On 21 February 1995 the ‘Treaty of Friendship,
Neighbourliness and Cooperation’ was signed between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.
On 2 April 1996
a whole new stage in the unification of Belarus and
Russia began, when the ‘Treaty on the Formation of a Community of Russia and
Belarus’ was signed. According to this document it was decided to establish a
Parliamentary Assembly - as the representative body of the Community.
This would be formed on the basis of the equal representation of the deputies
of the National Parliaments of Russia and Belarus.
At the meeting of the heads of the Parliaments of Belarus
and Russia, which was held on 29 April 1996 in St. Petersburg, the Agreement on the
Parliamentary Assembly of the Community was signed. This Assembly was assigned
the functions of drafting legal acts and submitting the relevant proposals to
the bodies with appropriate legislative powers.
Since the formation of the Community in April 1996 (from
April 1997 — the Union of Belarus and Russia and from December 1999 — the Union
State), the deputies of the Parliamentary Assembly have carried out the work that
has laid the foundations for the formation of the legal framework of the Union
The powers, composition and operational procedure of the
Parliamentary Assembly are defined in the Regulations of the Parliamentary
Assembly which was approved on 13 June 1997. The latest amendments and
additions to the Regulations were introduced on 16 September 2003.
Sergey NARYSHKIN (Russian Federation)
Commissions of the Parliamentary Assembly:
- For legislation and regulations
- For economic policy
- For budget and finance
- For social policy, science, culture and humanitarian affairs
- For foreign policy
- For security, defence and crime prevention
- For environmental issues, the management of natural resources
and accident management
- For information policy