The Assembly was established in March 1995 by
the leaders of Supreme Soviets (parliaments) of the Commonwealth countries
as a consultative institution to discuss problems of parliamentary cooperation
and develop proposals by the parliaments of the CIS states.
The Assembly consists of parliamentary delegations of the states - participants of the CIS.
The activities of the Assembly are carried out by the Assembly Council which comprises the leaders of the parliamentary delegations.
The Assembly Secretariat, headed by Secretary-General, was created to ensure the work of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, its Council and commissions.