Main subject: “The Global Economic Crisis and its impact on Social – Spiritual – Cultural European tradition. The Role of Orthodoxy”
Τhe works of the 16th annual I.A.O. General Assembly were successfully held in Belgrade, 24 – 28 June 2009.
Parliamentary delegations from the following parliaments – members of the I.A.O participated in the General Assembly: Belarus, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Palestinian Authority, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Sudan, Syria and Uganda. A Member of the Parliament of Montenegro, as well as representatives of international organizations (CIS, WCC, ECC) also participated in the works of the General Assembly with the status of observer.
The Inaugural ceremony was held in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Prof. Dr. Slavica Đukić Dejanović opened the works of the General Assembly, in presence of Members of the National Assembly of Serbia, Ambassadors of I.A.O.’s member-states as well as representatives of the Mass Media.
The main subject of this year’s General Assembly was: ‘The Global Economic Crisis and its impact on Social – Spiritual – Cultural European tradition. The role of Orthodoxy’.
The General Assembly also discussed and exchanged views on the subject: ‘Challenges before the Orthodox population in Kosovo and Metohi’.
The following reports were presented on the main subject:
• “Economic crisis and orthodoxy – between fear and hope” by Professor Emeritus of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Prof. Nikos Zacharopoulos,
• “The religious dimension of the global economic crisis” by the I.A.O. advisor prof. Valery Alexeev.
Following the resignation of Mr. Aristotelis A. Pavlidis, the General Assembly accepted the decision of the President of the General Assembly Mr. Sergei Popov, to appoint Secretary General of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.) Mr. Anastasios Nerantzis, Head of the Greek delegation to the I.A.O., C′ Vice-President of the Hellenic Parliament.
The General Assembly adopted the following resolutions: