich (CDU/CSU), Ms Beate […]

The IPU's Global Parliamentary Conference on Migration hosted by the Turkish Parliament from 20-21 June 2022 was very well organised and provided a useful opportunity to focus on the issues of global migration that affect all countries in the IPU.

Parliamentary conference calls for stronger international solidarity to protect refugees

Some 300 parliamentarians and parliamentary staff, including 16 Speakers and Deputy Speakers, from over 50 countries convened in Türkiye on 20-21 June for a global parliamentary conference on migration, organized jointly by the IPU and the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye. The conference provided an opportunity for Members of Parliament to take stock of the […]

The delegation had the opportunity to exchange views with the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP.

Ukraine delegation reassured of strong UK support for their county in opposing Russia’s illegal war

On 15-17 June 2022, BGIPU hosted a delegation of five parliamentarians from Ukraine. The visit allowed members of the Verkhovna Rada to update UK parliamentarians on the continued war being waged against Ukraine by Russia following its illegal invasion in early 2022. The delegation was led by Ms Lesia Vasylenko, who was accompanied by Ms […]

The Ambassadors of Greece, Finland, Sweden and Lithuania brief MPs/Peers on European security issues stemming from Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Ambassadors brief on European security impacts of Russian invasion of Ukraine

On Tuesday 24 May, BGIPU held an Ambassador briefing chaired by BGIPU Chair Harriett Baldwin MP, for members of both the House of Commons and Lords. Present at the meeting were the Ambassador of Greece, His Excellency Mr Ionnis E. Raptakis, the Ambassador of Finland, His Excellency Mr Jukka Reino Siukosaari, the Ambassador of Lithuania, […]

HM Ambassadors to Ukraine and Poland briefed UK parliamentarians on the dire humanitarian and security impacts of Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine

HM Ambassadors to Ukraine and Poland brief UK MPs/Peers on impact of Russian invasion

On Wednesday 18 May, BGIPU held an Ambassador roundtable chaired by BGIPU Executive Committee member Wayne David MP, for members of both the House of Commons and Lords. Present at the meeting were Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Melinda Simmons, and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Poland, Anna Clunes (virtually). They updated the members on the […]