EU relations with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

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The OSCE spans 'from Vancouver to Vladivostok', bringing together 57 countries in Europe, North America and Central Asia. The EU, representing half its membership and contributing over two thirds of its budget, is a key player in the organisation.

The OSCE is the only regional security organisation spanning 'from Vancouver to Vladivostok', bringing together 57 countries in Europe, North America, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. The European Union, representing half the OSCE's membership and contributing over two thirds of its budget, is a key player in the organisation.

The OSCE's comprehensive and cooperative approach to security, addressing the politico-military, economic environmental, and human dimensions of conflict, dates back to the Helsinki Final Act of 1975 but is today more relevant than ever. The EU is a strong supporter of this comprehensive take on security. In times of renewed geopolitical tensions, the EU values the OSCE as a forum for continued dialogue with Russia.

The European Union works through and with the OSCE on a range of issues, such as conflict prevention and resolution, arms control, human rights, minority protection, election observation and the rule of law. Transnational threads, such as terrorism, cyber security and environmental degradation are also on the OSCE agenda and important for the EU.

While pursuing a comprehensive approach that makes better use of all OSCE instruments and policies, the EU will continue to reflect on the role of the OSCE in its broader external action. The aim is to identify how to better engage with the OSCE in a way that advances its foreign policy goals and projects the EU's strategic interests and values.

The EU Delegation in Vienna represents the Union at the OSCE, where the EU representative normally speaks on behalf of all 28 EU Member States. The EU also maintains close working relationships with the OSCE field operations and the so-called OSCE autonomous institutions, notably the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

Based on the EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy pdf - 183 KB [183 KB] , the EU also seeks the full implementation of all OSCE commitments with a human dimension.


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  • 21/03/2015
    Declaration by the High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the European Union on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • 06/03/2015
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs (Gymnich) Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs (Gymnich) 03/06/2015 14:23:16 03/06/2015 14:23:16 03/06/2015 14:23:16 03/06/2015 14:23:16 2015030614 090126248ea3d057 N 090126248ea3d057 /statements-eeas/2015/150306_01_en.htm 5889 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150306_01_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150306_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150306_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs (Gymnich)
  • 02/03/2015
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the Parliamentary elections in Tajikistan Statement by the Spokesperson on the Parliamentary elections in Tajikistan <p><i>We take note of the preliminary findings and conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the European Parliament's International Election Observation Mission to the Tajikistan Parliamentary Elections of 1 March 2015.</i></p> 03/02/2015 18:21:43 03/02/2015 18:21:43 03/02/2015 18:21:43 03/02/2015 18:21:43 2015030218 090126248e97b5da N 090126248e97b5da /statements-eeas/2015/150302_01_en.htm 4442 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150302_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150302_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150302_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150302_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the Parliamentary elections in Tajikistan
  • 27/02/2015
    Call between HRVP Federica Mogherini and OSCE CiO Ivica Dačić Call between HRVP Federica Mogherini and OSCE CiO Ivica Dačić <p>Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, spoke on the phone today with the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Serbia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić. They discussed in particular the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine, the need for full implementation of the Minsk agreements and the concrete measures the EU can take to support the challenging work of the OSCE. </p> 02/27/2015 18:49:33 02/27/2015 18:49:33 02/27/2015 18:49:33 02/03/2017 18:49:33 2015022718 090126248e908a09 N 090126248e908a09 /statements-eeas/2015/150227_01_en.htm 4320 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150227_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150227_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150227_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150227_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Call between HRVP Federica Mogherini and OSCE CiO Ivica Dačić
  • 04/02/2015
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the latest development in Eastern Ukraine Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the latest development in Eastern Ukraine <p><span style="font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; font-size: 13.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><span style="font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; font-size: 13.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;">The spiral of ever increasing violence in Eastern Ukraine needs to stop. The fighting provoked by the continued separatist offensive, notably around Debaltseve, is causing great human suffering and undermines all efforts aimed at a political solution. </span></span></p> 02/04/2015 11:50:06 02/04/2015 11:50:06 02/04/2015 11:50:06 02/04/2015 11:50:06 2015020411 090126248e40f13c N 090126248e40f13c /statements-eeas/2015/150204_01_en.htm 10529 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150204_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150204_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150204_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150204_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the latest development in Eastern Ukraine

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