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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) is an international organisation established in 2005, following fifteen years of cooperation among States of the Mediterranean region. Cooperation focused on themes of common interest, such as political, socio-economic and environmental issues. The members of this organization have discussed these issues at periodic Conferences on Security and Cooperation, the first of which was held in 1990 and developed under the auspices of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
The main objective of PAM is to forge political, economic and social cooperation among the member states in order to find common solutions to the challenges facing the region, and to create a space for peace and prosperity for the Mediterranean peoples.
PAM's membership is open exclusively to Mediterranean countries, which are represented on equal footing. This is reflected in the composition of the Bureau and the alternating Presidency. The current President of PAM is António PEDRO ROQUE da Visitação Oliveira of Portugal. Each national delegation has five members with equal voting and decision-making powers. Associate Members and Observers do not have voting rights.
PAM conducts the bulk of its work within three standing committees. The standing committees focus on three strategic areas; the first standing committee is dedicated to political and security cooperation, the second is focused on economic, social and environmental issues, while the third standing committee addresses dialogue amongst civilisations and human rights issues. The PAM may also set up ad hoc committees or special task forces for particular topics, such as the Middle East, migration, free trade, terrorism, climate change, and others.
The Secretariat assists the PAM President, the PAM Bureau and all members in the execution of their mandate, and is responsible for providing coordination. assistance, and support to the work of the Committees and all other bodies established under PAM.
The Secretariat interacts with national delegations, as well as with regional and international bodies sharing an interest in the Mediterranean region. It stimulates the activities of the Assembly, and awards the PAM Prize, dedicated to individuals or institutions whose work is considered important for the Mediterranean region. The Secretary-General, assisted by international and local staff, directs the Secretariat. Ambassador Sergio Piazzi is the current Secretary-General.
The membership criteria and geographical location of its members position PAM as a central actor in the Mediterranean region.
Local parliamentarians are key to political decision-making processes within the PAM. In furtherance of its objectives, PAM encourages the inter-governmental support of the main actors in the region as well as regional institutions.
As of 2020 there are 29 member parliaments, 7 associate and partners states and organizations and 13 observer organizations.
In addition to the above, PAM also cooperates (to various degrees) with other international organizations, including the: