Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

In 2016, Germany had the responsible task of holding the OSCE Chairmanship. The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in 2016 was the then German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. He was assisted by the Special Representative of the Federal Government for the OSCE Chairmanship, Gernot Erler. Gernot Erler will remain our OSCE Special Representative in 2017. Germany’s OSCE Ambassador Eberhard Pohl headed the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna during Germany’s Chairmanship Renewing dialogue: Steinmeier meets his foreign minister counterparts from the OSCE region at the OSCE Informal Ministerial Meeting in Potsdam on 1 September Enlarge image Renewing dialogue: Steinmeier meets his foreign minister counterparts from the OSCE region at the OSCE Informal Ministerial Meeting in Potsdam on 1 September (© Thomas Trutschel/photothek.net)

Following 1991, Germany headed the world’s largest regional security organisation for the second time in 2016. Even after handing over to our successor, Austria, we are continuing our efforts to strengthen the OSCE. For example, we are working closely with the Austrian (2017) and Italian (2018) Chairmanships as part of the OSCE Troika Rebuilding trust: Steinmeier puts Connectivity at the heart of the International Business Conference in Berlin on 18 May Enlarge image Rebuilding trust: Steinmeier puts Connectivity at the heart of the International Business Conference in Berlin on 18 May (© AA)

The motto of the German Chairmanship in 2016 highlighted fundamental goals which remain crucial in the light of the current crises:  “Renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”

Restoring Security: During a visit to Ukraine in mid-September, Steinmeier underscores the German Chairmanship's support and work in strengthening the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Enlarge image Restoring Security: During a visit to Ukraine in mid-September, Steinmeier underscores the German Chairmanship's support and work in strengthening the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (© Florian Gaertner/photothek.net)

Germany championed these goals throughout the year. The trips by the Chairperson-in-Office in the OSCE area and the informal ministerial meeting in Potsdam on 1 September 2016 were key events.

Trips by the Chairperson-in-Offfice during 2016

The meeting of OSCE Foreign Ministers in Potsdam on 1 September

Brochure

Programme and priorities

The motto for the year was “renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”. The German Government sought to strengthen OSCE instruments and institutions, promote dialogue among the participating States and take advantage of concrete opportunities for confidence-building.  We worked hard to overcome conflicts in the OSCE area throughout Germany’s Chairmanship. This included protecting and better equipping the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), as well as our efforts to contain the renewed outbreak of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Germany set itself ambitious goals in all three OSCE dimensions.

Priorities of the German OSCE Chairmanship 2016 [pdf, 415.98k]

Click here to read a report by Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship on key progress and impetus in selected areas during 2016.

Arbeitsbericht des Deutschen OSZE-Vorsitzes [pdf, 204.5k]

The Chairs of the three Committees: Amb. Istrate, Amb. Zugic and Amb. Pehrman

Information on the work of the three Committees

The Permanent Council has three informal subsidiary bodies, including one committee for each of the three dimensions of the OSCE security concept (politico-military, economic and environmental, and human). The Committees meet in an informal format and report, make recommendations to, and prepare relevant decisions for the Permanent Council. The Chairmanship appoints the Chairpersons of all three Committees.

Amb. Martin Sajdik

Current information by Ambassador 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.

OSCE Chairmanship 2016

Speeches and Documents

Here you can find speeches and other interesting documents published during the German OSCE Chairmanship

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The Hamburg Declaration

At the close of Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship, Steinmeier – along with the Austrian and Italian Foreign Ministers – published an agenda for the future of a strong OSCE in a secure Europe.

What was going on during the German Chairmanship?

Here you can find a timetable of the most important stepstones and events of the German Chairmanship 2016.

And what else?

During the Chairmanship wie reported on a lot of subjects our team was involved with. Here you can read the articles publishes throughout the Chairmanship year.

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A Buddy Bear for the OSCE

SG Zannier with Buddy Bear

In order to promote the German Chairmanship we placed Berlin's trademark, a Buddy Bear, in the Hofburg.

On the road for security and co-operation

On the road for Security and Cooperation

On Vienna's streets for security and co-operation: Our Chairmanship-Smart