The Fifth Meeting of the TURKPA Commission on Legal Affairs and International Relations took place on 17 May 2016 in Ankara and hosted by the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. The meeting was led by Mr. Haluk Ipek, Chairman of the Commission and member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.
Members of the parliaments and experts from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey participated in the meeting. The meeting’s agenda included the report and recommendation on “Combating Cybercrime: Development of the Legal Framework and Cooperation Among Member States”, as well as discussions of the TurkPA financial documents, regulations of the TurkPA Medal of Merit and conclusions of the Second Workshop on harmonization of legislation held on 18 March 2016 in Ankara. Commission’s meeting was preceded by the meeting of national experts in order to discuss items of the Commission’s agenda. The experts reviewed also a model law on tourism prepared and presented by the experts from the Milli Mejlis of Azerbaijan in accordance with concluding report of the Second Workshop on harmonization of legislation.
The parliamentarians touched upon cybercrime issues and related challenges faced by the countries. It was noted that technological developments present new opportunities, but also bring new risks for any country. As the result of the meeting, report and recommendation on cybercrime were approved, which will be presented to the 7th Plenary Session of the Assembly in September 2016 in Kyrgyzstan.
On the same day, participants of the meeting were received by the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mr. Ismayil Kahraman.
The Commission decided to hold its next meeting in Azerbaijan.