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Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy

The Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (Greek: Διακοινοβουλευτική Συνέλευση Ορθοδοξίας, Russian: Межпарламентская Ассамблея Православия), or I.A.O., is a transnational, inter-parliamentary institution that in 1994 was established as European Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (EIAO).

Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy
Διακοινοβουλευτική Συνέλευση Ορθοδοξίας
Межпарламентская Ассамблея Православия
Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy.svg
Formation5 November 1994 (1994-11-05)
TypeReligious inter-parliamentary institution
Headquarters22-24 Vas. Amalias St.
Athens, Greece
parliamentary committees of 21 national parliaments
Official language
Greek, Russian, English, French
Secretary General
Anastasios Nerantzis
President of the General Assembly
Sergei Popov
International Secretariat
Main organ
General Assembly

Based in Athens, Greece, the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy constitutes a permanent communication structure between parliamentarians of the members' states aiming at unity in diversity of Orthodox Christians on the basis of the principles and values of Christianity and democracy.[1]


I.A.O. delegation headed by Sergei Popov (c.) meeting Greek Alternate Minister of European Affairs Nikos Hountis (r.)

Inspired by a conference held from 30 June to 4 July 1993 in Chalkidiki on the topic of "Orthodoxy in the New European Reality", the European Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy was formed on initiative of the Hellenic Parliament.[2] Following the 1993 Manifesto of the Participants, the official Founding Act was passed by the participants of the Founding Synod held in November 1994 in Athens.[3] After in 2001, groups of MPs from Australia, Asia, Africa and the U.S.A. participated in the General Assembly, the organization was renamed Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.).[2]

During the 2004 General Assembly in Kiev, Ukraine, in June 2004, it was decided to seek cooperation with the Parliamentary Union of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (P.U.I.C.). A co-operation agreement was drafted at an Athens meeting of the two organizations on March 22, 2005.[2] On 19 May 2010, a cooperation agreement with the Pan-African Parliament was signed by PUIC's President Idriss Ndele Moussa and I.A.O.'s Secretary-General Anastasios Nerantzis[4]

Massive protests broke out during the 2019 General Assembly in Tbilisi, Georgia, after the chairman of the assembly, a Russian communist named Sergei Gavrilov, made a number of public statements that were viewed by the Georgian public as denigrating Georgian sovereignty.[5][6]

Institutional bodiesEdit

General AssemblyEdit

Supreme organ of the I.A.O. is the General Assembly consisting of the delegations of all member parliaments. It convenes annually in June. The President of the General Assembly is elected for a two-year tenure by the plenary session of the Assembly. The General Assembly convenes once annually during the month of June.[7]

Presidents of the General Assembly

International SecretariatEdit

The International Secretariat appoints eight standing committees. It is headed by the Secretary-General, the Alternate Secretary and the Treasurer, and consists of additional five members.[7]

Member countriesEdit

The Assembly currently consists of parliamentary committees of 21 countries, mostly from Eastern Europe, including:[7]

Additionally, delegations from Australia, Asia, Africa and the United States have been participating in the Assembly.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Declaration of the 20th anniversary annual General Assembly" (PDF). Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "History". Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Manifesto of the participants – Founding Act – Regulation of Functions" (PDF) (2nd ed.). Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy. 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Co-operation Agreement between the Pan-African Parliament and the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy" (PDF). Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy. 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Georgia States Protests While Its Relations With Russian Are in a Tailspin". New York Times.
  6. ^ Genin, Aaron (2019-07-25). "Georgian Protests: Tbilis's Two-Sided Conflict". The California Review. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  7. ^ a b c "About the I.A.O." Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy. Retrieved 13 March 2015.

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