The people behind the Chairmanship

What does CiO mean? Who are the heads who drive forward our mutual OSCE project? What are the tasks of a Special Representative? And who is responsible for what during the German Chairmanship?

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

The Chairperson

The Chairperson-in-Office (CiO) for the German Chairmanship 2016 is Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The Chairperson-in-Office takes the lead in conflict prevention, resolution and rehabilitation in the OSCE region, taking up direct contact with the parties involved and arranging or conducting settlement negotiations. He will also chair the Ministerial Council in Hamburg on 8 and 9 December 2016. For more information click here:

CV of Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier

SR Erler

Special Representative for the German OSCE Chairmanship 2016

The Special Representative plays an active role in the organisation of the German Chairmanship and represents the Chairperson in OSCE-related activities, e.g. the OSCE Troika. The Special Representative for the German Chairmanship is Dr Gernot Erler. Further information about him can be found here:

CV of Dr. Gernot Erler

Ambassador Pohl

Task Force in Berlin and Permanent Mission in Vienna

In addition to the Permanent Mission to the OSCE in Vienna, which is responsible for the concrete political work at the OSCE’s main office, a Task Force at the Federal Foreign Office’s Head Office in Berlin has been established. The Head of the Permanent Mission is Ambassador Eberhard Pohl, and the Head of the Task Force is Ambassador Antje Leendertse. The Task Force also includes exchange diplomats from various OSCE participating States who provide personnel support. Furthermore, experts from other German Government ministries have been seconded to the Task Force.

Special Representatives

Special Representatives

In order to deal with crises and ensure better coordination of participating States’ efforts in specific areas, the Chairmanship may appoint personal or special representatives. Personal representatives have a clear and precise mandate which outlines the tasks they are expected to undertake. The tasks of the Special Representatives range from conflict management to youth and security.

List of the Special and Personal Representatives of the German Chairmanship

People behind the Chairmanship

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Current information by Ambassador Martin Sajdik

Amb. Martin Sajdik

On this page you can find current information by the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine, Ambassador Martin Sajdik.