Conferences and Documents

OSZE-Ministerrat

The Ministerial Council in Hamburg 2016

The annual conference of the Ministerial Council at the end of the German Chairmanship took place in Hamburg on 8 and 9 December and was hosted by the OSCE-Chairperson 2016 and then Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Article on diplo.de (interrim assessment)

Article on diplo.de (conclusion)

Eventpage on osce.org

BM Steinmeier beim 22. OSZE Ministerrat

The Ministerial Council in Belgrade in 2015

The annual conference of the Ministerial Council at the end of the Serbian Chairmanship took place in Belgrade on 3 and 4 December and was attended by then German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Final Documents of the Ministerial Council in Belgrade

Speech by then FM Steinmeier at the MC in Belgrade

Article by the Foreign Office on the MC in Belgrade

Pressekonferenz beim OSZE-Ministerrat

The Ministerial Council in Basel in 2014

The annual conference of the Ministerial Council at the end of the Swiss Chairmanship took place in Basel on 4 and 5 December and was attended by then German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Final Documents of the Ministerial Council in Basel

Speech by Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Basel (4.12.14)

Website on the Ministerial Council in Basel by the German Foreign Office

Heads of State and Government at the OSCE Summit in Astana, 1 December 2010

The OSCE summit in Astana in 2010

For the first time since the summit in Istanbul in 1999, a high-level OSCE meeting was held at the end of the Kazak Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2010. The heads of state and government of the then 56 OSCE participating States met on 1 and 2 December 2010 in the Kazak capital Astana and agreed to consolidate as well as set the agenda for the further development of the OSCE with regard to the Politico-Military, Economic and Environmental and the Human Dimensions.

Declaration of the OSCE summit in Astana, 2.12.2010

KSZE-Schlussakte mit den Unterschriften von Bundeskanzler Helmut Schmidt für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland und des Staatsratsvorsitzenden Erich Honecker für die DDR

From Helsinki (1975) to Istanbul (1998) – the most important summits prior to Astana

The founding document of the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Helsinki Final Act, was adopted by the original 35 participating States at the first CSCE summit conference in Helsinki from 30 July to 1 August 1975. The second CSCE summit, which took place in Paris in November 1990, laid the foundation for the process of institutionalisation. Five additional summits were held – in Helsinki in 1992, Budapest in 1994, Lisbon in 1996, Istanbul in 1999 and Astana in 2010. Each was preceded by documents and declarations that represent important milestones in the history of the organisation.

Istanbul, 18-19 November 1999

Lisbon, 2-3 December 1996

Budapest, 5-6 December 1994 (Towards a Genuine Partnership in a New Era)

Helsinki, 9-10 July 1992 (The Challenges of Change)

Paris, 19-21 November 1990 (Charter of Paris for a New Europe)

Helsinki, 1 August 1975 (Final Act)

Conferences and Documents

Blick ins Magazin

The Document Library of the OSCE

The Document Library of the OSCE website is the most comprehensive documentation on the CSCE / OSCE, encompassing not only relevant agreements but also documents on events and meetings from 1973 until today.