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 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 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”
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.