Head of the Greek Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Marietta Giannakou, has been elected vice president of the consultative interparliamentary organization for the North Atlantic Alliance.
Founded in 1955, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) serves as the consultative interparliamentary organisation for the North Atlantic Alliance.
Giannakou is the first Greek MP to be appointed to the position.
Following her election, she said that she is confident the assembly "will work according to our expectation for the Alliance, for NATO 2030, based on the three goals set by the Secretary General, Mr. Stoltenberg. That is, a militarily strong Alliance, the strengthening of its political character and its global role."
“I believe that these criteria will guide us in our work in the future and in the framework of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, men and women will work to meet these three goals," Giannakou added.
— Γραφείο Τύπου (@Parliament_GR) November 24, 2020
Speaking at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s virtual Annual Session on Monday, NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said that the NATO 2030 initiative will, “make our strong Alliance even stronger and fit to face any challenge, in the next decade and beyond."
“NATO is the only place where the countries of Europe and North America meet every day. We need to build on this and use NATO even more as a forum for frank discussion, on a wide range of security issues," he added.
Resolutions adopted by the NATO Parliamentary Assembly:
- A transatlantic strategy for China
- Continuation of the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security
- Financial resilience and pandemic
- Defence innovation
- Maintaining investment in the defence sector following the Covid-19 pandemic
Marietta Giannakou is a Greek politician, member of New Democracy. She is the former Minister for National Education and Religious Affairs of Greece. She was born in Geraki Lakonias and she became a doctor and neuro-psychologist at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Athens.