Meeting of the SI Committee for the CIS, Caucasus and Black Sea, St Petersburg, Russia

25-26 May 2018

The Socialist International Committee for the CIS, Caucasus and Black Sea convened in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on 25-26 May 2018, hosted by A Just Russia, its member party in that country, whose leader, Sergey Mironov, addressed the gathering at its opening.

The meeting’s agenda focused on three main themes: ‘Moving forward a common strategy to strengthen social democracy in the region’, ‘Overview of the advancement of democracy and its institutions in the region’ and ‘Our contribution as a movement for peace in resolving and preventing conflicts’.  In the lively and rich discussions of the meeting, participants also shared information with their colleagues on the political and social situation in their respective countries, the challenges they faced and the work their party was carrying out.

This meeting, which was chaired by the SI Secretary General, Luis Ayala, had the task of electing the new authorities of the Committee. Alexandra Dobolyi (Hungary MSzp), Araz Alizadeh (Azerbaijan SDPA) and Mikalai Statkevich (Belarus SDP-NH) were unanimously elected as co-chairs.

A declaration was issued after the meeting.