Energy Security and Climate Change Meeting in Athens - The Best from Greece

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Posted on: 11/Oct/2009

U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings will lead a bipartisan Congressional delegation to an international energy security and climate change meeting that is taking place in Athens from Friday until Sunday.

With an eye toward the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December, Cardin will deliver a keynote address on the importance of international cooperation on energy policy and place a particular focus on the security and human rights dimensions of the energy debate.

More than 200 parliamentarians from 49 Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) countries will participate in the fall meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Sessions will focus on energy security, environmental policy and Mediterranean trade issues. Cardin is vice-president of the OSCE-PA.

Hastings, a past president of the Assembly that now serves as its Special Representative on Mediterranean Affairs, will present a report on the Mediterranean forum hosted in Washington last July. The Athens meeting will address economic cooperation in the Mediterranean region and evaluate the challenges within the OSCE Mediterranean Dimension. Mediterranean Partners for Cooperation Algeria, Egypt, Israel and Jordan are scheduled to participate


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