12 September 2023

War in Ukraine: Collaboration Initiatives for Parliaments

MP initiative

“There isn’t a space for us national parliamentarians to work together on our response to the Ukraine War. We need a channel where we can keep coordinating and exchanging strategies.”   

Member of the Estonian Parliament, “War in Ukraine” OED Future Workshop participant

The special OED Interparliamentary Lab “War in Ukraine: Collaboration Initiatives for Parliaments” took place online on 12 September from 08:00 to 10:00 (CEST).  

In July, 20 members of parliament from Europe and Ukraine met in Warsaw to participate in the Open European Dialogue’s Future Workshop, where future scenarios for the evolution of the war in Ukraine were discussed. Building on these conversations and the cooperation opportunities that were identified, the cohort of parliamentarians who met in Warsaw invited the whole Open European Dialogue network of policymakers to further develop parliamentary coordination and cooperation initiatives in support of Ukraine. 

A pan-European cross-party initiative  
Responding to the demands of the parliamentarians of the Open European Dialogue network, members of parliaments from across Europe were invited to join a cross-party collaborative parliamentary initiative and contribute to developing improved coordination and strategic exchange of parliamentary responses to the ongoing war in Ukraine. 

The OED Interparliamentary Lab

The Lab is supported by the process design and facilitation expertise of the Open European Dialogue, recognised by the OECD as a best practice for cross-border collaboration. It is a collaboration space specifically designed to enable parliamentarians to develop collaboration initiatives identified at the OED Future Workshop on the war in Ukraine, such as: 

  • Creating an interparliamentary cooperation platform for European parliaments supporting Ukraine;
  • Combating Russian disinformation: Best-practice sharing initiative;
  • Setting up cross-country and cross-party parliamentary delegation visits to Ukraine. 

The Lab also provides a dedicated space for new collaboration initiatives to emerge and be developed. 

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